The Northumbrian Cambridge Association has brought together alumni living in the North East of England for almost 90 years.

We meet in most months for walks, talks, concerts, films, freshers and festive events, an annual dinner, and an AGM. For more information, see our events pages, or contact a Committee Member.

The Cambridge Lecture in 2017 was given after the AGM by Professor Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, (2008-14) and Fellow of Clare College. Professor Cartledge gave a stimulating lecture Back to the future? 10 Things You Really Ought to Know about Democracy in Ancient Greece, which was very well received.  Our 2018 Cambridge Lecture, Stalin's Playlist, will be given Professor Marina Frolova-Walker (Professor of Music History at Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College).

We always welcome new members (the subscription is £10 a year). For information about joining, or attending a forthcoming event, please contact us using the Get in Touch link below. Events for the remainder of 2018 are:

Monday, September 17

Mincoffs, Newcastle upon Tyne

Freshers’ Welcome Party


Friday, September 28

Royal Grammar School,

Newcastle upon Tyne

AGM & Annual Lecture 

Stalin's Playlist

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker

The issue of Stalin’s musical tastes has never undergone any scholarly investigation: it remains a preserve of popular literature, where fact is often mixed with fiction. In this lecture, Professor Frolova-Walker will approach it from one particular angle: the awards of Stalin Prizes in music, which are often seen by popular writers as a direct extension of Stalin’s personal preferences. Among the many surviving documents pertaining to Stalin Prizes, she has discovered lists of nominations which include Stalin’s own marginalia. Considering them together with relevant memoir literature will allow us to answer the question on whether Stalin was indeed routinely imposing his personal musical tastes on the nation.

Tuesday, November 6

Sage, Gateshead

Sixties Gold Final Tour

with Pre-Concert Dinner

Friday, December 7

County Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne

Christmas Lunch

Wednesday, December 12

Revolution, Newcastle upon Tyne

Pre-Christmas Freshers' Reunion


Saturday, December 15

Tyneside Cinema

Newcastle upon Tyne

Festive Afternoon Tea and Film

 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)


Get in Touch

Use the above link to contact NCA committee members.