Societies

Hat Club

The Hat Club is the College’s society for talks and debate. It is an essential part of academic life in the college, in which everyone is encouraged to take part. The society hosts regular talks given by students and fellows of the college as well as high-profile external speakers on anything from ancient history to particle physics. All of the talks are aimed at a general audience with no background in the subject area, making this a great place to learn something completely new and meet people outside of your area of study.

The Hat Club also provides a platform for current students at Hughes Hall to present a short (20-30 minute) introduction to their work. This is always in a very friendly and informal environment making it a great opportunity to build confidence and learn to present your ideas clearly before speaking to a critical audience in your department. If you are interested in speaking at the Hat Club please contact the current Hat Club President at hatclub[at]hughes.cam.ac.uk.

Margaret Wileman Music Society

The Margaret Wileman Music Society is run by a group of students and members of the College. We have a vibrant collection of concerts taking place each term. Please see the Music Concert Programme for Michaelmas Term. Concerts are free and open to all students and their guests. If you are interested in getting involved with music and performance at Hughes then please read the Director of Music’s letter and get in touch with Rachel Knight (alumni[at]hughes.cam.ac.uk). We hope to see you at one of our concerts soon!

Hughes Hall Poker Club

The HHPC is a friendly, mostly Hold’Em, poker club that meets in the Hughes Hall Pfeiffer Room about every 10 days. We usually play cash games, with the option to run a tournament whenever members require. Buy-ins are kept low, and beginners are encouraged to practice on the free tables (and get some help from more experienced players). We also keep a set of chips and a deck of cards behind the MCR bar for impromptu games.
Please drop Alex (ab2087) a line to add your name to the distribution list.

Wine Tasting Society

The Hughes Hall Wine Tasting society meets 3 times per term in the Pfieffer room. Tastings are conducted by a professional, Matthew Boucher, at a cost of £10 per person. It is fairly low key, you get to sit on a couch while we fill your glass and Matthew talks to you about the wine you are drinking.

Each tasting samples 8 wines from around the world, typically valued between ten and thirty pounds per bottle. These wines are usually available locallybut there is no obligation to buy anything. Regardless of whether you are experienced or completely new to wine you can definitely get something out of our tastings. In Michaelmas term 2013 there are four scheduled wine tastings on 16th October, 6th November, 20th November and 4th December. Tastings are held on wednesday evenings at 8:30pm and usually take two hours.

In the past we have also had beer and whiskey tastings. If places are available guests from outside hughes are welcome to attend. Suggestions for themes welcome!

No need to be a member! Signup to tastings is always available at: www.tinyurl.com/hugheswine

For when the wine is in, the wit is out. – Thomas Becon (1512–1567)

Film Society

The Hughes Hall Film Society is for anyone who likes film and wants to find out more about it. We present a diverse range of movies, from different countries, eras, and genres. Showings are in the Pfeiffer Room on Sunday and Tuesday nights, with the schedule announced in advance. Please stop by if something sounds appealing, or if you just need a break. You will be welcome to join a discussion, or just to watch the movie.
– Steve Irish (si266), Harika Tankasala, and Laura Viidebaum

Hughes Hall Photographic Society

Photo Society welcomes all Hughesians interested in photography – regardless if you are a beginner or a pro. We hold regular meetings where we talk about photos we (and others) have taken, set ourselves new challenges, invite interesting guests, organise thematic tutorials – new ideas are always welcome, after all everything is possible. Every now and then we also run a photographic contest: last year’s winning photo will be soon displayed on one of the college walls, and for this year we are planning a contest for a new Hughes Hall postcard! If you like to be kept in the loop about our activities please email Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig (ai261) to be added to the current Photo Soc mailing list.

Compulsion: The Graduate Writing Group

We meet twice a term to discuss each other’s creative writing. Mainly prose and poetry but other forms welcome. Meetings will be held during first term on 14th Oct, 28th Oct and 11 Nov Sun from 5pm to 7pm in the Grads Cafe, top floor, University Centre, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RU. Please email or phone Matt (mjsl2) or 07903 374 364 before coming. No experience necessary.

Hughes Hall Law Society

Our college law society organises social, academic, career, and networking events for undergraduates and postgraduates studying law. As a college with the largest intake of LL.M. students, our Law Society is one of the most active in Cambridge. Networking events include “talk and dinner” with magic circle law firms and high profile barristers from leading London chambers.

Chess Club

The Hughes Hall Chess Club has a history of success in intercollegiate tournaments, but currently it has no captain. If you are interested in taking the position and running the club please contact Arshiq Muhseen (am2166).

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A Programme of French and English Harpsichord Music

Sunday 17 April, 3.00 – 4.00 pm, Pavilion Room Music in the Pavilion Dan Tidhar returns to Hughes Hall, following his sell out performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations last year. To include works by Purcell and Couperin. Free admission, please book via www.dantidharathugheshall.eventbrite.co.uk

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‘Fairest Isle’: Love and Nationalism in Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’

Saturday 16 April, 7.30 – 9.30 pm, Pavilion Room Music in the Pavilion Concert performance of Acts 3, 4 and 5 by Ursula Bambuch, Simon Oberst, Ashley Stafford and Stephen Lawrence, accompanied by Dan Tidhar (harpsichord), Jenny Bullock (cello), Helen Roche and Mark Seow (violins). To include in-concert illustrated talk by Purcell scholar Dr Alan […]

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Sir Keir Starmer QC MP on Immigration

Friday 15 April, 5.30 – 6.30 pm, Pavilion Room Sir Keir is one of the UK’s most significant legal and political figures. Hosted by Dr Martin Steinfeld (Hughes Hall Fellow), Dr Amy Ludlow (Faculty of Law) and Daniel Zeichner MP, this is your chance to ask questions and express views about a highly relevant and […]

