Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Dame Fiona Reynolds inspires students at King’s Ely’s James Bowman Lecture

Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former director-general of the National Trust Dame Fiona R

Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former director-general of the National Trust Dame Fiona Reynolds was guest speaker at King’s Ely’s James Bowman Lecture earlier this month. - Credit: Archant

Dame Fiona Reynolds was guest speaker at King’s Ely’s James Bowman Lecture this year.

Dame Fiona, who is Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former director-general of the National Trust, inspired senior students, staff, Old Eleans and guests at the annual lecture, which was held in the school’s Hayward Theatre on October 5.

Dame Fiona spoke about her book, The Fight for Beauty, in which she writes about the world around is, examining landscapes and urbanisation.

Principal of King’s Ely, Sue Freestone, said: “It was a real privilege to welcome Dame Fiona to King’s Ely. Her talk was impassioned and compelling, and she presented some challenging concepts to our students. We could not have had a better speaker.”

The James Bowman Lecture was established by King’s Ely three years ago to promote the creative and liberal arts at the school, and is generously supported by the Old Eleans’ Club.


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James Bowman, CBE, is a world-renowned counter-tenor, whose career spans opera, oratorio and solo recitals. He was educated at King’s Ely between 1951 and 1960, singing as a boy chorister at Ely Cathedral, before going on to study at New College, Oxford, where he was a member of New College and Christ Church choirs.

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