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Events and reunions


Alumni events

For further information on any of the events listed, please email rsvp@royalholloway.ac.uk

Geology reunion – 20th Anniversary 2017

Geology alumna, Judith Glazier (née Shaw) is planning a 20-year geology reunion to take place in 2017. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Judith via alumni@rhbnc.ac.uk.

Toronto alumni reception - Thursday 28 September 2017

We are delighted to invite you to a Royal Holloway alumni reception in Toronto, Canada on Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm-9pm (venue to be confirmed).

The evening will offer a great opportunity for you to hear about news and developments at the College from Max Lacey (Royal Holloway International) and to meet and network with fellow alumni in the area.

Tickets are complimentary but places will be limited so please register to attend by Friday 22 September.

Taipei alumni reception - Friday 6 October 2017

We are delighted to invite you to a Royal Holloway alumni reception in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday 6 October, 7.30pm-9pm (venue to be confirmed).

The evening will offer a great opportunity for you to hear about news and developments at the College from Sarah Parker (Royal Holloway International) and to meet and network with fellow alumni in the area.

Tickets are complimentary but places will be limited so please register to attend by Monday 25 September.


Alumni Sports Day - Saturday 13 January 2018

Save the date for Alumni Sports Day 2018! Further details will be available in due course.


Organising your own reunion

Reunions are a wonderful way to reconnect with former classmates, whilst also providing valuable professional networking opportunities. If you are interested in organising a reunion for fellow alumni, we can support you through the process.

Key steps:

  • Contact the Alumni Relations team and let us know what you are planning.
  • Decide on the type of event - reunions can be anything from a casual gathering to a whole weekend of activity either in a central location or at the College, depending on what would interest your group.
  • Confirm a date - if you are planning on coming back to campus, contact us in advance and we can confirm if areas you may wish to visit are available.
  • Promote the event - let us know the details of the reunion and who you want to invite. We can send an invitation to relevant alumni we have contact details for as well as highlighting it on our website and social media channels.
  • Enjoy your reunion and tell us how it went! We love to hear about reunions that have taken place. Send us a write-up and photos after the event for us to showcase on Higher Online.

For more information, please contact the Alumni Relations team on alumni@rhbnc.ac.uk or +44 (0) 1784 414478.


Selected College events

For a list of all College events please see www.royalholloway.ac.uk/events

Heritage Open Day - Sunday 10 September 2017

11am - 5pm - Founder's Building - North Quad

The Picture Gallery will be open between 11am-5pm with talks by the Curator. Guided tours of the Founder's Building and grounds will start at 11.30am. There will also be an opportunity to join guided tours at Virginia Park the former Holloway Sanatorium.

Fur further information please contact: events@royalholloway.ac.uk

Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary: Memory and Harmony - 30 November 2017

The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS and Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Memory and Harmony: An evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London

Venue: The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5AS
Date and time: 30 November 2017 at 7pm

This year RHUL The Hellenic Institute celebrates the opening of its 25th Anniversary with a lecture on the study of Hellenism by the well-known historian, author and broadcaster Dr Bettany Hughes, followed by a recital of music by the celebrated Greek pianist Panayiotis Gogos, under the theme Metamorphoses. The repertoire includes a series of Liszt transcriptions of works by Schubert, Wohin, Barcarolle, Liebesbotschaft, Aubade, Der Doppelgänger, Erikönig, Litaney; it concludes with Chopin‘s Scherzo No 2 op. 31. All welcome. For reservations please contact Ch.Dendrinos@rhul.ac.uk  

Panayiotis Gogos has given numerous concerts throughout Europe since graduating with honours in piano and counterpoint in 1998. He worked in Athens with the great pianist and Tchaikovsky Conservatory Professor Valery Sagaidachny. After that he continued his piano and chamber music studies under Professor Thérèse Dussaut at the Toulouse Conservatory, whence he graduated in 2004 with the “Prix de Perfectionnement” and the “Prix de Musique de Chambre”. Gogos then spent three years at the famous artists’ residence “Cité Internationale des Arts” in Paris. Since then he has performed widely as an “Ambassador of the Music of Chopin”, a title conferred by the Polish Ministry of Culture.

Dr Bettany Hughes is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, who has devoted the last 25 years to the vibrant communication of the past. Her speciality is ancient and mediaeval history and culture. A Scholar at Oxford University she has taught at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and lectured at Cornell, Bristol, UCL, Maastricht, Utrecht and Manchester. She is a Tutor for Cambridge University’s Institute of Continuing Education and a Research Fellow of King's College London. Her first book Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore has been translated into ten languages. Her second, The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life was a New York Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Writer’s Guild Award. In her latest book, Istanbul: a Tale of Three Cities, she takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world’s greatest cities: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul. She has written and presented over 50 TV and radio documentaries. Her programmes have now been seen by over 250 million worldwide. In 2010 she was given a Special Award for services to Hellenic Culture and Heritage.

Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary: "Ruins" of Athens - 6 March 2018 

“Ruins” of Athens: ancient modes reimagined: a piano recital by Carlo Grante for the benefit of The Hellenic Institute

Venue: Windsor Auditorium, Royal Holloway, University of London
Date and time: 6 March 2018 at 7pm

A concert of classical piano works with links to ancient and modern Greece. The eminent pianist Carlo Grante begins with Beethoven’s thrilling Variations on “The Ruins of Athens”, in Liszt’s transcription. They were written as incidental music for a play of that name in which Minerva and Mercury meet Greeks dreaming of their liberation ca 1800. The rest of the concert, featuring some of the best-loved works in the classical repertoire, illustrates how the music of the ancient world lives on in the DNA of western music. Modal scales such as Lydian and Phrygian survived the development of the major vs. minor musical language of the 17th and 18th centuries, on the one hand in folk melodies, such as those in the works chosen by Chopin, Brahms and Bartók. On the other, turn-of-the 20th century composers like Satie and Debussy actively aimed to write a modern music that evoked that of an imagined pre-Christian classical past. They blurred major and minor, used “ancient Greek” modes, and gave their pieces Greek titles and settings. Though we know the melodies of the ancient Greeks only from a few fragments, the myriad possible divisions of the octave were studied by an eminent series of ancient Greek philosophers, and certainly Satie, Debussy and Bartók were fascinated by their possibilities. The programme of the concert includes Beethoven/Liszt, Grand Fantasy on Beethoven’s Overture to “The Ruins of Athens” S. 388b, Chopin, Mazurkas, op. 24/2, op. 30/4, op. 68/4, Brahms, Variations on a Hungarian Song, op. 21, no. 2, Satie, Gnossiennes, nos.  3, 4, 5, Debussy, Hommage à Rameau (Images, I/2), Danseuses de Delphes (Préludes, I/1), Brouillards (Préludes, II/1) and Canope, II/10, and Bartók, Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56. All welcome. For reservations and tickets @ £17.50, students free of charge, please contact: royalholloway.ac.uk/events

Carlo Grante is one of Europe’s foremost concert pianists. A Bösendorfer artist, he has performed in Vienna’s Musikverein, the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican, Rome’s Santa Cecilia Hall, in Zurich, Dresden, Leipzig and Prague, in Mexico, and at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in the USA. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, the Zurich Philharmonia, MDR Leipzig, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Concertino Wien. In 2014-15 he gave a series of concerts, “Masters of High Romanticism”, devoted to Chopin, Schumann and Brahms, at Lincoln Center, the Vienna Musikverein and the Berlin Philharmonie. He has made over 50 recordings; recent CDs include Liszt: Art and Literature, and Adolphe’s Chopin Dreams. Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Fabio Luisi wrote that “Carlo Grante is one of the most astonishing artists I have ever known and worked with”, while Die Presse dubbed him “a knight of the piano, without blemish and without fear.”

Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary closing concert Odyssey - 27 October 2018

The Hellenic Institute 25th Anniversary closing Concert Odyssey by Lydia Kakabadse, performed by the RHUL Choir

Venue: Chapel, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

Date: 27 October 2018 at 7pm

The Hellenic Institute will be closing its 25th Anniversary celebrations with the premiere of Odyssey, a specially commissioned choral work, representative of an epic journey through centuries of Greek history and culture.  Accompanied by the harp, Odyssey will be performed by the RHUL Choir under the directorship of Rupert Gough. The lyrics are a synthesis of selected Greek poetry from Homer and the Classical period, through Hellenistic and Roman times to Byzantium, post-Byzantium and Modern Hellenism. All welcome. For reservations please contact: royalholloway.ac.uk/events

Lydia Kakabadse is a leading composer of mainly chamber and choral music. Her works include string quartets, string duet, songs, musical dramas, cantata, a concert Requiem Mass and choral works for mixed/male/children’s choirs. “A very gifted and accessible composer” with “a mastery of counterpoint and a richness of ideas” (Music Web International), Lydia started piano lessons at the age of five and composing at thirteen.  She studied the double bass under the late Ida Carroll OBE and read Music at RHUL (1977). Lydia has been included as a Greek heritage classical composer in the “Archive of Classical Greek Composers”.  Her works, which have been released under the Naxos and Divine Art labels, are played on BBC Radio 3 and have been included on International Women’s Day.  


