Learning & Participation

hcmf//aims to make new music accessible to increasingly varied audiences and participants. Our year-round Learning and Participation programme plays a vital role in forging and developing relationships with a wide variety of local communities and seeks to break down barriers and perceptions surrounding new music.

hcmf// offers creative musical experiences for participants whilst providing direct contact with high-profile, high-quality artists. Over the last ten years, hcmf// has worked with over 8500 participants across over 80 projects.

hcmf//’s Learning & Participation programme offers diverse events to a broad range of ages, from hands-on music experiences for babies and toddlers to events for school students, families, refugees and asylum seekers, people in prison, community members, emerging artists and regular festival-goers. The festival’s programme includes creative workshops, concert experiences, archival activities and professional development, providing participants direct contact with professionally established artists.

Find out how you can get involved by contacting our Learning and Participation Manager, Alexandra Richardson, at alex@hcmf.co.uk or on 01484 471 116.


Learning & Participation Events
Learning & Participation News
  • Threads II
  • Threads II
  • Music at Play: Sound Explorers - Session 2
  • Music at Play: Sound Explorers - Session 1
  • Untroubled Light - Eleanor Cully
    Untroubled Light // Melt
  • Mini Pop Up Art School
  • Noise Orchestra presents: Noise Machines & Light Installation
  • Noise Orchestra presents: Noise Machines & Light Workshop
  • In Here it’s not Prison: Engaging vulnerable and stigmatized communities in composition
  • Watch: Music for Young Players
  • hcmf// shorts | Applications now open
  • Workshop Participants Wanted
  • CoMA Festival call for workshop leaders/conductors
  • Saturday Music School
    hcmf// SMS
  • Music at Play: Imaginary Communities
  • Pop-Up Art School
  • Lauren Sarah Hayes: Improvising Electronics Workshop
  • Music for Young Players
  • CeReNeM Masterclass: Hilda Paredes
  • Why is gender still an issue in Music?
  • The blurred line: between drawing and sound
  • Heavy Metal: An exploration of bells and metal percussion
  • Young child playing with Lego
    hcmf// in Lego
  • The Metal Playground
  • CeReNeM Guest Lecture: Christopher Trapani
  • By beings / Mira Calix
    Podcast: Mira Calix
  • Music For Young Players
  • By beings / Mira Calix
    Mira Calix: by beings in two places at once
  • Kelly Jayne Jones pwhmobs Workshop
  • Music at Play: Contemporary Dance for Under 5s
  • White Cane: Salamanda Tandem
  • Interactive Art Workshop
  • Pop-Up Art School
  • Manasamitra: The Life of a Bee
  • Explore Ensemble
    hcmf// shorts: the final five
  • Young Conductors’ Day
  • White Cane: Salamanda Tandem
  • Composer in Residence 2016: Georg Friedrich Haas


Download the L&P 2016 report (pdf)
Download the L&P 2015 report (pdf)