Whilst at Manchester, University Hugh was one of the Music Society’s Student Conductors, studying with Mark Heron (RNCM) and Robert Guy (UoM). He was Musical Director of two University opera productions (Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges in 2019 and A Fight at the Opera in 2018), and frequently worked with the Symphony, Wind and String Orchestras. As Musical Director of the University Brass Band, Hugh programmed works by Thea Musgrave, Judith Bingham, Edward Gregson and Simon Dobson, winning the ‘Best Student Conductor’ prize at UniBrass 2019, and reaching the final of the NABBC Conducting Competition in 2018.
A keen wind and brass conductor, Hugh has participated in masterclasses at RNCM, Sherborne School of Music and Black Dyke Festival of Brass with Clark Rundell, Alberto Roque, Bjorn Sagstad and Nicholas Childs. He was an Assistant Conductor to Opera North Youth Orchestra and Manchester Contemporary Youth Opera, and has covered rehearsals for the choir of The Oratory Church of St Chad’s, Manchester, Manchester Philharmonic Choir, Hallam Choral Society and Oldham Symphony Orchestra.
A keen choral singer, Hugh is a member of Kantos Chamber Choir, with whom he has recorded with BBC Philharmonic and for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. A former member of BBC Proms Youth Choir and Quay Voices (Sage Gateshead), in 2019, Hugh was a William Wingate Scholar with the Cathedral Chamber Choir at Truro Cathedral and became a Choral Scholar with the Halle Choir. He regularly deputises in services at Manchester and Bradford Cathedrals, and at the Oratory Church of St Chad, Manchester. As a soloist, he was a runner-up in the Harry Mortimer Soloist Competition in 2016 for his performance of Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel.
Hugh studied as a trombonist with Peter Wilkie (D’Oyly Carte) and Simon Powell (RLPO), gaining his DipABRSM in 2016, and has since guested with Piccadilly, Guernsey and Stockport Symphony Orchestras, Guernsey Chamber Orchestra, at MANTIS Festival and New Music North West, and with Orchestra de Jean-Michel Denis (France), as well as maintaining a schedule of private teaching. Hugh held the Principal Trombone seat of Fishburn Band for 2 years, and is a former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, where he played under the baton of Bramwell Tovey, Jamie Phillips, Elgar Howarth and Phillip Smith. He is currently a member of MSC Big Band, and spent three years with the University Big Band.