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New composition captures beauty of South Downs

A new classical musical score set to breathtaking scenery has been created to mark the 10th anniversary of the South Downs National Park.

The original composition has been produced by Sussex composer Ed Hughes, alongside the New Music Players.

High-resolution visuals of the South Downs – including bluebell woods, sweeping vistas, sunflower fields and star-studded night skies – provide a backdrop to the music, which can be heard at

Last year marked a decade since the park was created and this year marks its tenth year of being fully operational.

Ed Hughes, Professor of Composition at the University of Sussex, recorded the score with the New Music Players in London. The melodies and rhythms of his music directly reflect his experience of walking the South Downs Way.

He said: “The sense of scale and the vistas in the South Downs landscape are very special to me. It’s a wonderful place.”


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