Manners McDade welcomes composer and arranger Hughie Gavin

His work includes 2019 Turner Prize commissions as well as multiple choral collaborations with Universal Records, Ninja Tune, City Slang, Sub Pop, Moshi Moshi Records, as well as sound artist Yuri Suzuki. From Institute Studios in Margate, he conducts both a contemporary vocal ensemble “Institute Collective” and “The Social Singing Choir”.

Coming from a family of musicians, Hughie’s father is internationally renowned opera singer Julian Gavin. He first studied music with his grandmother, composer Val Gavin, and later trained classically as a choral scholar at the London Oratory School. As a songwriter he has worked extensively throughout Europe with international artists. Apart from his successful career as a writer, his unique voice also makes him in demand as a star singer. His version of “I Could Have Danced All Night” was used in the Audi 2020 global advertising campaign. He was also the music director for the 2019 Christmas advertising campaign for very.com.

In addition to working with singers at Institute Studios, his work with voice has included MD and vocal coaching for major touring shows, TV shows and advertising campaigns. Hughie received classical training from his opera singer father Julian Gavin and renowned vocal coach and researcher Janice Chapman. He describes his teaching method as “a natural approach”, drawing on the fundamentals of his classical training with the experience he has gained within the music industry.

Hughie is also a performing artist under the name JAKL. He was voted one of Glastonbury’s Emerging Artists in 2016, gaining national radio support from BBC R1, XFM, BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music. He’s touring with Wildwood Kin in September with an EP to follow on Lookout Mountain Records.

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