Bernard Hughes’s music has been performed at major venues in Britain and abroad and received a number of broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. He was runner-up at the 2009 British Composer Awards for the choral work The Death of Balder, commissioned and performed by the BBC Singers.
Bernard Hughes has been commissioned by the BBC Singers, the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the pianist Jakob Fichert receiving performances at the Huddersfield, Spitalfields and Bangor New Music Festivals, and at venues including Coventry Cathedral and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Major projects include The Death of Balder, a major choral work for the BBC Singers on a Norse myth re-told by the distinguished novelist and scholar Kevin Crossley-Holland; Bernard & Isabel, for narrator and orchestra, premiered at Symphony Hall in Birmingham in December 2010; the children’s opera Chincha-Chancha Cooroo, commissioned and premiered by W11 Opera in London and the chamber opera Dumbfounded!, based on a short-story by the Edwardian writer Saki, premiered at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London in August 2008.
Recent commissions include a new work for the Seattle Pro Music choir and All Across this Jumbl’d Earth for the Three Choirs Festival, both in 2012. 2014 has seen a new piece for the experimental vocal trio Juice, premiered at the National Portrait Gallery, and Salve Regina, for the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
Bernard Hughes studied Music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating with a first-class degree. He subsequently studied composition at Goldsmiths College, London under Peter Dickinson, and privately with Param Vir. Bernard Hughes was awarded a PhD in Composition from Royal Holloway College, London, studying with Philip Cashian. Bernard Hughes is Composer-in-Residence at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London.