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CUCKMERE 2018-21

7 March 2020

'Time, Space and Change' CD Launch

CD release on Divine/Metier featuring OSL recorded live at the Brighton Festival 2018 performing Ed Hughes's 'Cuckmere: A Portrait'. CD featured on Sunday Times 'Top 100 CDs' list in December 2020 and 'Top 10%' in the American Record Guide January 2021. Recording featured in Echoes Interactive Walks App and on BBC South East Today 9 Sept 2020. Cuckmere Soundwalk nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the Sound Art category 10 Nov 2021. 


06 May 2018

Cuckmere: A Portrait: Schools Performance


World premiere performance as part of the Brighton Festival 2018 at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA), University of Sussex. 32 new scores by GCSE and A level music students at Hastings Academy, St Richards College, Bexhill, BHASVIC, Brighton and ESAM, Lewes to Cesca Eaton's film. Written and performed by the students with the five core OSL players conducted by Ed Hughes. Plus Ed Hughes's 'Cuckmere: A Portrait' performed by the OSL Quintet. Please go to VIDEO for complete performance.

05 May 2018

Cuckmere: A Portrait: world premiere at

Brighton Festival

OSL performed the world premiere of 'Cuckmere: A Portrait', a new score for 18 musicians by Ed Hughes to a new 30' film by Cesca Eaton. Performance at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex as part of Brighton Festival 2018.

27 March 2018

Cuckmere 2018: March and April workshops

OSL presented workshops at Hastings Academy and St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill to develop new scores to Cesca Eaton's film. GCSE students worked in groups of 4-6 students with OSL musicians to devise, develop and perform their own scores to 3' extracts from Cesca's film.

20 February 2018

Cuckmere 2018: Tue 20 February


OSL core players Helen Whitaker (flute), Christina Woods (violin), Joe Giddey (cello), Rachel Fryer (piano) directed by composer Ed Hughes performed and recorded first draft 90" new works by A1 students at ESAM (East Sussex Academy of Music) and BHASVIC

20 February 2018

DVD / CD Release 16 Feb 2018

OSL's recording of Ed Hughes's score to Lizzie Thynne's film 'Brighton: Symphony of a City' at St Michael's Church, Highgate on Thursday 12 May 2015 now on sale on CD / DVD on Metier / Divine

9 January 2018

Cuckmere 2018: Tue 9 January


Composer Ed Hughes and filmmaker Cesca Eaton introduced the Cuckmere project to A1 music students at BHASVIC, Brighton and the East Sussex Academy of Music in Lewes

Joe Giddey, cello, leads a composition workshop for GCSE music students at St Richard's, Bexhill
CD cover for Ed Hughes's 'Time, Space and Change'. Aerial photograph of Cuckmere river meanders and Cuckmere Haven.
Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year 2020 - article features Ed Hughes's 'Time, Space and Change' CD
Aerial view of a meander of the Cuckmere River. Photo by Fergus Kennedy.
Joe Giddey, cello, and Rachel Fryer, keyboard, during an A level composition workshop at BHASVIC, Brighton
Ed Hughes conducts the Orchestra of Sound and Light while A level music students listen. BHASVIC, Brighton
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