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 2017 and 2018 OSL explored 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: A Portrait' composed by Ed Hughes with a film by Cesca Eaton, was premiered at the Brighton Festival on Saturday 5 May 2018 by an expanded OSL of 18 players. The core OSL Quintet then performed 'Cuckmere: A Portrait' in quintet version on Sunday 6 May, followed by the world premiere of 31 new pieces written and performed by 59 students from schools and colleges from Brighton and East Sussex. Full details here

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