Music events


Midweek Music - various dates

Weekly free concerts in the College Chapel by the Choir of Royal Holloway, every Wednesday during term-time 1.15pm-1.45pm

Please visit their website for more information.

Concert Series  - various dates

Please visit the Music event page for details of all upcoming orchestral performances, including the weekly Friday Pocket Concert showcasing the very best of our music students.

International concerts - various dates

The Royal Holloway choirs have the following engagements:

19-23 December 2017 - The Netherlands

The Chapel Choir have been invited to give Christmas concerts in:
19 December: Vlissingen
20 December: Amersfoort
21 December: Apeldoorn
22 December: Nijmegen
23 December: Amstelveen


8-17 April 2018 - USA and Canada

The Chapel Choir will be performing in Edmonton (Canada), Dallas, San Antonio and Houston TX and (t.b.c.) west coast USA


Please visit their website for more information.


Department / School events


Media Arts End of Year Show - 13 October 2017

We are delighted to invite you to the Media Arts End of Year Show taking place from 5pm until 9pm on 13 October in 11 Bedford Square, London.

The evening includes a showcase of recent students’ work, a drinks reception and is a great opportunity to meet other alumni, new Media Arts students and see the Bedford Room which is available for alumni to use.

More information and book your place.

Biological Sciences - Jack Pridham Lecture, 16 October 2017

What are rainbow foods and why should we eat them? Professor Peter Bramley, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
Monday 16 October 6.15pm

The World Health Organisation recommends that a balanced diet should contain a good proportion (400g) of fruit and vegetables – the so called ‘5-a-day’ diet.  This advice is based upon numerous studies that have shown such a diet reduces the incidence of certain cancers, cardio-vascular disorders and age-related diseases. Furthermore, the fruits and vegetables should encompass the ‘rainbow foods’ that include not only those that are green, but also those that are coloured yellow, orange, red and purple, in order to consume a wide range of antioxidants, including  carotenoids (yellow, orange and red) and anthocyanins (purple). This lecture will explain how these phytonutrients are beneficial to health, the best sources of them and how plant biotechnology can be used to modify their levels.

More information and book your place.

Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Academic Symposium, 7 Dec 

School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Academic Symposium: Sharing the Road: Real and Imagined Pilgrimages

Free attendance but booking is essential. Contact: Dr Arantza Mayo (arantza.mayo@rhul.ac.uk)

To coincide with the photographic exhibition on ‘Hospitality on Pilgrim Road to Santiago de Compostela’, to be held in the Emily Wilding Davison Building from 6 November to 9 December 2017, the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is organising a one-day multidisciplinary symposium on the theme of Pilgrimage. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage interdisciplinary discussions about pilgrim journeys and pilgrimage routes across historical periods and geographical areas, particularly in terms of their role in the dissemination and exchange of ideas. Topic areas may include (but are not limited to): the literature, art, architecture, music, theology and history of pilgrim routes; visual and literary representations of pilgrim journeys; the psychological and social dimensions of pilgrimage; the geographical, economic and political aspects of pilgrim routes.

Psychology - Meet our Grads, 17 October 2017

We would like to invite you to come to the Psychology Department’s 'Meet our Grads' event on Tuesday 17 October 2017, from 5.30pm.

Our current finalists are very much looking forward to meeting our alumni at this popular annual event. This is an opportunity for them to network with graduates who have entered a wide range of careers. We do hope that you will be amongst the graduates who come and talk to our finalists this year. Whatever your career path has been, you will be extremely welcome. You will also be able to network with other alumni who are at various stages in their careers.

If you are interested in finding out more please email psyoffice@rhul.ac.uk. 

Please pass this invitation on to any other Psychology graduates you know! We do hope you can make it.







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