Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and Long Yu at the Sheldonian Theatre

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Long Yu, began their performance with a festive and energetic rendition of Huanzhi’s Spring Festival Overture, which according to the programme was inspired by singing and dancing celebrations witnessed by the composer – and according to a fellow scholar was evocative of a puppy that has heard the […]

King Charles III

On Monday the 22nd of February, a group of Ertegun scholars descended upon the Oxford Playhouse to witness Mike Bartlett’s ‘future history play’, King Charles III. Given that the play in question is a winner of the Olivier Award, has been touted as the ‘play of the year’ by several prominent publications and was directed by […]

February Ashmolean Proms

Recently, a group of Ertegun scholars sought refuge from a particularly cold February evening at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Though the grandeur of the Ashmolean’s Victorian classical architecture is impressive even as you shoot past it on your bike, its magic was multiplied at night, in part by the rarity of this out-of-hours opening. Awaiting us […]

Faith After the Pharaohs

On Saturday a delegation from Ertegun house set off for ‘faith after the pharaohs’ at the British Museum. I was particularly keen as the artefact whose image has been splashed over leaflets, posters and catalogues for the exhibition is probably my favourite in the BM’s collection- a large chunk of green Egyptian basalt carved into […]