Music Society

As Director of Music I would like to welcome all new students to the college – as well as welcome back all existing members – and to encourage you very warmly to pursue your musical interests during your time in Cambridge.

As a Cambridge student you will find many wonderful opportunities to play, sing and listen to music, both in college and beyond. Whether you are drawn to jazz, chamber music, Broadway musicals or rock; whether you wish to start a choir, share your home culture with others, or try something for the first time; whether you are an expert or beginner – we want to hear from you!

All members of College are welcome to become involved in the running of the Society, which is always keen to know what types of music students would like it to organise and programme. Various events are run throughout the year, including themed evenings (such as American Thanksgiving and Christmas Carols), local bands and performers, and exclusive concerts sponsored by the Stradivari Trust. If you would like to become involved, please come along to the Freshers’ Fair and introduce yourself, or make contact via the details given below.  If you would like to join the mailing list of music events in college, please contact

For those of you interested in singing, Hughes Hall Choir rehearses on Monday evenings. The choir offers opportunities to sing a wide range of music types. Whatever your ability, if you want to sing, please come along! There will be more information at Fresher’s Fair about plans for the coming term, so do look out for the stall. Amy Klohr (, a professional singer and Senior Member of the college, is pleased to take Hughes Hall students as private pupils and will be at Fresher’s Fair to give further advice about vocal opportunities in Cambridge and the local area.

The College has three practice pianos (one of which, in the combination room, can be used silently with headphones) and a Steinway Grand piano in the Pavilion Room. There is also a piano in the Suzanne Ziegler Garden Room, which is available for anyone to play. For further information about access and use please contact and I can provide more details. Hughes Hall also hosts the Cambridge Graduate Symphony Orchestra which rehearses regularly on Sunday evenings. If you are interested in joining, please contact Alex Reid ( who will be happy to hear from you.

If you would like to sing or perform, or require an accompanist, do let us know as we can usually help put you in touch with other musicians in Cambridge, both at Hughes as well as at other colleges.  In the coming year there will be at least two ‘Music Cafés’ – informal evening events which are open to all and which offer opportunities for anyone to perform.  If you are interested in playing in this relaxed and friendly setting please contact Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig ( who would be delighted to hear from you.

With very best wishes for the term ahead,

Nigel Yandell (njy22), Director of Music & Fellow, Hughes Hall


Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig ( – Music Café

Amy Klohr ( – Hughes Hall Choir and vocal training

Alison Nicholson – ( Administrative support to the Music Group

Alex Reid ( Cambridge Graduate Orchestra

Corinne Roughley ( – Music in the Pavilion