photo: Sarah-Jane Field
Bernard Hughes’s music has been performed by various ensembles, including the BBC Singers and the London Mozart Players at major British venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral. His music has won a number of awards both in the UK and internationally, and is regularly broadcast on the UK’s BBC Radio 3. Bernard Hughes’s BBC commission Birdchant was premiered at the Proms festival in August 2021. After studying music at Oxford University, and composition privately with Param Vir, Bernard was awarded a Ph.D. in composition by London University in 2009. An album of Bernard Hughes’s choral music, I Am the Song, performed by the BBC Singers, was released on Signum Classics in 2016. Bernard’s long relationship with the BBC Singers includes a major portrait concert in January 2020, which resulted in I Sing of Love being nominated for an Ivor Novello Composer Award. His orchestral works for family concerts, Bernard & Isabel and The Knight Who Took All Day are frequently performed around Britain and were recorded by the Orchestra of the Swan on a release from February 2020. A new album of choral music, Precious Things, sung by the Epiphoni Consort, was released in May 2022. Bernard Hughes lives in London where he is Composer-in-Residence at the St Paul’s Girls’ School, following in the footsteps of Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells.