Past Events

15th March, 6 pm, Stradivari Trust Concert Series

Jacqueline Shave, the acclaimed Leader of the Britten Sinfonia performed in the intimate atmosphere of the Pavilion Room.  Together with pianist Malgorzata Garstka and cellist Caroline Dearnley, Jacqueline played a programme of works by Brahms and Biber. This was a fundraising concert to help Jacqueline acquire a fine violin by Nicolo Amati of Cremona dated 1672, which she played at the event. Sponsored by Lark (Group) Limited.

9th February, from 9.15 pm Music Café

An informal evening of music making for Hughesians at the Music Café. Come along and participate, or just sit back, listen and enjoy. Refreshments available. Contact Dr Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig if you would like to offer something. Spontaneous offers to play/sing/perform on the day will also be welcome.

6th February, 7.30 pm Music in the Pavilion: The Mifune Tsuji Trio

Renowned violinist Mifune Tsuji, pianist Paul Jackson and saxophonist Jin Theriault perform as a unique trio, playing solo and trio pieces from around the world. The three musicians have been performing together since 2012. Hear a  dazzling variety of genres ranging from traditional Japanese music to Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla.

22nd January, 6 pm Margaret Wileman Concert Series

Returning by popular demand, and with his own inimitable style, Ian de Massini* performs Bach’s iconic Goldberg’ Variations from memory, on the college Steinway piano. Free admission, with Ian’s complimentary, personal and comprehensive programme notes available at the door.

21st January, 6 pm Stradivari Trust Concert Series

Violinist Joseph Devalle accompanied by pianist Jennifer Hughes. Programme to include Brahms, Ravel, Bach and Sebelius. One of the Trust’s newest musicians, this concert marks the launch of a campaign to raise funds to purchase a violin made by Anselmo Belosio in 1778. To book (no charge), contact: Kate Lee 01223 353070 or email

14th December, 6pm, Stradivari Trust Concert Series

Cellist Bartholomew LaFollette performs with pianist Caroline Palmer. To  include: Bach C major suite; Brahms E minor sonata op38 and Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso.  Bartholomew has developed his career as an international soloist as well as holding a Cello Professorship at the distinguished Yehudi Menuhin School.

1st December, 9:15pm, Carols For All

Carols For All led by Peter Britton*

27th November, 6pm, Margaret Wileman Society

A rare ‘live’ performance of one of the greatest pieces of music for solo voice and piano, Olivier Messiaen’s song-cycle  Harawi. Performed by the concert-pianist and Hughes Hall Senior Member, Ian de Massini, with the mezzo-Soprano soloist Jennifer Bastable.  A heady mix of French hedonism, Andean mythology, surrealist imagery, primeval folklore, and an intoxicating love-pact beyond the grave.

20th November, 6pm, Margaret Wileman Society

A flute recital by Hughesian music tripos Rosalind Ridout, accompanied by pianist and Senior Organ Scholar at Peterhouse, Claudia Grinnell.  To include:  Fantaisie – G Faure (1845 – 1924); Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major: I Allegro maestoso – W A Mozart (1756 -1791); Cantabile et Presto – G Enesco  (1881 – 1955) Ballade for flute and piano – F Martin (1890 – 1974).

7th November, 7pm, Music in the Pavilion

An eclectic mix of blues, jazz, tango and Shakespeare. With Martin Kemp’s band and ‘The Corellis’ fronted by Neil Mercer*.

10th November, 8:30pm, Informal evening of music making at the Music Café

On the 10th of November Hughes Hall hosted its first ever Music Café – a relaxed evening at the Pavilion room filled with performances by Hughesians for Hughesians. Far from formality of standard concerts, with no fixed programme and no bounds on musical styles – we heard an impressively broad range of pieces from classical Bach to modern Beck songs and a mandolin version of a balalaika piece, and pretty much everything in between. Hughes Hall community definitely has a lot of talent, and is not afraid to showcase it, students and fellows alike! Intertwined with chats over coffee or a glass of wine, music filled the candle-lit Pavilion room for full two hours, and we probably could have gone for longer if it was not getting quite late already. If you would like to join us next time – whether to perform or listen – please save the date for the second Hughes Music Café on the evening of the 9th February 2016.

21st September, 6pm, Stradivari Trust Concert Series: A free concert in aid of the Beatrix Lovejoy Violin Trust

Beatrix Lovejoy and Simon Lane performed Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and Ravel’s 2nd Violin Sonata, as the opening concert for the new academic year.  Both pieces were beautifully modulated to cope with the size and intimacy of the room.  It was clear that Beatrix and Simon have played a lot together but these were no routine performances.

The Spring Sonata is so well-known that it has to be very good to ‘persuade’ – and it did.  Beatrix treated the audience to an unaccompanied Bach encore just in case we had failed to appreciate the exceptional quality of her late 18th century Italian (Gragnani) violin.

This Gragnani has been acquired for Beatrix by The Stradivari Trust, a small charity based in Cambridge and headed by Hughes Hall Honorary Fellow and venture capital pioneer Nigel Brown. For over thirty years Nigel has made it possible for exceptional and emerging musicians to play, and eventually own, world-class instruments by setting up syndicates of contributors who buy nominal £1 shares in the instrument.  These shares are then bought back by the musician over a period of ten to twenty years.

5th June, 6pm Margaret Wileman Concert Series: JS Bach Goldberg Variations, Dan Tidhar (Harpsichord)

An early evening concert of Bach’s Goldberg Variations took place in front of a packed and enthusiastic Pavilion Room audience last Friday (5th of June), played by harpsichordist Dan Tidhar on a splendid instrument by Colin Booth, based on a double-manual French harpsichord of 1769. Dan Tidhar’s intelligent and sensitive approach explored a wide range of moods and sonorities with clear understanding – much to the pleasure and admiration of the audience. Altogether this was a most enjoyable evening, and the college very much looks forward to welcoming Dan back to perform again at some point next year.