Hugill's first composition was written aged 11. His career has encompassed both instrumental and digital composition, and he has received commissions from many performers and organisations, including Arts Council England, the BBC, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, and the Elysian Singers. In the early 1980s he founded the legendary performing ensemble 'George W. Welch'. Much of his work explores the encounter between 'music' and 'sound' and delights in surprsing and unexpected combinations of both. Since Ménière's Disease destroyed much of his hearing in 2009, his compositional career has taken a different turn and he now actively explores aural diversity and the musical consequences of hearing loss.
Works in progress
A collection of pieces epxloring hearing loss, including some studies for diplacusis piano.
Commissioned by Kelston Records. An electroacoustic piece with live instruments inspired by and designed to be perfored on Kelston Roundhill near Bath.
A longstanding and ongoing project to create a digital opera based on Alfred Jarry's novel "Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, pataphysician". Pataphysical composers who are interested in becoming involved in this composition should contact Hugill directly.
Mini online opera, libretto and movies by Martin Rieser. Commissioned by CROMT, University of Sussex. Premiered at Glyndebourne.
An opera-ballet installation for multiple iPads. Words and images by Martin Rieser. Programming by Lee Scott. Exhibited as part of the 'Post-humanist Desire' show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2013/14 (36,509 visitors).
Online operatic aria. Animations: Jo Lawrence. Sound recording/programming: Lee Scott. Commissioned by The Opera Group (scored for soprano (Elizabeth Cragg), flute, celesta, glockenspiel, cymbals, tam tam, harpsichord, harmonium, harp, organ and piano).
Installation piece in three sections to accompany the Animal Stories exhibition at Leicester New Walk Museum.
The Lion and the Eagle
Ded. Simon Emmerson. Premiere: The Dirty Electronics Ensemble (dir. John Richards), Leicester. Download score
City Soundings was a collaborative composition project made for the Radiophonic Creation Day organized by Wiska Radkiewicz and Andrea Cohen. Several composers/artists took field recordings of their home cities, passing back and forth a pool of sound. Contributers: Steven Brown (UK), Marek Choloniewski (Poland), Andrea Cohen (France), Victoria Estok (USA), Brad Garton (USA), Janete El Haouli (Brazil), Andrew Hugill (UK), Malle Maltis (Estonia), Wiska Radkiewicz (USA), Hernan Risso Patron (Argentina), Franziska Schroeder (UK),Andrei Smirnov (Russia), Marie Wennersten (Sweden), Lidia Zielinska (Poland). Andrea Cohen presented City Soundings during a radio programme on France Culture, the public cultural French radio. Project website.
Interlude I: 7' 13" fl, cl, a.sax, t. sax, tpt, kbd, pno, strings.
Interlude II: 7' 16" xyl, mar, drum, el. gtr.
Interlude III: 7' 14" pno duet, bells, vib, drum.
Interlude IV: 7' 49" fl, cl, a.sax, t. sax, tpt, kbd, pno, strings.
2', piano (or flute and piano).
Another Slight List.
18', Commissioned by Ensemble Decadanse. Flute, double bass, piano, organ, percussion. Premiere: 'Ensemble Decadanse', Lunel, France, 2004
12'. Piano and grinding rocks sounds. World premiere by GeNIA. Other notable performances by Barry Truax (Vancouver, 2004), Richard Whalley (Manchester, 2005), Karis Stretton (Leicester, 2012). Download score (pdf). Hear interview with GeNIA. Available on CD "Pataphysical Piano".
5'. In memoriam Nicholas Zurbrugg. Electroacoustic. World premiere 'Soundcircus', Sonic Arts Network Festival, 2004. In Hugill, A. (2006) Available on CD "Pataphysics".
One Hundred Thousand Billion Songs
25'. Ded. Stanley Chapman. Mezzo-soprano, piano. Premiere: Katina Kangaris (voice), Christopher Hobbs (piano), Institut Francais, London. Note: This setting of Stanley Chapman's translation of Raymond Queneau's Cent Mille Milliards de Poemes presents the ten 'original' sonnets treated in the manner of the Exercices de Style. It was originally composed in 1989, but lay unperformed until its premiere as part of the Queneau centenary celebrations at the French Institute, London, in 2003.
8'. Commissioned by Leicester Space Centre and De Montfort Hall, Leicester. Picc, 2 Fls, 2 Obs, 2 Cls, B. Cl, Cb. Cl, 2 Bsns, CBsn, 4 Hns, 2 Tpts, 2 T. Tbns, 2 B. Tbns, Tba, Timps, Perc (4 players: snare, tambourine, tam-tam, cymbals, bass drums, field drums, vibraslap, ratchet, chains, tubells, xylophone, gong, flexatone, chains, glock), Strings + digital sounds. Premiere: Philharmonia Orchestra/Constantine, De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 3.8.01 (outdoors, with light show).