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Hughes Blues

Hughes have a huge number of talented sports people, often these achievements go unnoticed. We would like to recognise these dedicated individuals and extend our congratulations. Ballroom Dancing – Jodie Chalmers, Kirsty Davies and Tania Isacu all competed in a VERY successful Inter-Varsity competition, where Cambridge cleaned up the awards. Basketball – Izzy Vyvyan (ex […]

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24-HRs of Erging for Academic Refugees! March 3rd

March 3rd, mark the date, stretch intensely and join us for our 24 hour constant Erg session for a worthy cause! The University is having some very interesting discussions around academic refugees from Syria and other war-torn regions and the work being done by the CARA foundation. The Fitz MCR Committee has already actively voiced […]

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Applications are now open to be on the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series Committee for 2016-17

If you enjoy attending concerts and would like to find out more about how they are run, don’t miss the opportunity to become involved in Cambridge’s most prestigious lunchtime concert series. Taking place every Tuesday at 13.10 in West Road Concert Hall, these 45-minute recitals showcase the University’s finest musical talent, offering a diverse range […]

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Get 3£ student tickets to see CUMS Concert Orchestra concert — Thursday 3rd March, 8pm at West Road Concert Hall

CUMS Concert Orchestra concert on Thursday 3rd March, 8pm at West Road Concert Hall. Student tickets are only £3 and it’s a cracking programme! Visit http://www.cums.org.uk/events/event/beethoven-piano-concerto-no-1/. Beethoven Egmont Overture and Piano Concerto no 1, with Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite as well!

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Bridging Academic & Professional Worlds — DANIEL ZEICHNER MP “BRITAIN’S INTERNATIONAL ROLE …”

You are cordially invited to join the Hughes Hall Focus Area Series Date: 5 February 2016 6pm, Pavilion Room, Hughes Hall Free event. All welcome. www.hughes.cam.ac.uk danielzeichnerathugheshall.eventbrite.co.uk The civil war in Syria … Climate change … Nuclear deterrent … Overseas aid … EU and migration … Q&A session hosted by Martin Steinfeld, Charnley Fellow in […]

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May Ball Presidents’ Committee | Big Audition Weekend

Interested in performing at May Balls this June? Audition in front of up to 9 May Balls or June Events at this years Big Audition Weekend! The Big Audition Weekend is run by the May Ball Presidents’ Committee and will take place on the 23rd/24th January at the Winstanley lecture hall in Trinity College. The […]

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CAROLS FOR ALL Tuesday 1st December approx. 9.15 pm, Pavilion Room

Led by Quondam Fellow Peter Britton, come and sing Carols immediately after Formal Hall. A chance to get into the festive spirit and experience a much valued British tradition. Please do come and participate.

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MARGARET WILEMAN CONCERT SERIES Friday 27th November, 6.00 pm Pavilion Room

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 […]

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MARGARET WILEMAN CONCERT SERIES Friday 20th November, 6.00pm Pavilion Room

A flute recital of Mozart, Martin, Fauré, Enesco and Clarke by 3rd year Hughesian music tripos Rosalind Ridout, accompanied by pianist Claudia Grinnell. Rosalind Ridout was one of the two prize winners in the annual CUMS Concerto Competition, and will perform with the Chamber Orchestra next year (see https://www.hughes.cam.ac.uk/news/student-wins-music-prize/). Some of you will also remember […]

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MUSIC IN THE PAVILION Saturday 7 November, from 7.00 pm in the Pavilion Room

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

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Hughes Hall Music Café – 10 November

Hughes Hall is organizing a Music Café on November 10! In contrast to our usual concerts, this will be an informal event for Hughesians to show off their musical talents – sing, play, make music – in a friendly café-style atmosphere. Of course it is also perfectly fine to just come, listen and enjoy. Repertoir […]

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Christ’s Films – THE LEGO MOVIE – Saturday 24th October – 9pm

Running time: 101 mins Chris Pratt is joined by a huge all-star cast in this hit animated film. Emmett leads as an unlikely hero where a case of mistaken identity sends him on a quest to save the LEGO universe. Aided by Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and a whole assortment of classic […]

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Britten Sinfonia for Students – cheap tickets and Sinfonia Student scheme

APPLICATION DEADLINE – FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER Sinfonia Students is our voluntary scheme for students based in Cambridge and London, offering valuable experience and the chance to help Britten Sinfonia build its profile within the student community. The role of Sinfonia Student pairs hands-on experience of working alongside Britten Sinfonia’s marketing team with excellent rewards including […]

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Cambridge University Musical Society Auditions

CUMS INSTRUMNETAL AUDITIONS 2015: Auditions for CUMS instrumental ensembles take place from THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER – MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER. You can sign up for your audition on our website – www.cums.org.uk – from Wednesday evening. With ensembles ranging from our Symphony Orchestra to the Cambirdge University Percussion Ensemble there are plenty of playing opportunities to […]

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Seminar – Regulation of medical research under European Data Protection

Please join us for the next Life Sciences and Society Seminar at Hughes Hall entitled ‘Regulation of medical research under European Data Protection’. The seminar will be given by Dr David Erdos who is a University Lecturer in Law and the Open Society at Cambridge. His work explores the nature of Data Protection especially as […]

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Church Search Event – Sunday 4th October

If you’re new to Cambridge and are a Christian looking for a church to join, or not a Christian and want to see what church services in Cambridge are like or want to meet some Christians, come along on the 4th October. We’ll meet at 9am for some breakfast in the Pfeiffer Room before heading […]

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Postgrad Touch Rugby Tournament

Cambridge University RFU are running an event on 26th September. If anyone is interested in entering a team, contact john.naylor@curufc.com. They will also play the England Vs Wales match in the bar afterwards.

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