Chaconne for Jonathan Harvey (2013) won the liturgical category of the British Contemporary Awards 2014, held at the Goldsmiths Hall in the City of London on 2 December 2014. Hosted by BBC Radio 3, PRS with keynote from Dame Evelyn Glennie. The jury commented 'the judges felt strongly drawn to pick a winner from outside the usual canon of liturgical work but was clearly liturgical in practice and remarked on its extraordinary range of colour and texture'.
Very pleased to be working on a new setting of Shakespeare sonnets for Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), commissioned by the Lake District Summer Music Festival for its 40th anniversary season. First performance scheduled 5 August 2014.
Divine Art’s CD / DVD recording of Ed Hughes’s opera ‘When the Flame Dies’ continues to attract excellent reviews including International Record Review: ‘one of the more arresting and distinctive chamber operas to have emerged in the UK over recent years’ (Richard Whitehouse). Pierre Rigaudiere in L’avant-scene Opera writes ‘The device with video and light projections is the best possible approach to this beautiful piece. Brilliant, energetic music, whose most immediately noticeable quality is its clarity… the language is open and attractive, very harmonically inventive… a production of high standing’. ‘exciting orchestral treatment… shimmering timbres’ (Laurent Bury, Forum Opera).
My opera When the Flame Dies was performed at the Canterbury Festival on Wednesday 17 October 2012, preceded by a talk at 7pm with Ed Hughes, Roger Morris and Prof Michal Grover-Friedlander, and chaired by Evelyn Ficarra.
Further information here.
BFI have released my new soundtrack to Ozu's mesmerising and powerful silent film 'Woman of Tokyo' (1933). Specially recorded by Michael Atkinson (cello) and Adam Bushell (percussion). The music accompanies the film's structure which ranges from happiness to contempt and despair. The final scenes include extraordinary tensions; here I used cello chords, slow gong beats, and the sounds of clocks to emulate Ozu's depiction of a moment of abandonment. I wrote a short commentary for the accompanying booklet, which also includes essays by Tony Rayns, Anthony Nield, Nick Wrigley and others.
A Buried Flame has been selected for performance by the international jury at the International Society for Contemporary Music's World Music Days in 2012.
A Buried Flame is a choral setting of poems from the volume 'Poems from Guantanamo' ed Marc Falkoff (Indiana University Press, 2007). Further information, including a sample and a preview article by David Wordsworth, here.
The Israel Contemporary Players, conducted by Ilan Volkov, are to perform Ed's 'Strike' score in concert in Tel Aviv on Saturday 17 December 2011. Hateiva Concert Hall, Tel Aviv.
Ed's original music to Eisenstein's 'Battleship Potemkin' (1925) was featured in sequences from the famous 'Odessa Steps' scenes on the More 4 documentary 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey', broadcast 2100 on Saturday 17 September 2011. See the extract here. Written and directed by Mark Cousins. Hopscotch Films. The complete score by Ed Hughes is still available in DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 on the Eisenstein Silents' Box Set Vol 1 (Tartan Video, 2007) - second hand copies available via Amazon, or contact Ed directly via the Contact page.
Photoworks have announced the launch of the book documenting the Glyndebourne and Photoworks joint project 'Auditorium' (Sophy Rickett - film; Ed Hughes - music). The book contains colour plates, interviews with the artists and essays by David Chandler and Nicholas Till. It is available here.
This music theatre work is now included in the portfolio of the University of Sussex's Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, here.
Photoworks are running a feature on AUDITORIUM here.
Private View for Sophy Rickett's new solo exhibition which features AUDITORIUM in its first London installation. It's on at Brancolini-Grimaldi, 43-44 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JJ from 7 July to 27 August 2011.