5', piano. Premiere: Kayako Matsunaga (piano), Casals Hall, Tokyo, 2000. Published by Zen-On Music, Tokyo. Download score. In Hugill, A. et al. (2000) Piano2000. Tokyo: Zen-On Music. Available on CD "Pataphysical Piano".
3', piano. Ded. Christopher Hobbs. Available on CD "Pataphysical Piano".
Symphony for Cornwall
35' (in 3 movements). Ded. John Southern, Joyce Southern and Peter Warden. Commissioned by Arts Council England. Fl (d. Picc, Alto, Bass), 2 Obs, Cl (d. Bass Cl), 2 Bsns (one d. Contra), 2 Fr. Hns., Perc (d. MIDI marimba) Tape, 220.127.116.11.1 Strings (D.Bass amplified) + digital sounds. Premiere: Bournemouth Sinfonietta (cond. Richard Studt), Hall for Cornwall, Truro, May 27th 1999.
70' (in 4 movements). Ded. Babs
and Evelyn Atkins. Commissioned by South West Arts and Cornwall County Council.
Picc, 2 Fls (1 d. Alto), 2 Obs, C.A., 3 Cls, B.Cl., 2 Bsns, C-Bsn, 4 Horns, 1 Flgl., 3 Tpts (1 d. D trumpet), 2 Ten. Tbns., 1 B.Tbn (d. digeridoo), 1 Tba, SATB Sax, Perc. (4 players), Timps., Keyboards (piano/synth/sequencer), Harp, Strings. Premiere: Philharmonia at UH (cond. Howard Burrell), Hatfield, February 2nd 1999.
World premiere: The Guildhall, Looe, Cornwall, September 23rd, 1995. Broadcast premiere: BBC Radio 3, May 3rd, 1996.
Here is the story of the Symphony.
Here is the online tour of Looe Island, which also includes excerpts from the Symphony.
Single-composer CD no longer available. Movement 3 alone on Bouquet of Sounds.
St. George's Island Chorale
4'. Ded. Howard Burrell. Exists in versions for orchestra, chamber orchestra and brass band. CD Recording: Hugill, A. et al. (2009) Fanfares, Fancies and Fugues. UHR 020011017.
40', Ded. Matthew Greenall. Commisioned by the Elysian Singers of London with funds made available by the Holst Foundation. SATB (36 Voices). In 9 movements, of which 'Les Ancetres', 'La Nourriture', 'Le Grande Loi', L'Apparition du Sexe', Le Calembour' and 'Revelations et Diversites' have been or may be performed as individual concert works. Premiere: The Elysian Singers (cond. Matthew Greenall), at St Johns, Smith Square, London, February 24th, 1996. Here are the texts by Jean-Pierre Brisset.
23', Commissioned by BBC Radio 3. Ded. Philip Grange. 2 pianos and percussion (tuned tam-tams, vibraphone, talking drum, pedal timpani, mbira, balafon, dobachi, hand bells, Burmese gong) Premiere: Simon Allen (perc), Andrew Ball & Suzanne Cheetham (pianos), BBC Radio 3, 'Hear and Now', April 18th, 1997
Site-specific installation piece for multiple instrumentalists and digital sound diffusion. Premiere: Queens Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, June 6th, 1994.
10'. Electronic. Premiere: De Montfort University, Leicester, June 6th, 1994. Broadcast premiere: ResonanceFM, 2002. In Hugill, A. et al. (2006) Sonic Voyages. UHR 02001 1006.
11'. Electroacoustic (glass sounds). Premiere: Phoenix Arts, Leicester, May 1993.
O Pax Aetherna
30'. In memoriam Opach. multiple pianos. Premiere: Philippe Cathe and the Ensemble des Cliques et des Claques, Paris, France, 8th September, 1995. Available on CD "Pataphysical Piano".
Arrangement of Erik Satie's 'ballet chretien'. 35'. harmonium, piano, clarinet, tuba, string quartet and percussion. Premiere: 'George W. Welch', Blackheath Concert Halls. Broadcast premiere: BBC2 TV, 'Erik Satie - Things Seen to the Right and the Left' (with interview).
40' (in 5 movements), percussion solo. Commissioned by East Midlands Arts. Ded. Matthew Griffiths. Percussion (single player), comprising: 5 low metal instruments, 5 mid-range metal, 5 skin, 5 wood, 5 glass, 3 drums, 9 sawn-off gas cylinders, metal sphere, timpani. Optional theatrical elements include: digital sound, water, twine, scissors, rowing-machine, bottle of Benedictine (empty), slide show. Additional: The following three movements from Bachelor Machine may be performed separately as concert works: The Bride (5 low metal instruments, 5 mid-range metal, 5 skin, 5 wood, 5 glass; 10') The Bachelor (3 drums, bottle, and recitation by performer of text by Jarry - rowing machine preferred but not compulsory! 12'); One-(wo)man-gamelan (9 metal objects; 9'). Premiere: Matthew Griffiths, Phoenix Arts, Leicester, May, 1992. Here are some further notes about this piece
25'. Ded. Sara Stowe and Matthew Spring. Solo soprano, early instruments (hurdy-gurdy, oud, lute, renaissance guitar, bells, drums) and tape of frog calls. Premiere: Stowe and Spring, Leicester, 1990. Broadcast premiere: BBC Radio 3, October 29th, 1993.
