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My top picks for the Brighton Festival: Ed Hughes

The University of Sussex is a major sponsor of the 2018 Brighton Festival, which is coming up from 5-27 May.

Ed Hughes, Professor of Composition in Music and Head of Music at Sussex, is the composer for Cuckmere: A Portrait & Environmentalism 2.0, which takes place in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts on the University’s Falmer campus on 5 May.

Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and The Orchestra of Sound and Light, the project explores wildlife through evocative landscapes and aural moods. Tracing the Cuckmere river from its source in the High Weald to the sea at Cuckmere Haven, the environment is made a focal point through music and film.

Ahead of the festival, Professor Hughes gives us his top picks for experiencing this year’s city-wide event.

“There are some wonderful musical highlights including Britten’s War Requiem on 12 May at 7.30pm. The soloists are really special: Ian Bostridge - tenor, Gerald Finley - baritone, and Claire Booth - soprano. The piece is a strange but brilliant conception and on the centenary of the end of WW1 is ‘an eloquent tribute to the fallen of the Great War’ and a very moving experience.

“The chamber music lunchtime concerts are frequently wonderful gems - this year including Van Kuijk Quartet, Magnard Ensemble, Les Kapsbergirls, Alexander Panfilov, Jerwood Young Artists, Lucy Humphris and Harry Rylance, Alexander Ullman, Chineke! Junior Quartet and Argenta Trio.

“May in Brighton is a chance to try new art forms, mixed media, live and experimental theatre - definitely worth exploring things you wouldn’t normally get to. There are participatory events led by guest director David Shrigley, a trance-noise odyssey of Attractor, the Dutch immersive happening Blaas and hundreds of other extraordinary events.

“The annual children’s parade opens the Festival on 5 May and is always spectacular - this year the theme is ‘Paintings’, inspired of course by David Shrigley.”


Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 27 April 2018

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