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Bernard Hughes

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Bernard Hughes is a composer and writer, based in London.

Articles By Bernard Hughes

Kopatchinskaja, Namoradze, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH review – a Stravinsky feast

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Path of Miracles, Elysian Singers, St Pancras Church review – an ambitious musical pilgrimage

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Voces8 Live from London Christmas online review – seasonal favourites and new discoveries

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Solomon's Knot, Wigmore Hall review - festive music for uncertain times

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The Sixteen, Christophers, Cadogan Hall review - polished and impeccable but slightly sedate

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Colin Currie Group, RFH review - Reich premiere explores fresh territory

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Clements Prize, Conway Hall review - newly-written string trios in competition

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Two-Piano Gala, Kings Place review - five pianists, two pianos, too many pieces

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Black British Musical Theatre 1900-1950, Wigmore Hall review – a disappointing missed opportunity

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First Person: theartsdesk writer Bernard Hughes on composing for the BBC Proms

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Esfahani, Gibson, Manchester Collective, BBC Proms review – variety, but not always in proportion

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Voces8 Live from London Summer online review - choral excellence and more besides

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BBCNOW, Bancroft, BBC Proms review – American music from across the spectrum

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Never to Forget, Spitalfields Festival review – moving musical tributes to lost care and health workers

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Royal Northern Sinfonia, Sage Gateshead online review – a grab bag of players’ favourites

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Coote, Philharmonia, Gardiner, Southbank Centre online review - English masterworks

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A Child of Our Time, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - the spirit s...

Half a century ago, Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time felt inescapable. For a youth-choir singer in the London of that period, his...

Baghdaddy, Royal Court review – Middle-Eastern magic realism

What is the best way of talking about the Middle East? Should plays take a documentary or verbatim approach, all the better to educate and inform...

Album: Stormzy - This Is What I Mean

“All of this music, it’s nothing to do with the listener,” Stormzy announced to Louis Theroux in a recent TV interview. “All I can do is feel what...

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery review – grand, class-cons...

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out sequel is an even more brightly entertaining puzzle picture, revelling in the old-fashioned glamour of enviably...

Matilda the Musical review - a dizzying, smartly subversive...

I bow to no one in my affection for Matilda the Musical onstage, which I've loved across multiple iterations, from Stratford-upon-Avon to...

Mary Gauthier, Union Chapel review - a living room concert i...

Mary Gauthier’s first tour in more than three years landed at London’s Union Chapel on Saturday, concluding with another sold-out gig. The venue...

Music Reissues Weekly: Love - Expressions Tell Everything

Any reminder of the greatness of Love is welcome, and Expressions Tell Everything does this in fine style. A box set, it...

It’s a Wonderful Life, English National Opera review - Capra...

Looking for a sparkly operatic musical, well sung and played, slick and saturated in a range of mainstream styles that stop short in the year the...

Bones and All review - eat, don't heat

You expect gross-out movies to send your hands flying in front of your eyes. But Luca Guadagnino's ludicrous Bones and All is...

Basel Saleh, Sansara, United Strings of Europe, St Martin-in...

This collaboration between two young and exciting ensembles, the...