About hcmf//

hcmf// team
Graham McKenzie Artistic Director
Roisin Hughes Festival Manager
Harriet Richardson
Festival Coordinator
Sarah McWatt Learning & Participation Officer
Sheralyn Bonner Marketing Director & Regional PR Manager
Faith Wilson National PR Manager
Adam Long Technical Director

hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, over 10 days consisting of approximately 50 events, including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film, with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. 

hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation and to be an active cultural partner within the region.

Festival Facts:

  • 30 years of consistent success & world-wide recognition
  • 10 packed days in November presenting up to 7 events per day 
  • In 2007, the BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now devoted all of its December programming to the Festival (approx 90,000 radio audience)
  • Presents performances of live cutting edge music within a diversity of events and experiences
  • Commissions and programmes around 10 works each year
  • Has presented 381 world premieres and 813 UK premieres with more planned for the future
  • Provides an opportunity for second performances of works
  • Presents an opportunity for international performers to be heard in the UK
  • Is a platform for numerous debut artists
  • Has been an employer for lots of composers and performers in the early stages of their careers
  • Has involved over 5,745 individuals in 50 different projects since 1991 as part of its education programme
  • Generates substantial media & press coverage - regional, national and international
  • Hosted BBC2 Culture Show in 2004 (1.3 million TV audience, 5 million reach)