First tickets on sale now for hcmf// 2011

Bent Sorensen

The first tickets are now on sale for this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with special discounted prices for online booking available for a limited time (until 7 October).

The events represent some of the varied highlights of the 34th festival, which takes place from Friday 18 November to Sunday 27 November 2011, including concerts devoted to the leading Danish composer Bent Sørensen, who is the hcmf// 2011 Composer in Residence.

The opening concert of hcmf// 2011, on Friday 18 November, sees the UK premiere of Sørensen’s piece It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall performed by Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli and string ensemble the Trondheim Soloists, in a concert which also includes work by the late Norwegian master Arne Nordheim and by Aaron Jay Kernis and Nils Henrik Asheim Chase.

Forming part of a wider survey at this year’s festival of the current wealth of talent found in the Danish contemporary music scene, the Sørensen programme includes the substantial piece Dokumentary Koncert #1 on Saturday 19 November and a concert on Tuesday 22 November featuring two Danish ensembles, Scenatet and Trio Aristos, and musicians from Oslo-based supergroup Cikada, performing three works previously unheard in the UK.

The closing concert of hcmf// 2011 on Sunday 27 November also features Sørensen, in collaboration with Anna Berit Asp Christensen. Saudades Inocentes draws upon the voices of three generations of male vocalists – son, father and grandfather – set amidst a female choir and loudspeakers. It forms a pair with Quando stanno morendo, Luigi Nono’s haunting tribute to Polish friends silenced by political repression.

Elsewhere, hcmf// 2011 welcomes back composer James Dillon for the UK premiere of his Oslo/Triptych on Saturday 19 November in a concert also featuring work by Norway’s Lene Grenager and Dutch composer Robin de Raaff, performed by Cikada. The ensemble also leads a celebration of composer Laurence Crane’s 50th birthday year on Sunday 20 November, complemented by a free late-evening concert on Monday 21 November.

Other highlights of hcmf// 2011 that will soon be on sale include a major focus upon Iannis Xenakis, including large-scale choral works and the return of the Arditti Quartet; premieres of new work by last year’s Composer in Residence, Rebecca Saunders, and by Richard Barrett, and portrait concerts devoted to Jennifer Walshe and Mary Bellamy. Keep visiting http://www.hcmf.co.uk for the latest news about tickets for this year’s festival.

The online prices for the events listed below are only available for a limited time, so book now to take advantage of the discounts. Tickets can be booked by clicking the links to each event or by calling the Festival Box Office on 01484 430528.

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Trondheim Soloists + Frode Haltli

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Friday 18 November 2011, St Paul’s Hall, 7pm

Full Price: £19
Concession: £17
Online: £15

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Dokumentary Koncert #1: Bent Sørensen

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Saturday 19 November 2011, Phipps Hall, 12 noon

Full Price: £10
Concession: £8
Online: £6

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Oslo Triptych

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Saturday 19 November 2011, St Paul’s Hall, 3pm

Full Price: £19
Concession: £17
Online: £15

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Cikada: Laurence Crane @ 50

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Sunday 20 November 2011, St Paul’s Hall, 12 noon

Full Price: £15
Concession: £13
Online: £10

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Cikada Point 4  

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Monday 21 November 2011, Phipps Hall, 10.30pm

Free Event

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Shadowplay

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Tuesday 22 November 2011, Town Hall, 3pm

Full Price: £10
Concession: £8
Online: £6

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Saudades Inocentes

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Sunday 27 November 2011, St Paul’s Hall, 6pm

Full Price: £15
Concession: £13
Online: £10

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