Centre for Photography and Visual Culture

Ed Hughes - Night Music


Ed Hughes – Night Music

Thursday 12 February 2015, 19.30

All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove

University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ed Hughes and Stephen Montague

Night Music is the second installment in a cycle of works responding to images drawn from collections in the Imperial War Museum, with a particular focus on the effects of the aerial campaign in World War II as recorded by RAF cameras. The cycle began with Dark Formations (2010), a composition for chamber ensemble and still images in collaboration with Professor David Chandler, meditating on the effects of the allied aerial campaign in World War II as recorded by RAF cameras. This second work will explore moving images, again drawn from the Imperial War Museum archives. The historical context provided by the still imagery of the first piece now leads to a study involving archive film footage. The introduction of selected moving images will be matched by an expansion of musical means in a composition for solo piano, strings and live electronics. Stephen Montague's Dark Sun is an orchestral threnody for the victims of Hiroshima in 1945. Beethoven's Symphony number 7 was completed in 1812 and first performed in Vienna on 8 December 1813, at a charity concert for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Hanau.

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