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, Heritage Quay – home to the British Music Collection which is comprised of over 40,000 scores and recordings.

This marks the second royal visit over the last year as The University of Huddersfield received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2016 celebrating the university’s “world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience”.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Thornton introduced HRH to Festival Director, Graham McKenzie and Festival Manager, Roisin Hughes who updated the Earl on the growing success of the festival and its development into a global brand.

Professor Robert Addlington, who holds the Queen’s Anniversary Chair Prize in Contemporary Music at the University showed the Earl a selection of 20th Century Scores. One of which was titled Cradle Song for a New Born Child, with music by Sir Arthur Bliss and words by Eric Crozier composed in 1964 on the occasion of the Earl’s own birth, as Prince Edward.

The Earl was also introduced to Emeritus Professor Richard Steinitz who founded hcmf// almost 40 years ago.