Commemoration ball

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A Commemoration ball is a formal ball held by one of the colleges of the University of Oxford in the 9th week of Trinity Term, the week after the end of the last Full Term of the academic year, which is known as "Commemoration Week". Commemoration balls are held by different colleges each year, following a cycle by which each college holds a ball every three years.[1]

Commemoration Week is so known because of the ceremonies in commemoration of the benefactors of the university that are held then, namely the Commemoration Day sermon formerly held (until 2006) on the Sunday, and the Encaenia ceremony (where the annual Creweian Oration in honour of benefactors is given) and garden party on the Wednesday of that week. Commemoration Week was formerly one of two occasions when balls were traditionally held, the other being Eights Week, the 5th week of Trinity term when the Summer Eights rowing races occur. Eights balls are nowadays comparatively rare.

Definition[edit]

There is no formal definition of a Commemoration ball, but the usual Oxford convention is to refer only to the larger, triennial balls as Commemoration balls. The dress code is usually white tie. Many other colleges hold smaller events during Commemoration Week that they call summer balls or parties rather than Commemoration balls. These are usually held on an annual or irregular basis, and are usually black tie. Merton College holds a triennial winter ball, of which the next will be in 2016.[2]

Recent and upcoming balls[edit]

In the past, Commemoration balls were held "night after night"[3] by different colleges during Commemoration Week. With many colleges now holding smaller annual summer balls, Commemoration balls are now held by only some of the larger colleges, who still follow the traditional triennial cycle. Oriel College hosts a ball in the first year of the three-year cycle, and until recently Magdalen College also did. However Magdalen College cancelled their ball in 2015 at the last minute downgrading to a smaller affair. Currently, in the second year, there is only one regular Commemoration ball held by New College. In the third year, there are now four colleges with this honour (Worcester College, Christ Church, Trinity College, St. John's College).

The 2005 Christ Church Commemoration ball was the first to be held by that college for fifteen years because of an incident at the 1990 ball that led to the Governing Body suspending the ball and replacing it with an annual summer party until 2005.

In 2013, Balliol College held a Commemoration ball to mark the 750th Anniversary of the College's foundation, the first Commemoration Ball at Balliol since 1969.[4] Similarly, the commemoration ball hosted by Worcester College on 27 June 2014 was the highlight of celebrations to mark the college's tercentenary.[5]

  • 2003 — Magdalen College
  • 2004 — New College
  • 2005 — Trinity College, Worcester College, Christ Church, St. John's College
  • 2006 — Magdalen College
  • 2007 — New College
  • 2008 — Trinity College, Worcester College, Christ Church, St. John's College
  • 2009 — Magdalen College, Oriel College
  • 2010 — New College
  • 2011 — Trinity College, Worcester College, Christ Church, St. John's College
  • 2012 — Magdalen College, Oriel College
  • 2013 — New College,[6] Balliol College
  • 2014 — Trinity College,[7] Worcester College,[8] Christ Church,[9] St. John's College[10] Merton[11] Exeter[12] Hertford College[13]
  • 2015 — Oriel College, Magdalen College (Cancelled)
  • 2016 — New College,[14] Magdalen College,[15] The Queen's College[16]
  • 2017 — Corpus Christi College, Trinity College,[17] St John's College, Worcester College, Christ Church

Performances[edit]

Commemoration ball organising committees generally seek to secure private performances from leading entertainers; some notable performances are listed below.

2017
2016
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
1999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balsdon, J.P.V.D.: Oxford Life, page 240. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1957
  2. ^ "Merton College Winter Ball". 
  3. ^ Balsdon, J.P.V.D (supra)
  4. ^ "Balliol 750th Anniversary Commemoration Ball". Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  6. ^ http://newcollegeball.co.uk/[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Trinity College Ball http://www.thetrinityball.com/
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Christ Church Commemoration Ball 2014 http://christchurchball.co.uk
  10. ^ St John's College Ball http://ball.sjc.ox.ac.uk/
  11. ^ http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/event/summer-ball
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  14. ^ New College Ball "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Magdalen College Ball http://www.magdalenball.com
  16. ^ The Queen's College Ball https://ousu.org/organisation/9590/
  17. ^ http://www.trinity-ball.com
  18. ^ http://www.trinity-ball.com/music-entertainment
  19. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  20. ^ http://thetercentenaryball.co.uk/images/PDF/Programme.pdf[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ Trinity Commemoration Ball 27 June 2014 Programme
  22. ^ [1]
  23. ^ Athlete at Magdalen College Ball 2012 on YouTube
  24. ^ Oriel College Ball 2012
  25. ^ Worcester College Commemoration Ball 2011 :: The Grand Tour Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Trinity Commemoration Ball 2011 :: The Night Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.

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