Music

College Music

Hughes Hall is a diverse community and this is reflected in the musical activities that take place in the College. There is a wide range of concerts throughout the year, from student events to the Margaret Wileman Society Concert Series which are given by professional musicians.

Information about forthcoming events throughout the year are listed in the calendar and events coming up soon are available here.

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 and Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig.

The Stradivari Trust, founded by former City Fellow, and now Honorary Fellow of the College, Nigel Brown OBE, hosts regular concerts throughout the year. These events attract a wide-ranging and highly appreciative audience, and are performed by some of Britain’s leading young string players.

The College Choir embodies the egalitarian values of the College, with students and senior membership all participating; 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. On Mondays during term, the choir practices in the Pavilion Room (at 6pm), and the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra, founded by Hughes Hall alumnus Alex Reid, holds its regular rehearsals there.

The College has an upright practice piano located in the Combination Room (this can be used silently with headphones). It can be booked through conference@hughes.cam.ac.uk in line with the college’s room booking process.

The Steinway piano (located in the Pavilion Room) is strictly reserved for concert performances and college-led music events. However, we have secured an arrangement with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to access their generous practice facilities. These include 8 practice rooms (with upright pianos) and two teaching rooms, each with a grand piano and appropriate for larger ensemble work. There is also a band room with drums and keyboard.  These facilities are just a few minutes’ walk from college.

Anyone wishing to use the facilities at ARU must complete this application. The form should be returned to music.practice@hughes.cam.ac.uk where it will be reviewed. If you are placed on the approved users list, you will be able book practice rooms and pick up a swipe card from ARU Reception which will allow entry to the music department. It must be returned personally to ARU Reception at the end of each practice session. Our aim is to offer the chance for college members to practice in readily available and purpose built practice rooms. We are therefore delighted that we have been able to establish this partnership.

More details for students are available on the MCR website.

Information about forthcoming events is provided below, for further information, to be added to the mailing list, or for anything else related to music at Hughes Hall, please contact music@hughes.cam.ac.uk.

here is a round-up of past events during the current academic year on the Past Events page.

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.