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News & Features 2017-04-24T13:45:38+00:00

Vacancy: Marketing & Development Assistant

May 12th, 2017|Comments Off on Vacancy: Marketing & Development Assistant

Marketing & Development Assistant Salary £15,000 per annum (pro rata) Part time (17.5 hours per week) Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire 2 year fixed term contract hcmf// is inviting applications from outstanding, ambitious individuals [...]

Rebecca Saunders takes RPS Award with hcmf// co-commission

May 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Rebecca Saunders takes RPS Award with hcmf// co-commission

We are delighted that Rebecca Saunders has been announced as the winner of the RPS award for Chamber-Scale composition for her latest work and hcmf// co-commission Skin. The piece received its UK Premiere at [...]

Wanted: Yorkshire composers for education project

April 25th, 2017|Comments Off on Wanted: Yorkshire composers for education project

hcmf// are partnering with Sound & Music and Heritage Quay for a brand new project as part of Sound & Music’s Portfolio scheme. The project will use archival scores from the British Music Collection, [...]

Two hcmf// 2016 composers nominated for RPS Music Awards

April 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Two hcmf// 2016 composers nominated for RPS Music Awards

Two composers closely associated with hcmf// – Liza Lim and Rebecca Saunders – dominate the shortlist for Chamber-Scale Compositions in this year’s RPS Music Awards. Australian composer Liza Lim, who is Professor of Composition [...]

HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Huddersfield

March 15th, 2017|Comments Off on HRH The Earl of Wessex visits Huddersfield

HRH The Earl of Wessex, paid his first visit to the University of Huddersfield Campus last week (Wednesday, 8 March 2017). As part of the visit, the Earl visited the award winning archives centre, [...]

Profile: Georg Friedrich Haas

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Profile: Georg Friedrich Haas

To see the work of this year’s Composer in Residence, Georg Friedrich Haas, described as ‘spectral’ might conjure up the image of an artist working in rarefied, abstract realms, poring over graphs and mathematical [...]

Profile: Peter Brötzmann / Michael Wertmüller

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Profile: Peter Brötzmann / Michael Wertmüller

Read about Peter Brötzmann and Michael Wertmüller ahead of their appearance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016.

Profile: Elliott Sharp

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Profile: Elliott Sharp

Find out more about Elliott Sharp ahead of his appearance with Ensemble Resonanz and Gareth Davis at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2016.

Wojtek Blecharz | Body-opera

November 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Wojtek Blecharz | Body-opera

Discover more about Wojtek Blecharz and Body-opera which will be appearing as part of the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Festival.

Graham McKenzie In Conversation With Claudia Molitor

November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Graham McKenzie In Conversation With Claudia Molitor

One of the most anticipated performances at hcmf// 2016 is the world premiere of composer Claudia Molitor's Walking With Partch. Commissioned by hcmf//, Walking With Partch will form part of Ensemble Musikfabrik's concert at [...]

hcmf// 2016: Hidden Gems

November 4th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// 2016: Hidden Gems

With tickets selling fast across the Festival – don’t despair! hcmf// Artistic Director takes you on a day-to-day guide through the ‘hidden gems’ to be discovered throughout hcmf// 2016.

Kelly Jayne Jones pwhmobs Workshop

November 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Kelly Jayne Jones pwhmobs Workshop

Phoenix Dance Theatre and hcmf// invite participants under the age of 5 and their parents/carers to attend a family friendly dance workshop.

Music at Play: Contemporary Dance for Under 5s

October 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Music at Play: Contemporary Dance for Under 5s

Phoenix Dance Theatre and hcmf// invite participants under the age of 5 and their parents/carers to attend a family friendly dance workshop.

White Cane: Salamanda Tandem

October 20th, 2016|Comments Off on White Cane: Salamanda Tandem

A series of site-specific performances, White Cane: Salamanda Tandem immerses audiences in a sound world created by two visually impaired performers.

Interactive Art Workshop

October 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Interactive Art Workshop

Inspired by hcmf//’s amazing poster archive, come and create new designs referencing this year’s Festival and turn them into interactive works of art.

Pop-Up Art School

October 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Pop-Up Art School

An exciting temporary 'pop-up' event celebrating the work and wonderful instruments of American composer and instrument-creator Harry Partch

Manasamitra: The Life of a Bee

October 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Manasamitra: The Life of a Bee

Manasamitra, a West Yorkshire-based arts organisation has developed a musical theatre piece aimed at 2-7 year olds, based on the theme of ‘bees and the environment’.

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hcmf// in Mexico City : John Butcher & CEPROMUSIC

September 29th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// in Mexico City : John Butcher & CEPROMUSIC

John Butcher teams up with CEPROMUSIC as hcmf// arrives in Mexico City on Wednesday 4th October 2016.

