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College Music

Hughes Hall is a diverse academic and social community, and this is reflected in the wide variety of musical activities and events that 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’ Music 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.

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

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, Stephen Axford, Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig, Alison Nicholson, Naoki Toyomura (alumnus) and Teng Wei Yeo (student liaison, 2021-22).

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.

There are opportunities for students to take part in concerts and to organise performances. The term time non audition College Choir (Tuesdays @ 6.15 pm, Pavilion Rm) is led by Choir Director and Senior Member Amy Klohr and 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. Hughes Hall also hosts the Cambridge Graduate Orchestra which rehearses regularly. If you are interested in joining, please contact Alex Reid who will be happy to hear from you.

The College’s main performance space is the Pavilion Room, a friendly and informal setting with a Steinway Piano. The Steinway piano is strictly reserved for concert performances and college-led music events. However, an upright practice piano is located in the Maletin Room. No booking is required and access is available when the room is not being used for college purposes.

We are aware that a proportion of our students play an instrument to a high standard and, in order to maintain this level, would like to continue with regular practice. Currently, our partnership with nearby Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to access their practice rooms is suspended. We are looking at ways to secure alternative facilities as soon as possible.

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. 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.