Hughes Hall is a diverse academic and social community, and this is reflected in the wide variety of musical activities and events that typically take place over the course of the academic year. Music should be entertaining, stimulating, rewarding and, above all, enjoyable and, with this in mind, Hughes’ musical repertoire aims to programme concerts and events that cater to a wide range of tastes and interests, encouraging both performers and listeners alike. From informal student events to professional recitals, College members are always warmly welcome, and ideas and suggestions for future programming are genuinely encouraged.
College Music is overseen by the Honorary Director of Music and College Fellow Nigel Yandell, whose responsibilities include programming the Hughes Hall music calendar, with the support of Amy Klohr, Corinne Roughley, Stephen Axford, Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig, Alison Nicholson, Naoki Toyomura (alumnus) and Teng Wei Yeo (student liaison, 2021-22).
The non-audition College Choir embodies the egalitarian values of the College, welcoming students, seniors, alumni and staff; in recent years students have also taken turns at conducting the choir. There are opportunities for students to take part in concerts and to organise performances. The College’s main performance space is the Pavilion Room, a friendly and informal setting with a Steinway Piano. We also have an upright practice piano located in the Maletin Room.
The College’s usual musical activities include:
- Hughes Hall concert series
- Stradivari Trust recitals and related events
- Weekly college choir rehearsals and informal ‘music cafés’
- Cambridge Graduate Orchestra rehearsals