Voyeurism and Coach Ride, from Eugenie de Franval
13'. Piano, string trio, clarinet/bass clarinet, tuba, marimba, vibes, percussion, photographic flash (13'). Premiere: George W. Welch, 1990, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London.
10'. This exists in five versions. The first three are scored for vln/gtr, clar/pno and vln/pno. Version 4: clarinet, viola, cello, piano (made for 'Perihelion' and first performed by them at the University of Queensland, Brisbane in 1996). Version 5: clarinet, violin, cello, piano (made for 'Burdocks' and first performed by them in Vancouver, Canada, 1998).
3'. Ded. Nigel Hinds. Massed clarinets, tpt, horn, 2 trbs, tuba, snare drum. Premiere: Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester, October 1988 (outdoors). Broadcast premiere: BBC Radio Leicester, October 1988.
13'. Fl, cl (d. Bass cl), tuba, glock, vibes, marimba, piano, perc. Premiere: 'George W. Welch', Purcell Room, London, 1988.
c.15'. 'Miniature amphibian opera' featuring multiple frog calls and piano/ensemble. Premiere: George W. Welch. Broadcast premiere: BBC Radio 3, February 2nd, 1991. Many other performances around the world. View video excerpt of performance by Hildegard Kleeb (piano) and Roland Dahinden (trombone) in Xi'an, China (2010). Download score. CD Available on CD "Pataphysical Piano".
Simon and Ennoia
12'. Commissioned by the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. Bass cl, vibes, marimba, vln, vla, cello. Premiere: ICA, 1983 (under title 'Worker's Rubble'). Broadcast premiere: 'George W. Welch', BBC Radio 3, 1990.
26'. Ded. Hugh McDowell. Solo cello (amplified), cl, tuba, vibes, marimba, perc, piano, vln, vla Premiere: 'George W. Welch', Lauderdale House, London, 1987. Broadcast Premiere: Hannover Hochshule Ensemble (cond. Ladislav Kupkovic), Hannover Radio, 1991.
1'. Electronic. Ded. John White.
To End. Caruso Sang Figure 1
Digital (endless loop). Ded. Mark Thomson. In Hugill, A. (2006) Available on CD "Pataphysics".
10'. Viola duo. Published by Forward Music.
18'. Piano duet, guitar, marimba, gong, tuba, vln, vla, cello. Premiere: 'George W. Welch', BMIC London, 1984.
12'. Version 1: 4 harmoniums (one player sings). Version 2: 2 pianos 6 hands, marimba 4 hands, electric guitar, gong, vln, vla. Premiere: 1. Keele University, 1983; 2. 'George W. Welch', London, 1983
Perles de l'opera
18'. Version 1: 2 voices, 2 pianos 8 hands, tuba, drum. Version 2: cl, tuba, piano duet, vibes, marimba, drum, tam-tam, vln, vla, cello, tape. Premiere: 1. Keele University New Music Group, 1985; 2. 'George W Welch', Purcell Room, 1990.
6'. Ded. John Abram. Electric guitar, piano, bongos. Premiere: Vancouver, Canada, 1986.
A Worker Speaks
c. 30'. Ded. Alfred Worker. Mutliple pianos and tapes. Premiere: Keele University, 1981.
26'. Ded. Roger Marsh. clarinet and string quartet (with optional slides or theatrical presentation). Premiere: Keele University, 1980. See Mark Thomson's drawings that illustrated the score and may be shown during a performance.
Single-composer CD of music for piano, performed by Taina Niemela, Isabel Chaplais, Adam Swayne, Richard Uttley, Paul Kean, Karis Stretton.
Bouquet of Sounds (2007)
A CD compilation of electroacoustic works by Simon Atkinson, Pierre Couprie, Leigh Landy, Richard Hemmings, Chrtistopher Hobbs, Rob Weale, John Richards, Simon Emmerson, Peter Batchelor, Rick Nance, Bret Battey, Sophy Smith, Andrew Hugill, Ximena Alarcón, Ron Herrema
A Hugill-curated CD with accompanying booklet commissioned by Sonic Arts Network. Tracks by: Alphonse Allais, Alfred Jarry, Marcel Duchamp, Percy Grainger, Boris Vian, Harpo Marx, Luc Etienne, Jean Dubuffet, Robert Wyatt & Hugh Hopper, Gavin Bryars, Nigey Lennon, Christopher Hobbs, Andrew Hugill, Frédéric Inigo, Gullibloon, John Levack Drever, Neil Salley, Ramuntcho Matta, Marc Battier.
Island Symphony (1995)
Single-composer CD (no longer available)