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979-0-57036-819-8 CUCKMERE: A Portrait – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£43.95)
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For centuries the Cuckmere River has inspired artists, sheltered smugglers and preserved a host of rare habitats and wildlife as it charts a course through some of the most evocative landscapes in southern England.

In a work of beauty and eloquence, the filmmaker Cesca Eaton and the composer/conductor Ed Hughes trace the changing moods of the Cuckmere river, from its source in the Sussex Downs to its dramatic twists and turns as it meanders to the sea at Cuckmere Haven.


30 minutes
1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 B-flat Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn in F, 1 Trumpet in B-flat, 1 Bass drum, 1 Glockenspiel, 1 Suspended Cymbal (Unspecified), 1 Timpani, 1 Piano, 1 Orchestral Strings
Composition date


7 March 2020

All Saints Centre, Lewes

Orchestra of Sound and Light (recording and CD launch)

6 May 2018

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9RA

Orchestra of Sound and Light Quintet

Ed Hughes (conductor)

5 May 2018

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Falmer

Orchestra of Sound and Light, Ed Hughes, conductor