Ed Hughes studied at Cambridge with Robin Holloway and Alexander Goehr, and at Southampton with Michael Finnissy. Commissions include City of London Festival (an opera to a libretto by Glyn Maxwell, The Birds, for The Opera Group and I Fagiolini), Brighton Festival, Bath Camerata, Glyndebourne/Photoworks, Tacet Ensemble and London Sinfonietta. Performances include City of London Festival, Buxton Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Linbury Studio Theatre, Jerusalem Music Centre, Salamanca Festival, Sydney Festival and a number of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts.
Auditorium (2007) for Glyndebourne and Photoworks, an orchestral and electronics score arising from a collaboration with the visual artist Sophy Rickett, was performed live at Glyndebourne in November 2007, and has toured internationally as an audiovisual installation. He has written several ensemble scores for iconic silent films of the early twentieth century including Ivens’s Regen, Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Strike (Tartan Video 2007) and a series of scores for the BFI’s Ozu Collection. His choral work, A Buried Flame (2010) was commissioned by the PRS Foundation and subsequently selected by the ISCM for the World Music Days-Flanders 2013. Current work includes When The Flame Dies, a chamber opera, in collaboration with the writer Roger Morris.