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Music, Sat 21 Oct 2017

Music in Mind: Hidden Voice

Music in Mind: Hidden Voice


JOHN MCHUGH The Lancashire Voice
JOHN MCHUGH There Was Murder Down There
STEVE REICH (B. 1936) Different Trains
JOHN MCHUGH The Hidden Voice

Mishima Quartet
Kate Richardson, Violin
Kate Marsden, Violin
Rachel Jones, Viola
Hilary Browning, Cello

John McHugh, Piano

John McHugh and the Mishima Quartet present _Hidden Voice_, a unique multimedia composition based on the speech of people living with dementia, Steve Reich’s _Different Trains_ plus music based on the intonations in the Liverpool accent and the boxing moves of Muhammed Ali.

JOHN MCHUGH is a widely experienced composer, performer and music educator. He has composed music in many forms ranging from advertising campaigns for Lucozade and Delta Airways to ballets, music theatre, classical and multi - media works for the concert hall.

His commission for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations was the highly acclaimed ‘The Big Voice, Liverpool’ in which he set the rhythms and melodies of the ‘Scouse’ accent to music and was featured on BBC televisions ‘North West Tonight’ and Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. His latest work is the ground breaking ‘Hidden Voice’ in which he takes the concept a stage further by giving a voice to people with living dementia. Described by NHS Clinical Director, Professor Alistair Burns as a ‘’unique relationship between music and dementia’’, it uses the melodies from speech to capture the individual stories in a unique and beautiful way.

John is a former pupil of guitarist John Williams and has performed in many countries throughout the World in venues ranging from The QE2 Cruise Liner to The Royal Festival Hall. He has released a series of recordings as both performer and composer including ‘From the Famine’, ‘Here In My Home, Part 1’ and ‘Guitar Classics from Around the World’. In 2015 John was asked to arrange the music for the visit of his Royal Highness Prince Charles to Liverpool. John balances his composing and performing work with teaching and believes passionately in the power of music to enhance everyone’s life. 

The MISHIMA QUARTET have played together for many years as part of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. They have worked with John McHugh on many projects including large scale concert pieces, educational works for school children and music for string quartet and Balinese Gamelan.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 21 Oct 2017 19:30 to 00:00


Leeds College of Music


3 Quarry Hill,



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Map reference: SE 309336  Lat: 53.79823 Long: -1.53125

Leeds City Station, situated on New Station Street, is approximately a 10-minute walk from Leeds College of Music.

Leeds Central Coach Station is situated on Dyer Street between Quarry Hill and Kirkgate Market, opposite the West Yorkshire Playhouse and just two minutes from Leeds College of Music. Regular services operate from Hull, London and Manchester Airport.

Enter the postcode LS9 8AH into your Satellite Navigation.

Leeds is located at the crossroads of the M62 and the M1, and just a few kilometres from the A1.

When entering the city, follow the brown road signs for ‘West Yorkshire Playhouse’ at Quarry Hill, just off the A64 York Road in the centre of Leeds – or you can follow the City Centre Loop signs.

Major attractions, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, are identified on the Loop signs. The Conservatoire is at Loop Junction 12.

Please note the Conservatoire does not have any car parking space. We recommend that visitors use the multi-storey car park on Harper Street near Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Leeds station


  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality