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Due to the impact of the pandemic, some of the College’s usual musical activities and partnerships have been reimagined.

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 and Alison Nicholson.

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 (this can be used silently with headphones).

Music should be entertaining, stimulating, rewarding and, above all, enjoyable and, with this in mind, Hughes Hall’s musical programme aims to programme caters to a wide range of tastes and interests, encouraging both performers and listeners alike.

Regular sessions and facilities include:

  • Hughes Hall, Stradivari Trust and Friends of Cambridge Early Music concert programmes
  • Weekly College choir
  • Cambridge Graduate Orchestra rehearsals
  • Nearby practice facilitates at ARU (8 rooms, grand and upright pianos, large ensemble spaces and a band room with drums and keyboard).

We will resume musical activities as soon as we can reasonably do so, following all relevant advice under the appropriate performing arts guidelines. In the meantime,

While our usual musical activities are somewhat affected currently, we are keen to keep our musical community connected. Therefore, if you sing, play an instrument or enjoy listening to music, and have recently joined the college, we would love to hear from you. Please email music@hughes.cam.ac.uk and request to be added to the Music Teams site. We continue to work on a programme of online and in person music events, ranging from ‘in conversation’ events to our ever popular ‘music café’. Details will appear in our Events sections as details take shape.