The University of Huddersfield, and principally its work with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, has received royal recognition.

The highly coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize was awarded to the University by HRH The Prince of Wales along with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace on 25th February 2016.

The Prize acknowledges and celebrates the work the University does, in conjunction with hcmf// to bring new, exciting contemporary music to a global audience, alongside the new courses now on offer in Huddersfield.

Awarded on a biennial basis and a part of the UK’s national honours system, the Queen’s Anniversary Prize is one of the most sort after titles within Higher & Further Education, and pays tribute to the organisation as a whole rather than an individual or team.

Huddersfield’s long-standing musical history was put firmly in the spotlight as the awards highlight how universities and colleges contribute to the nation’s intellectual, economic and cultural well-being.

A Jewel In Hudderfield’s Crown

Included within a 5,000 word application document, the University referenced the Festival, founded by Richard Steinitz, which is now established internationally as the foremost platform for new and experimental music, and how it further enhances the university’s global reputation.

A clearly delighted Professor Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, commented: “There is no doubt that contemporary music research and performance is one of the jewels in our crown at the University of Huddersfield.”

He added: “We are proud and privileged by the royal recognition and royal visits that we have received over the years and it is worth recalling that when Her Majesty The Queen came to visit us in 2007, it was to lay the foundation stone for our Creative Arts Building, where our work on contemporary music takes place.”