Hugh began conducting special music groups for adults with learning difficulties in his studio around 15 years ago, working for companies such as Enable, Life Options and Quarriers and "making a difference" on a daily basis. In early 2016, he began working for Swan & Horn full time.
He is an accomplished, versatile and oft-published musician and song writer, with a long history of recording and performing in Britain and abroad. He still contributes to specialist music magazines and websites, and is currently working on a new solo album and writing a training guide for leaders of music activities.
Fresh from studying biomedical science to PhD level at St Thomas' Hospital in London, Maria fell in love with academic publishing in the 1980s, taking on roles as a medical writer of books and videos for Adelphi and a desk/production editor of biomedical journals for Taylor & Francis, before moving to Adis/Springer as a med-comms project manager on diverse publications, educational workshops and conferences. In the early 90s, she moved to Argyll & Bute in Scotland as editorial manager for Crossaig/ISI, one of the first wholly digital, pre-interenet publishing companies in the world working for Elsevier.
As an excellent musician and actor (due in part to his Steiner schooling), Hugh was one of the youngest students to be taken on by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (now known as the Royal Conservatoire), before launching into a long career in the music industry, first in retail with a major high-street chain. With his partners, he established several music stores across Scotland, some of which are still going strong (CC Music in Glasgow and Bandwagon in Perth). As a wholesaler, he imported specialist musical lines from the United States, before setting up a successful recording and rehearsal studio in Glasgow; he ran The Practise Pad for nearly 20 years. It is now known as The Audio Lounge.
As Publications Manager, Maria deals with every aspect of creating books and meeting her authors' publishing needs in a relaxed but efficient manner. For a friendly, enthusiastic chat about your publishing aims or support needs, email Maria directly.
Maria went freelance in 2000 as Shoreline BioMedical and was immediately awarded Advanced Professional Membership of the SfEP on the strength of her skills. The company supplied expert content-management services for producers of specialist biomedical and clinical information worldwide; science-based fiction often came her way too. With the advantage of clients who had great faith in her, she was able to extend her service range into every aspect of the publishing process and so indulge her creative flair. With contributions to thousands of publications, and several published features, articles, reports and online documents to her name, she finally moved into publishing in 2011, promising herself to continue putting authors first.