Hugh Blogg’s musical development began in Watford where he was introduced to a wealth of musical experiences at a young age. He has especially fond memories of playing in numerous orchestras which helped to cultivate a team-spirited approach to performance. The happy combination of study at Watford Grammar School for Boys and the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Dept, led to the decision to read music at the University of Leeds where he continued to relish various roles of responsibility. Particular highlights include performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with the LUUMS Chamber Orchestra, conducting the LUUMS Symphony Orchestra for two years, and playing with LS2, a contemporary music ensemble. During an Erasmus Exchange year at the Conservatoire de Region de Strasbourg Hugh enjoyed working with a diverse range of chamber groups, which ignited a passion for music-making on a smaller scale.
Hugh’s growing enthusiasm for chamber music was realised in the form of the string quartet whilst studying for a Masters at the RNCM. He was initially introduced to quartet playing through informal chamber music socials and rapidly became enamoured with the genre’s spontaneous dynamic. Through quartet coaching, rehearsal and performance he relishes exploring and learning about music in a wonderfully enriching environment – with the goal of continually crafting a living, evolving interpretation. In performance Hugh hopes to share his sense of excitement, wonder, and sometimes bewilderment, towards a form of musical expression that can have such a profound impact on one’s life.
As a freelance violinist Hugh has particularly enjoyed working with the Bristol Ensemble, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata under Gabor Takacs and Ensemble Deva.