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.
Bernard’s The Shepherds’ Carol is being sung by the Lloyd’s Choir as part of their annual carol service on Thursday 13 December 2018. The concert, conducted by musical director Jacques Cohen will be at 6.45 at St Katharine Cree church EC3A 3DH. The Lloyd’s Choir is a 75-strong choir taking its singers from the financial community of the City of London, and the concert is open to the public (tickets £15).
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.
Bernard Hughes's choral setting of Siegfried Sassoon Everyone Sang is being performed at the 2018 Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy. The performance, conducted by Paul Brough, will be part of a Sequence of Music and Readings at 8pm on Thursday 23 August at Edington Priory Church in Wiltshire. Everyone Sang appears on Bernard's choral album I am the Song, also conducted by Paul Brough.
Bernard Hughes's large-scale choral piece A Medieval Bestiary, setting a cornucopia of animal poetry from the middle ages, is being performed on 5 October 2018 by Londinium Choir, conducted by Andrew Griffiths. Tickets are now available for the concert at St John's, Waterloo in London. A Medieval Bestiary features on I am the Song, performed by the BBC Singers, who commissioned it in 2011.
Bernard Hughes's music features on the upcoming release by pianist William Howard, Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs. The recording features pieces by composers including Judith Weir, Howard Skempton and Nico Muhly, and includes Bernard Hughes's O du Liebe meiner Liebe, premiered by William Howard in 2017. The CD, on Orchid Classics, is now available for pre-order through Amazon.
The King, an award-winning short film by director Frederic Casella, with music by Bernard Hughes, is now available to watch on Vimeo. Co-written by, and starring, storyteller Giles Abbott. The King is a modern-day fable combining an east London drug deal and a fantastical animated world of kings and spirits.
The BBC Symphony Chorus will perform Bernard Hughes's carol 'Christmas Bells' on Sunday 17 December at BBC Maida Vale Studios, for later broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The carol is a setting of a Longfellow poem for mixed choir and organ and will be conducted by Neil Ferris as part of a programme of modern and traditional carols. 'Christmas Bells' is available in the anthology En Bethlehem, published by Cadenza Music.