Project Summary

PhotOperative was an education project in partnership with Photoworks, a visual arts organisation in Brighton. As part of this project, and together with the De la Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, Glyndebourne and Photoworks co-commissioned Auditorium, a film and sound installation, which brought together the creative talents of artist Sophy Rickett and composer Ed Hughes to develop a new piece of exciting visual art. The piece was created in response to the modern architecture of the new opera house and contrasts with and complements the beauty of the South Downs and the traditions of Glyndebourne’s past. In Auditorium the artists have worked towards a cinematic language that expressed the complex relationship between moving imagery, music and sound.


Auditorium was the central focus of the multi-layered PhotOperative project, which began in 2005 and combined three main elements: performance, exhibition and documentation. All these aspects were linked by an education project involving twelve music and photography students from East Sussex Academy of Music and Brighton and Hove Sixth Form College together with the South Downs Youth Orchestra. PhotOperative gave the students the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from Sophy and Ed’s diverse working processes. The students’ own work mirrored the artists’ cross art-form commission, pairing up to produce six new pieces alongside the work of the main artists.

Creative Team

Composer Ed Hughes
Director Sophy Rickett
Cinematographer Megan Frazer
Lighting Designer Simon Mills

Orchestra South Downs Youth Orchestra