Hugh Rodgers is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and filmmaker based in Dublin, Ireland. He has written scores for internationally award-winning documentaries, short films, commercials, and online media. He is a versatile composer, as comfortable working with electronics or individual musicians, as he is with larger ensembles and orchestral arrangements. His music ranges from charming and whimsical to ethereal and atmospheric, and he can infuse flavours of any musical genre into his individual style. Hugh’s scores always possess an emotive quality and a strong identity that, when woven together with pictures, forms an integral part of the story. His background as a filmmaker informs his approach and helps him to devise an individual sound that is right for each project.
Recent work includes Riyadh Khalaf’s half-hour documentary following Swaziland’s first gay pride, ‘Fighting For Pride’; ‘Strange Occurrences In a Small Irish Village’, a feature-length documentary on the bizarre business of miracles in the town of Knock, Co. Mayo, the score for which featured violinist Cora Venus Lunny, and a newly recorded acapella performance of ‘Aisling Gheal’by Iarla O Lionaird; ‘Bittersweet’, a documentary about diabetes, which recently won the Best Educational Media award at the RAW Science Film Festival in L.A.
Hugh regularly collaborates with other musicians, artists, filmmakers and composers. In 2014 he co-wrote a score with fellow Irish composer, Ray Harman, for Aoife Kelleher’s acclaimed and multi award-winning feature-length documentary on life and death at Glasnevin Cemetery, ‘One Million Dubliners’, for which he also arranged and produced a special version of Luke Kelly’s ‘The Night Visiting Song’featuring Diane Anglim on vocals and Kevin Murphy on cello. Hugh’s score for Vittoria Colonna’s short film on grief, ‘Sandboy’, which featured Ken Rice on violin, won Best Score at the Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado.
Hugh has performed and recorded with various bands and artists over the years, and is a founding member of the alternative folk band, A Dark Horse, whose music has been praised at home and abroad, described by Seattle Weekly as “compelling, dense and dreamy”and “a rich, cinematic sound”by Nialler9.com. He is a first class honours graduate of the Music & Media Technologies masters in Trinity College, where he studied under contemporary classical composers Donnacha Dennehy, Linda Buckley and Roger Doyle.