Buy tickets for hcmf// 2012
Full Festival programme launches - book your tickets now
Tickets are now on sale for all events in this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, with online earlybird discounts still available for a limited time.
The 35th hcmf// takes place from Friday 16 November to Sunday 25 November 2012 and once again promises a programme filled with cutting-edge music from a host of leading international composers and performers, including Maja S K Ratkje, Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Crash Ensemble, Ensemble musikFabrik and many more.
Among the Festival's highlights are an opening concert by Ireland's Crash Ensemble, who have galvanised audiences with their energetic approach to contemporary music. Their portrait concert of the ensemble's co-founder Donnacha Dennehy on Friday 16 November includes his landmark piece Grá Agus Bás, a stunning fusion of pulsating minimalism and the expressive traditional Irish song style sean-nós.
This year's hcmf// Composer in Residence is Norway's Maja S K Ratkje. With work that ranges from delicate and intimate to devastatingly powerful, festivalgoers can experience the full scope of her talents, including an appearance by her improvisation quartet SPUNK, premieres of new work performed by Cikada Ensemble, by Quatuor Bozzini and by three choirs accompanied by electronics. Families will be enchanted by Korall Koral, an underwater-set ‘baby opera', whilst the UK premiere of her Concerto for Voice and Orchestra features in one of two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
The Festival also welcomes to these shore two groundbreakers with a shared history, Philip Corner and Malcolm Goldstein, on Friday 23 November. Corner will make an extremely rare UK appearance, joining harpists Rhodri Davies and Ruth Wall at a concert devoted to his music. Later that day, Goldstein, who formed the Tone Roads Ensemble with Corner and James Tenney in the 60s, will give his first-ever British performance on solo violin.
With this year marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Cage - and the 20th of his death - hcmf// celebrates the pioneering and still-controversial composer with Irvine Arditti's performance of Freeman Etudes, a violin work that urges us to strive for the impossible, and with Paul Hillier conducting Coro Casa da Música in the only UK performance of the colourful and often surreal collection the SONG-CAGE.
Other events not to miss include Lifelines, John Surman's specially commissioned piece featuring the award-winning Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir, and several concerts exploring German composer Wolfgang Rihm in the year that he turns 60, including Ensemble musikFabrik teaming up with EXAUDI for a performance of Rihm's Vigilia on Sunday 18 November. They join what is once again a notable number of leading contemporary ensembles who are converging upon hcmf// 2012 from across the globe, including Ensemble Resonanz, Oslo Sinfonietta and ensemble recherche.
Tickets for all events can be bought online here, with discounts available on a first-come, first-served basis until 7 October 2012 (or earlier if limits are reached before then). Or you can contact the hcmf// box office by telephone on 01484 430528.