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.
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 three practice pianos: one located in the Combination Room (this can be used silently with headphones); one located in the Garden Leisure Room and a Steinway grand piano located in the Pavilion Room. The pianos in the GLR and Combination Room are booked through firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com in line with the college room booking process.
The Steinway piano is strictly reserved for concert performances, college concert rehearsals and accomplished pianists (minimum Grade 8, diploma etc) who intend to contribute to the musical life of College, either through performances in College concerts or through service to the Margaret Wileman concert series. Anyone wishing to use the Steinway grand piano must seek approval from the Director of Music by filling out an application.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
here is a round-up of past events during the current academic year on the Past Events page.