Almost 30 benefactors and their guests attended the traditional Commemoration and Ceremony of Benefactors in the College Chapel last Sunday. The Dean of Chapel, Revd Tim Harling and the Praelector, Dr David Butterfield, led the proceedings, with the President, Lord Eatwell (1964), reading the list of benefactors from previous centuries.
Dr Anna Paterson (2000), Pang Kam Ping Fellow in Medicine, gave the address highlighting the positive impact of philanthropy on the College. The Michael Williamson Instrumental Scholar, Patrick Bevan (2017), closed the proceedings with a sublime performance of the Thaïs Méditation on the violin.
The Choir, conducted by the Aliki Vatikioti Senior Organ Scholar Jack Spencer (2015) and Mr Ralph Allwood (Fellow Commoner), sang Byrd’s Sing Joyfully and Stanford’s Justorum Animae.
Following the service the Benefactors and their guests attended a drinks reception in the President's Garden before proceeding to the Feast in Old Hall. Dr Ian Patterson, Fellow Librarian, spoke about the on-going project to digistise the Old Library collection and Edward Reeve (2014), Aliki Vatikioti Postgraduate Scholar in Music, thanked the benefactors for their support of Queens’. Several students, including the JCR and MCR Presidents were also present to host alumni and friends of the College, some of whom had travelled from Hong Kong and the United States to attend the event.
For more information about how to become a benefactor at Queens’ College, please email Mr Sam Davis (Senior Development Officer) at email@example.com
Selected photos of the event are available here.