Education Team Biographies
Ed Hughes's compositions have been commissioned and performed by The Opera Group, London Sinfonietta, I Fagiolini, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many ensembles and soloists, including the New Music Players which he directs. His work ranges from solo works to large-scale compositions including works for orchestra, opera and film. His scores to the classic silent films by Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin (1925) and Strike (1924), were released on DVD in 2007. Ed was commissioned by the Brighton Festival to write major works with silent film in 2016 and 2018 for the Orchestra of Sound and Light, which he founded in 2015.
‘Cuckmere: A Portrait’ with a film by Cesca Eaton was premiered at the Brighton Festival in May 2018; the Cuckmere Soundwalk was nominated for an Ivor Novello Composer Award.
Ed Hughes lives in Lewes and is Professor of Composition at the University of Sussex. His personal website is www.edhughes.org.uk.
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Duncan was Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Sussex where he led the PGCE Secondary Music Course until 2020. Prior to this was a secondary classroom music teacher in West Sussex. He has served as a member of the Department for Education National Curriculum Expert Subject Advisory Group for Music.
He was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship and from 2012-2016 was Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Education and Social Work.
In 2016 and again in 2018 he undertook research with Dr. Ally Daubney into changes in Secondary Music curriculum provision in schools in England which has been widely cited.
Having taken early retirement he is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Education and is Chair of West Sussex Music Education Hub and the Jazz in Education (UK) Curriculum Working Group.
Digital Resources Development Manager
Peter Michael Davison
Peter Michael Davison is a versatile and multitalented composer, orchestrator and conductor with a diverse portfolio of award-winning international projects. Currently orchestrating Danny Elfman’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, Peter’s ear for instrumentation makes him a formidable musician and composer.
Peter orchestrated and conducted the acclaimed PS4 epic, Horizon Zero Dawn (2017); the music received an Ivor Novello Award and BAFTA nomination. Peter returned as conductor and orchestrator for the sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, building strong working relationships with Sony and Guerrilla Games.
Peter had a busy and successful 2021, composing a Jazz/ Big Band score on How to Succeed in Biscuits (Without Really Trying) directed by Tania Emery (The Bill) and the prison drama Turn of the Screw directed by Chris Fretwell (Creative Earth Films). Upcoming projects set for release in 2022 include an exciting new animated game for mobile release, in collaboration with the games company Rev Rooms/ Electric Square and Audio Lead, (ex-Pinewood) Gavin Shepherd.