Musical Beginnings: A Free Workshop with British Composer Bernard Hughes
April 1, 2009
BERNARD HUGHES (b.1974) studied Music and Composition at Oxford University, Goldsmiths College,London, and is currently preparing a PhD in Composition at Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently the "Composer-in-Residence" at the Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton, London. His work has been performed by the BBC Singers, the New London Children's Choir, and the Cavendish Singers at venues including St John's, Smith Square, Westminster Cathedral, and the Spitalfields Festival. Bernard has written a lot of music for young people including pieces for choir and incidental music for theatre productions, performed both at the school where he teaches and by groups including the New London Children's Choir, the Cantate Youth Choir. In his works for adults, Bernard has written two pieces for Britain's leading choir, the BBC Singers, One-and-Half Truths, broadcast on Radio 3 in 2003; and The Death of Balder, which is receiving its first performance at the Spitalfields Festival in June 2006. Apart from music, Bernard has worked as a comedian, including winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe in 1999 as part of the show Ben Arn's Big Top. This included an appearance on Channel 4 and live at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.