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Jennifer Walshe Q&A

August 5th, 2016|Comments Off on Jennifer Walshe Q&A

hcmf// talks to composer Jennifer Walshe ahead of the UK Premiere of Everything is Important as part of the hcmf// 2016 opening concert on Fri 18 November.

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hcmf// 2016 – highlights announced

August 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// 2016 – highlights announced

New works by the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, hcmf// 2016's Composer in Residence, together with two concerts for highly unusual forces - West Coast maverick Harry Partch's menagerie of magical custom-made instruments and Swiss [...]

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hcmf// shorts: the final five

July 28th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// shorts: the final five

Following a record number of applicants to our open call, five artists have been selected for this year’s hcmf// shorts and will feature in an extensive programme alongside other curated free performances. These short performances provide [...]

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hcmf// celebrates second funding success in two days

July 27th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// celebrates second funding success in two days

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has been awarded £114,000 through Arts Council England’s Catalyst Evolve funding stream.

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hcmf// receives £160,000 boost from Arts Council England

July 26th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// receives £160,000 boost from Arts Council England

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has been awarded £160,000 through the International Showcasing Fund from Arts Council England.

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hcmf// in Philadelphia

May 27th, 2016|Comments Off on hcmf// in Philadelphia

hcmf// is presenting a two day festival, celebrating British contemporary music, in association with Ars Nova Workshop in Philadelphia on 24 & 25 June 2016.

Young Conductors’ Day

April 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Young Conductors’ Day

Continuing its partnership with Heritage Quay, this summer hcmf// will be bringing the archives to life through two conducting workshops!

White Cane: Salamanda Tandem

April 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on White Cane: Salamanda Tandem

A series of site-specific performances, White Cane: Salamanda Tandem immerses audiences in a sound world created by two visually impaired performers.

Composer in Residence 2016: Georg Friedrich Haas

April 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Composer in Residence 2016: Georg Friedrich Haas

An introduction to Georg Friedrich Haas, he Austrian microtonal master and 2016's hcmf// composer in residence.

2016 composer in residence revealed

April 20th, 2016|Comments Off on 2016 composer in residence revealed

Georg Friedrich Haas named as Composer in Residence at the 2016 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Three UK Premieres, including The Hyena for ensemble and narrator, Ninth String Quartet and Octet for Eight Trombones Festival runs [...]

  • hcmf// Artistic Director Graham McKenzie and the University of Huddersfield Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Cryan with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Royal recognition for hcmf// & The University Of Huddersfield

February 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Royal recognition for hcmf// & The University Of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield and its work with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has received royal recognition in The Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Eastern Waves

November 27th, 2015|Comments Off on Eastern Waves

This year hcmf// welcomes the Berlin Splitter Orchester to the festival for the first time with two concerts: on Friday 27 November they team up with George Lewis to perform Creative Construction SetTM, a new work composed by Lewis for the ensemble. Then on Saturday 28 November they head to Bates Mill for Splitter Music, a concert devised specially for hcmf//, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Enruptured: Berlin Splitter Orchester Q&A

November 25th, 2015|Comments Off on Enruptured: Berlin Splitter Orchester Q&A

This year hcmf// welcomes the Berlin Splitter Orchester to the festival for the first time with two concerts: on Friday 27 November they team up with George Lewis to perform Creative Construction SetTM, a new work composed by Lewis for the ensemble. Then on Saturday 28 November they head to Bates Mill for Splitter Music, a concert devised specially for hcmf//, to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

Agata Zubel & Jagoda Szmytka: Poles Apart

November 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Agata Zubel & Jagoda Szmytka: Poles Apart

This year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival marks the start of a two-year focus upon new music from Poland: among the most exciting voices to emerge from the country in recent times are composer-singer Agata Zubel and composer Jagoda Szmytka, who feature respectively in concerts by Klangforum Wien and The Riot Ensemble on the festival's opening night.

Crossing the Lines: Naomi Pinnock Q&A

November 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Crossing the Lines: Naomi Pinnock Q&A

fter featuring at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 festivals, this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival sees the welcome return of West Yorkshire-raised composer Naomi Pinnock. Richard Uttley's concert on Saturday 21 November includes the world premiere of her new work, a set of piano miniatures called Lines and Spaces that are inspired in part by the delicate minimalism and transcendent qualities of the paintings of Agnes Martin.

The sounds of science: Mauro Lanza Q&A

November 18th, 2015|Comments Off on The sounds of science: Mauro Lanza Q&A

Science or magic? Some might say that contemporary music is a bit of both. And for several years now, Mauro Lanza's music has explored the borders between knowledge and imagination and the ways in which people throughout the centuries have tried to categorise and imitate the world around them.