Brian Hughes is considered to be one of the most important choral composers living in Wales today. The highly charged rhythmic energy of his music coupled with his knowledge of vocal technique produces a fresh, contemporary style that is both readily singable and stimulating for both audiences and performers alike.
His works are regularly performed by both amateur choral groups and professional singers throughout the country. Perhaps a recognition of his choral expertise is the fact that the Llangollen International Eisteddfod commissioned him to write a test piece for the 2007 Male Voice Choir competition; a setting of William Blake’s Tyger! Tyger! Burning Bright.
Over the last 10 years he has been embarking on a series of large scale works which have been enthusiastically received. These include Te Deum, commissioned by Harrogate Choral Society, Tanau for full symphony orchestra and brass band commissioned by the Welsh Proms (2003), Pren Planedig for soprano and orchestra commissioned by Laudamus, and his Requiem for mixed and male chorus commissioned by Trawsnewid – a cultural organization based in Gwynedd, North Wales. In 2007 The Bells of Paradise was written for Gresford Parish Church and Trafod, a concerto for flutes, percussion and strings was comissioned by Sinfonia Cymru. In summer 2010 the National Youth Orchestra of Wales gave the first performances of Troad.