The Gathering

Petrean Events

Here you will find information about forthcoming events for Petreans taking place in College and elsewhere in the coming months.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 we have sadly had to cancel most of our events this year, details of which events are cancelled are listed below. We will also be putting information here about virtual events in and around College and the University which you can enjoy remotely.

If you have any questions, please contact Ellissa Chilley

Cancelled Events

It is with regret that we have had to cancel the following events up to the end of 2020: 

  • Annual Gathering, Saturday 27 June – CANCELLED
  • William Stone and 1284 Circle Lunch, Saturday 26 September – CANCELLED  
  • Petrean dinner (2006-2010), Saturday 26 September – CANCELLED
  • Law Lecture, Friday 16 October – CANCELLED
  • London Drinks, Thursday 19 November – CANCELLED
  • London Carol Service, 10 December – CANCELLED (virtual event planning taking place)

If you have any questions about this please email

Virtual Events

We may not be able to meet in person this year, but we would like to draw your attention to a number of vitual ways you can engage with the College and University community remotely during this time: 


Peterhouse Music Society May Week Recitals: available now
A group of our talented current students from the Peterhouse Music Society provided a week-long series of short evening recitals which were live-streamed over May Week. The first in the series was performed by the terrific violinist Esme Lewis (soloist at last year’s May Week Concert) – you can view her performance, along with all the other recitals from the week, on their Facebook page here:


Centre for Geopolitics: virtual webinar series and panel discussions

The Centre is an interdisciplinary space created by leading academics, headed up by Peterhouse fellow Professor Brendan Simms, with the aim to consider within their historical contexts the world's most pressing current geopolitical questions. They have been running a series of webinars and virtual panel discussion on a wide variety of topics, recent ones are available on their website which includes details about events coming up on Baltic States 1939-1940 and COVID and the Geopolitics of Brexit: A British-German Conversation.


Peterhouse Virtual Chapel Services: Weekdays at 5pm BST
You are all very warmly invited to join your fellow Petreans online for services using Zoom. We meet in cyberspace for daily evening prayer Monday through Friday at 5 pm BST using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

To join our daily prayer services, please sign in 5 minutes before prayer begins using this link:
Meeting ID: 956 7554 5791
Password: 183305

We will also host Compline services via Zoom on a few Thursdays in the summer chanted in part by choir members – details will be posted on the Chapel Facebook page or you can email the chaplain at

Wherever in the world you are, we would love to see you.


Peterhouse Politics Society: Thursday 25 June
This will be live-streamed on Facebook Live and Zoom and audience members will be able to send in questions on both platforms.

  • Thurs 25th June, 6.00pm-7.30pm
    with Ben Rogers (co-founder and chair of Hong Kong Watch), Nigel Inkster (former Assistant Chief of MI6) & Junyan Chen (Fellow at Chatham House)

Facebook event page:


Virtual May Bumps: Wednesday 24 June – Saturday 27 June

The first ever virtual May Bumps is taking place this weekend – the committee behind it has been working tirelessly to make the event as engaging and realistic an experience as possible – swapping the rowing on the water for 800m runs – the timings will be fed into a specially prepared Bumps algorithm which will churn out Bumps charts to find out which “crews” are fast enough to catch the team ahead of them, without getting bumped first of course! All while raising money for good causes. More information can be found here:


The May Week Mega Event: Sunday 28 June

All Peterhouse alumni are invited to join the current Cambridge community in watching The May Week Mega Event on the evening of Sunday 28 June. This online celebration of May Week is organised and run by Cambridge students and aims to raise funds for causes on the frontline of the fight against pandemics.

Starring well-known faces from across the university and beyond, including Emma Thompson, Clare Balding, Griff Rhys Jones and the Footlights, as well as content contributed by more than 300 staff, students and alumni from across the university. We hope you will join us in coming together as a Cambridge community, past and present, to celebrate May Week despite the circumstances and enjoy an evening of high quality entertainment and inspiration.

The Mega Event will be streamed live at Follow the link here for your invitation and more details of the programme for the evening.


Alumni Festival Weekend: 17 Sept – 26th Sept
We are very pleased to announce that the 30th Alumni Festival will be taking place online from Thursday 17 September to Saturday 26 September 2020. The programme will feature live and interactive events including webinars, quizzes and virtual tours. There will be lots to see and explore and many ways to connect with alumni all over the world. The programme will be available on 30 July with online booking opening on 13 August.

More information will be made available here:


Contact Details

Office email:
Telephone: 01223 765187