Orchestra of Sound and Light

The Orchestra of Sound and Light was formed in 2015 by composer and artistic director Ed Hughes and producer Liz Webb to spread the experience and excitement of ensemble performance with film to schools, further and higher education. OSL is the education arm of the New Music Players. 

OSL was funded by Arts Council England for 2015/16 to present a series of workshops and two public concerts across Sussex working with partners including Southover C of E Primary School and Western Road schools in Lewes, Ore Village Primary Academy in Hastings, Dorothy Stringer school in Brighton, the East Sussex Academy of Music, the University of Sussex and BIMM Brighton. OSL has been exploring two very early silent films with new scores by Ed Hughes: Alice in Wonderland (1903) and Voyage to the Moon (1902). Using networked iPads developed by researchers at the University of Sussex, students from primary school children with no knowledge of music notation to ‘A' level music students have joined the professional players of OSL to form extended ensembles.

The OSL performed as a full orchestra in 'Brighton: Symphony of a City', a new 45' work for orchestra and silent film by Ed Hughes and Lizzie Thynne at the Brighton Festival on 11 May 2016. Full details here

During spring and summer 2017 OSL will be exploring music, film and landscape in 'Cuckmere', an Arts Council funded research and development project featuring workshops at schools and colleges in East Sussex and Brighton. 'Cuckmere' is directed by composer Ed Hughes and film maker Cesca Eaton with the five outstanding musicians of the Orchestra of Sound and Light. 

More details on the OSL website here

OSL at ACCA 26 June 2015

OSL with students at the East Sussex Academy of Music at the first OSL workshop, 26 June 2015, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex