Latest Knight Who Took All Day performance

Bernard Hughes’s setting of James Mayhew’s The Knight Who Took All Day is getting its latest performance by the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 6 October. The family concert will feature James Mayhew and Antonio Reche narrating and illustrating the story, with the SWSO conducted by Richard Hull. The piece will also feature on a new album being released in February 2020 on Orchid Classics - more news to follow…

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Cambridge college choral premiere

Bernard Hughes’s setting of the Benedicite will receive its world premiere at Jesus College, Cambridge in May 2019. The anthem, setting a text from the Book of Common Prayer, will be performed as part of Choral Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 26 May, sung by the college choir and conducted by the college’s Director of Music, Richard Pinel. The service is open to the public.

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Bernard & Isabel and Camden SO

Bernard’s pair of pieces for narrator and symphony orchestra Bernard & Isabel is receiving its latest performance by the Camden Symphony Orchestra on Saturday 23 March, as part of the orchestra’s family concert. Based on two classic stories by the author and illustrator David McKee, Bernard Hughes’s settings have been widely performed since their premiere in 2009. The Camden SO performance will be conducted by Lev Parikian at St John’s Waterloo at 3pm on 23 March - tickets are available now.

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The Knight Who Took All Day in Southampton

Bernard’s piece for narrator and orchestra The Knight Who Took All Day is getting its latest performance by the City of Southampton Orchestra on Saturday 19 January 2018. The story is about a knight who is keen to take on the fiery dragon but is just too busy getting ready. The Knight is a musical setting of the book by James Mayhew, who will be live illustrating the performance in his inimitable style, with narration by Phil Cheesman and John Traill conducting. The concerts are at 11am and 2pm on 19 January at Central Hall, Southampton and tickets are available now.

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Juice Vocal Ensemble Snow Queens

Bernard Hughes’s The Winter it is Past, in a new arrangement, features in Snow Queens, the forthcoming release by Juice Vocal Ensemble on Resonus Classics. A setting of a beautiful, bleak poem by Robert Burns, the original version, for SATB choir, was included on Bernard’s album I am the Song. This new arrangement was made specially for the Snow Queens project.

The album will shortly be available for pre-order and tickets are now available for the album launch at Kings Place in London on Sunday 9 December 2018.

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