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Alumnus Appointed High Court Judge

Alumnus Ian Dove (1982, Law) , Deputy Head of No5 Chambers, has been appointed a High Court judge at a ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice. The Queen conferred a Knighthood on Ian.

Ian first began his career in Law at No5 Chambers 28 years ago. He has been described by Legal 500 as ‘an excellent strategist and advocate’.

Ian was elevated to Queen’s Counsel in 2003, and is a respected barrister in the Planning & Environmental & Public Law fields taking on many notable cases during his time at No5.

Catz Welcomes Nobel Laureate

We were honoured to welcome Nobel Laureate and ex-US Energy Secretary, Professor Steven Chu, to speak at Catz on Wednesday 12 November 2014. The event marked the inaugural lecture for the newly-formed St Catherine's College Speaker Society, a student-run initiative aimed at bringing interesting and high-profile speakers to the College to give talks.

Kim-Natalie Mousset

German Lektorin

Laura Tunbridge

BA Oxf, MA Nott, PhD Princeton

Teaching

I teach nineteenth- and twentieth-century music history and analysis at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current lecture courses include Richard Strauss and the Representation of Women, The String Quartet after Beethoven, Lieder in Theory and Practice, and Musical Thought and Scholarship.

About me

I read music at The Queen's College, Oxford, then completed a MA at Nottingham and a PhD at Princeton. I taught for two years at the University of Reading, and for ten years at the University of Manchester, before joining St Catherine's and the Music Faculty in October 2014. I have been a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University, New York, and at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin.

Research

My new book, Singing in the Age of Anxiety: Lieder Performances in New York and London between the World Wars (Chicago University Press, 2018), investigates vocal recitals in London and New York in the 1920s and 30s, examining the impact of interwar politics on British and American musical life and the influence of Austro-German musicians on repertoire and performance styles, as well as the ways in which live concert practices were informed by early recordings, radio and sound film.

That project builds on earlier interests in singers and songs. The Song Cycle (Cambridge University Press, 2010), traces a history of the genre from Beethoven through to today. It considers how ideas about song cycles have been shaped by performers and recording technology, and how song cycles have interacted with other genres: from symphonies and operas to popular music.

My other major interest is the reception of the life and works of Robert Schumann. I am particularly interested in the influence his biography has had on our understanding of his music, which I wrote about in Schumann's Late Style (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and in Rethinking Schumann (co-edited with Roe-Min Kok, Oxford University Press, 2011).

Further information about my research can be found on my Faculty webpage and at https://oxford.academia.edu/LauraTunbridge.

Graduate supervision

I am the MSt and MPhil convenor in the Faculty of Music and teach seminars on topics such as Aesthetics, Theory and Analysis, and Music and Travel. Enquiries from prospective postgraduate students are welcome.

Henfrey Fellow and Tutor in Music
Professor of Music

Catz Alumni Compete In World Rowing Championships

Congratulations to Catz alumni Andy Triggs Hodge (2004, Geography & Environment) and Zoe De Toledo (2010, Experimental Psychology), who both competed at the 2014 World Rowing Championships held in Amsterdam from 24-31 August.

Zoe De Toledo was selected to cox the GB Women’s Eight, which finished sixth in the Final. Andy Triggs Hodge rowed with the GB Men’s Four, which won gold in the Final ahead of the USA in silver and Australia in bronze. The Men's Four just missed out on a world record, but clinched the gold medal winning in 5:40.24 finishing a length ahead of the USA.

Emeritus Fellow Lord Attenborough Dies

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Fellow, acclaimed actor, and Oscar-winning director, Lord Attenborough, who passed away on 24 August 2014 at the age of 90.

Richard Attenborough held the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre in 1996. He generously invited students on to a film set during his time as Visiting Professor, as well as giving them access to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), of which he was President.

Catz 12th in Norrington Table

St Catherine’s is delighted to announce a strong performance in this year’s interim Norrington Table, which compares the performance of undergraduate students at each of the Oxford colleges in their final examinations.  The final Norrington Table will be published in September, after the appeals period.

44 of our students achieved First Class Honours, and Catz was placed twelfth in the Norrington Table for the 2013/2014 academic year, achieving an overall percentage of 71.73% – our second highest ranking to date.

The Master, Professor Roger Ainsworth, commented:

Shoshannah

Where did you study before coming to Oxford?

I received my Bachelor of Arts, Honours and my Master of Arts in English Literature (with a specialty in Romanticism) from the University of Manitoba, Canada.

What are you studying/researching at Oxford?

I am currently in the second year of my doctorate in English literature at Oxford. My thesis argues for the essential correlation between the literary and the ethical as it is conveyed in the fiction of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.

Why did you choose St Catherine’s? (if you did)

I began my studies at Oxford as a student at St Edmund Hall but migrated to St Catherine’s on scholarship. I am grateful to be part of St Catherine’s warm and welcoming community.

What do you like most about St Catherine’s?

The College’s financial support for its students is impressive as is the academic support provided by committed tutors, the Dean, and Junior Deans. The academic life here is vibrant and intellectually inspiring. The library is extensive and serves as a wonderful workspace.

St Catherine’s social life is equally stimulating with all the opportunities for students to interact at formal dinners and other social events and activities. For these reasons as well as for its tranquil and aesthetically pleasing setting of hedged walkways and gardens, St Catz is a perfect place to pursue one’s studies.

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