College Charter Celebrations include new poem by Carol Ann Duffy

Royal Charter logoLast Saturday, 12 June, Homerton College celebrated the award of the Royal Charter and becoming a ‘proper’ Cambridge College. There were speeches by Dr Kate Pretty (Principal of Homerton College), Prof Alison Richard (Vice-Chancellor of the University), and Sir David Harrison (former Chairman of the Homerton Board of Trustees). Alison Richard had just been appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for services to Higher Education in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

To mark the occasion Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and Honorary Fellow of the College, wrote a poem simply called Homerton. The poem was set to music by another of the College’s Honorary Fellows (and Master of the Queen’s Music), Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and performed for the first time at the weekend event by the Homerton Charter Choir. The text of the poem has been beautifully presented in calligraphy, created and donated by Barry Jones (Emeritus Fellow), which is currently on display in the Combination Room. The text of the poem is included below. There was also an exhibition of the history of Homerton College in the Drawing Room Square created with material from the College Archive.

After the speeches and cutting of a cake, Homerton students contributed to the occasion with various short performances of drama (A Brief History of Homerton College) and music (Homerton Steel Pans, music by Marium Jamali and others, jazz by HoJo and the Homerton College Choir). The wonderful weather allowed this to be very much an outdoor event in the beautiful grounds of the College.

Kate Pretty introduces the ceremony

Kate Pretty introduces the ceremony

HOMERTON
by Carol Ann Duffy, Poet Laureate and Honorary Fellow
.
Home is in Homerton
and you can find the moon
concealed in Homerton,
a hidden light revealed.
Respice finem.
.
Merit in Homerton,
if you will have an eye
only for Homerton,
a lovely sight revealed.
Respice finem.
.
Respice finem.
Look to the end.
The last act crowns the play.
Respice finem
and Homerton the way.
.
Hero in Homerton.
Mother, alma mater,
and more in Homerton,
a bright new morn revealed.
Respice finem.
.
Respice finem.
Look to the end.
The last act crowns the play.
Respice finem
and Homerton the way,
Homerton the way.
Advertisements

About homlib

The Library of Homerton College, University of Cambridge.
This entry was posted in Cambridge news, General Library News, Homerton College news. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s