Buy tickets online for hcmf// 2011

The full programme for the 34th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is now on sale with booking open on all tickets. Taking place from Friday 18 November to Sunday 27 November, this year’s festival once again brings the best in international new music to Huddersfield, with more than 60 concerts, talks, exhibitions, installations and participatory events.

This year’s hcmf// Composer in Residence is Denmark’s Bent Sørensen and the festival is bookended by two concerts presenting his work. The opening concert on Friday 18 November includes the UK premiere of It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall, written for and performed by the Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli, accompanied by the Trondheim Soloists. Sørensen’s music features throughout the festival, until the closing concert on Sunday 27 November, which pairs Sørensen’s Saudades Inocentes, featuring three generations of male vocalists, music by Luigi Nono and Georg Friedrich Haas.

The festival’s commitment to staging the most exciting and challenging new music is apparent with the world premiere on Saturday 19 November of CONSTRUCTION, Richard Barrett’s monumental new work exploring different visions of utopia set against less perfect realities. Performed by the cross-continental ensemble ELISION, it’s one of many concerts at hcmf// 2011 by leading large-scale new-music ensembles.

Among the others are the Swiss basel sinfonietta, whose concert from Scratch on Sunday 20 November pays tribute to the radical and influential Scratch Orchestra. Elsewhere during the festival, concerts by Norway’s Cikada Ensemble present new work by James Dillon and Lene Grenager, and celebrate the 50th birthday this year of Lawrence Crane. Cologne’s musikFabrik premiere a new work by longtime collaborator Rebecca Saunders; ensemble recherche present a world premiere by Steven Daverson and work by Fausto Romitelli, whilst festival regulars London Sinfonietta and Sarah Nicolls return to Huddersfield on Saturday 19 November.

Iannis Xenakis is the subject of a special hcmf// focus this year, with the opening of Spherical Worlds, an exhibition revealing his life and work, at Huddersfield Art Gallery on Friday 18 November and further concerts from the Arditti Quartet, New London Chamber Choir, cellist Arne Deforce and pianist Mark Knoop.

Other highlights of a packed programme include new electroacoustic music courtesy of NoTAM on Thursday 25 November; the unmatchable Evan Parker, who leads his Electroacoustic Ensemble on Friday 18 November and teams up with Matthew Wright for Trance Map the following day, and the UK premiere of TablesAre Turned, composed by Austria’s Bernhard Lang for AlterEgo and turntablist Philip Jeck.

Once again, hcmf// opens its doors for free on Monday 21 November with a wealth of concerts and events, including a chance to see rising new talents and bite-sized work in hcmf// shorts. This year also brings the fruits of the European Composers’ Professional Development Programme, with up-and-coming composers having their works performed by Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10 and Icarus Ensemble on Wednesday 23 November.

Tickets for all the festival events can be booked through the hcmf// website: click here to see programme details and to buy online (online discounts are available until 7 October). You can also book by ringing the festival box office on 01484 430528.