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Message from Dr Yandell, HH Director of Music

Due to the impact of COVID-19, many of the college’s usual musical activities and partnerships have had to be temporarily suspended.

These include:

  • Hughes Hall, Stradivari Trust and Friends of Cambridge Early Music concert programmes
  • Weekly college choir
  • Cambridge Graduate Orchestra rehearsals
  • Practice rooms at nearby ARU.
    Note: the Maletin Room piano is available for silent practice.

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, we are working on a programme of online music events, ranging from ‘in conversation’ events to our ever popular ‘music café’. Details will appear here as events take shape.

While our usual musical activities are suspended, 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.

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.

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 and Alison Nicholson.

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 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. 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 Maletin Room (this can be used silently with headphones). Please note the important access and hygiene instructions when using this instrument. To book a practice slot (max 2 hours), use the booking sheet, located by the piano.

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.

The events archive gives details of events and concerts over the most recent academic year.