Magdalene May Ball


I am pleased to announce the 2019 Magdalene May Ball, which will be held on the night of Wednesday 19th June 2019.

I hope you join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night.

Max Nussbaumer
May Ball President 2019

Ticketing Information

Tickets to the Ball are sold in pairs, with each pair of tickets costing £380. In contrast to previous years, the Ball will not commence with a sit-down dinner, so there are no separate dining tickets available.

The full amount does not have to be paid at once — you may do so if you wish, but the standard payment schedule is as follows:

  • Deposit of £50 (per ticket pair) to secure your ticket pair(s) if you are successful in the ballot. To be paid by Saturday 5th January 2019.
  • First installment of £165 by the extended deadline of Friday 1st February.
  • Final installment of the remaining balance by the end of Week 2 of Easter Term 2019 (which is Wednesday 8th May). For regular ticket pairs, this means a second installment of £165.

Ballot and Waiting List

Tickets were initially offered to applicants following a ballot process.

The ballot is now closed. If you would like to join the waiting list, please contact the Ticketing Officer, Edwin Balani, at

Terms and Conditions

The Ticketing Terms and Conditions, copies of which are sent to each successful ticket applicant, are also available by clicking here.

The Terms and Conditions were last updated on Friday 5th April.

Dress Code

We request that guests attend the Ball dressed in one of the following:

White tie

Black tail coat, white Marcella (piqué) stiff-fronted shirt with (a preferably detachable) wing collar, and a white Marcella bow tie and waistcoat. The black dress trousers traditionally have two rows of black braid down the outside leg. Gold, pearl, or mother-of-pearl studs and matching cufflinks are worn and, strictly speaking, shoes should be patent leather court pumps but patent leather oxfords are also worn nowadays.

Overall, a single-breasted Chesterfield-style coat is appropriate, or a black evening cloak. A black silk top hat, white gloves, and a black ebony cane with silver or gold knob are elegant extras.

Ball gown

Full-length, formal evening dresses. Evening bags, if brought, should be small and elegant. Sleeveless gowns are traditionally paired with a shawl. Covered shoulders are not necessary.

Gloves are traditionally worn, but are not compulsory. They are either very long or very short gloves when worn with short-sleeved or sleeveless dresses; with three-quarter length sleeves, gloves should reach the sleeve which, in turn, should overlap them slightly. If worn, gloves are worn en route to the Ball, in a receiving line, when shaking hands, and while dancing. They are removed when eating.

Highland dress

Black coatee (Prince Charlie, Montrose and Sheriffmuir jackets are suitable), accompanied by a black or white waistcoat, kilt, white pique shirt and vest with white studs and matching cufflinks. Black or white bow tie or a white lace jabot are the appropriate choices of neckwear. Black Ghillie brogues are worn with a tartan, or red and white, red and black, or blue and white diced kilt hose. Flashes are worn with the kilt. Traditionally, sporrans are also worn, formal ornamentations of the pouch consist of a metal-mounted cantle top and fur pouch or a full fur and animal.

Military mess dress

Refer to your service branch’s uniform regulations.

Equivalent national dress

National dress from your home country, of a similar level of dress to those described above.

Charity support

Magdalene May Ball is pleased to announce that we are supporting the Cambridge Churches Homeless Project, who provide a meal and a place to sleep for rough sleepers in Cambridge throughout the winter months.

Working at Magdalene May Ball

Worker applications have now closed.

For all queries relating to working at the Ball, please contact Matthew Alderton, Staffing & Security Officer.


Max NussbaumerPresident
Fergus RicheVice-President
Alec JosaitisTreasurer
Henry Aldridge2D Design
Ran Xiao3D Design
Laura Haden-SmithDrinks Officer
Susannah CassFood Officer
Sally ButlerGuest Experience & Sustainability
Bella PetersMusic
Katerina BielenaNon-Musical Entertainment
Clare ZhouOperations
Matthew AldertonStaff & Security
Edwin BalaniTicketing & Technical
Steven MorrisSenior Treasurer
[no email; contact through the President]