Trio of Men (Hugh Nankivell, Steve Sowden, Ben Ballard) make music-based projects & performances which use theatre, projected video and narrative. They are dedicated to making work which imaginatively and successfully engages communities and audiences. Projects include: Ignition (a community theatre narrative for National Theatre of Scotland), Earth Echoes (a UNESCO opera about the Anthropocene) and Long Time Coming, a song-cycle with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & road-builders Galliford Try.
Hugh is a curious composer/performer who wrote the music for the opening ceremony of Milton Keynes’s ‘Concrete Cows’ when he was a teenager and has not looked back since. He has composed large-scale pieces for Opera North, Dartmoor National Park, UNESCO, The National Theatre of Scotland (award winning!) and has led several Anglo-Japanese projects. He currently spends a lot of time with the under 4’s and the over 80‘s. Hugh is Associate Artist (Devon) for BSO Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His paternal grandmother was a cousin of Ivor Gurney, which probably accounts for the eccentric and compulsive song-writing.