Hugh studied percussion and piano at the Royal College of Music. Since graduating he has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer and band leader.

He has recently toured the Sam Mendes production of Richard III with Kevin Spacey and played the Meltdown Festival with Mark Almond. He has also performed with the BBC Big Band and BBC Symphony Orchestra, Beth Orton, Donnie Osmond, the LPO, Roberto Pla, Tim Minchin, the London Sinfonietta and Siouxsie Sioux. The numerous film soundtracks he has played on include Beyond the Sea, Shifty, An Ideal Husband, Hard Candy and Poppy Shakespeare and has contributed to albums with artists such as Marti Pellow, These New Puritans and DJ Vadim.

West End credits include Lion King, Hair, Jerry Springer the Opera, Fela, Dorian Gray and Never Forget. Hugh is also in demand as a songwriter, producer and educator.