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hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning & Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and uniq

hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning & Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and uniq

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Described as the 'inescapable cog' of the Irish new music scene, Nick Roth talks to CultureFilePod about why knowing thr...
09/12/2022
Huddersfield 45 | Culture File

Described as the 'inescapable cog' of the Irish new music scene, Nick Roth talks to CultureFilePod about why knowing through music is the best type of knowing.

Listen to the interview here:

Inescapable cog of the Irish new music scene, Nick Roth on why knowing via music is the best type of knowing.

This year at hcmf// we celebrated exciting new music from Ireland - you can hear some of it for yourself on CultureFileP...
08/12/2022
Huddersfield 45 | Culture File

This year at hcmf// we celebrated exciting new music from Ireland - you can hear some of it for yourself on CultureFilePod's podcast! 🎶

Catch this interview with Ann Cleare, whose work was performed at this year’s festival:

One of several Irish composers celebrated at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival was Birr-based, Ann Cleare

If you enjoyed the World Premiere of Una Monaghan's 'Notwithstanding' at hcmf//2022, make sure you listen to CultureFile...
06/12/2022
Huddersfield 45 | Culture File

If you enjoyed the World Premiere of Una Monaghan's 'Notwithstanding' at hcmf//2022, make sure you listen to CultureFilePod's interview with Una as she discusses her latest composition. 🎶

Listen to the interview here:

Harper-composer, Úna Monaghan on her festival premier of Notwithstanding, scored for, among other things, harp, motion-tracked clarinet and a trio of turntables.

We can't believe that hcmf// 2022 is over already! However, the wonderful music continues - catch CultureFilePod's inter...
06/12/2022

We can't believe that hcmf// 2022 is over already! However, the wonderful music continues - catch CultureFilePod's interview with our Composer in Residence, Lisa Streich from last week, in which she discusses the handmade machines she uses to play piano in her music.

You can listen to the interview here: https://bit.ly/3HeLCA4

Or, watch the interview on TikTok here: https://bit.ly/3h1JcKH

And with that, hcmf// 2022 draws to a close!It's been an incredible experience, restoring the full 10-day festival forma...
28/11/2022

And with that, hcmf// 2022 draws to a close!

It's been an incredible experience, restoring the full 10-day festival format and welcoming musicians, composers, delegates and of course our wonderful concert-goers, new or returning, from near and from far into the fold, here in Huddersfield.

The 45th edition of the festival featured dozens of concerts, packed with World and UK Premieres, commissions, installations and exhibitions, talks, film screenings, live scores, workshops, tours, recorded radio broadcasts, site-specific works, international partnerships and collaborations, and all the interpersonal moments that make hcmf// a core part of our ever-growing contemporary music community. This year we hosted the Oram Awards for the first time and produced another day of hcmf// shorts, delivering free concerts in venues throughout the town as part of our ongoing efforts to break down barriers in sound.

Our deepest and most heartfelt thanks for joining us. We'll see you next year!

It's the final day of hcmf// 2022, and what a festival it's been! Before we get into Day 10's activities, here are some ...
27/11/2022

It's the final day of hcmf// 2022, and what a festival it's been! Before we get into Day 10's activities, here are some snaps of Pat Thomas, Decibel and the Australian Art Orchestra with Cat Roberts and Mandhira de Saram yesterday. Photos by Brian Slater.

In the morning, interactive flute theatre and puppetry session FloooOOOooot! takes place for under-5s. Free, booking required.

10am: babies, young and older toddlers
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/music-at-play-flooooooooot-1/

11.30am: older toddlers and pre-schoolers
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/music-at-play-flooooooooot-2/

At 1pm, acclaimed pianist Andrew Zolinsky performs an intriguing programme of five contrasting voices from the farthest edges of the Atlantic: Lilja María Ásmundsdóttir, Linda Buckley, Barry O'Halpin, Donnacha Dennehy and Chris McCormack.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/andrew-zolinsky/

Taking place at 4pm inside the giant white inflatable structure of Speak Percussion's Polar Force – Array installation, Agglomeration of Measurement will see Eugene Ughetti stretch the experimental language of percussion itself. This one's sold out:
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/agglomeration-of-measurement/

hcmf// 2022's closing concert is at 7pm. Explore Ensemble + Mark Fell turn to an avant-garde, algorithmic practice: prohibiting rehearsals, each musician will applies a specific set of rules, isolated from the rest, cast as part of a larger constellation.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/explore-ensemble-mark-fell/

Today is also the last chance to catch our three exhibitions and installations, Ulysses Journey 2022, Listen To My World and Polar Force – Array. Details for all events can be found in our programme: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

As Day 9 begins, some highlights from yesterday: Twenty Fingers Duo (📷 Brian Slater), Crash Ensemble performing Barry O'...
26/11/2022

As Day 9 begins, some highlights from yesterday: Twenty Fingers Duo (📷 Brian Slater), Crash Ensemble performing Barry O'Halpin's Wingform, and David Toop, Steve Beresford, Mark Wastell and Phil Durrant improvising as part of Alan Davie: Painting, Music, Film (📷 Simon Marshall)

Discover one of the most important music collections in the country in our Archive Deep Dive at Heritage Quay! Free, booking required. Tours are at:

10am (women + gender minorities only)
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/archive-deep-dive/

1.15pm (open to all)
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/archive-deep-dive-2/

Australian chamber ensemble Decibel perform at noon, playing a series of works composed by founder and artistic director Cat Hope. Acoustic and electronic combinations, subtone parts, live signal processing and co-composed approaches all feature.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/decibel/

At 5pm, virtuoso pianist Pat Thomas brings his signature inventiveness, imagination and adventurousness to hcmf//, performing a solo improvisation on piano that may well blend jazz, classical and more. Come and see an expert exhibit their excellence!
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/pat-thomas/

Closing out the day at 8pm, the fantastic Australian Art Orchestra are joined by Cath Roberts and Mandhira de Seram to perform the Yolngu-influenced Fresh Water – Salt Water. This is a culturally rich UK Premiere you won't want to miss!
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/australian-art-orchestra-cath-roberts-mandhira-de-saram/

We've also got three installations on show this weekend! Check out all today's events in the hcmf// 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

Today, starting us off at 1pm, Twenty Fingers Duo will play Performa, six contemporary pieces for violin and cello that ...
25/11/2022

Today, starting us off at 1pm, Twenty Fingers Duo will play Performa, six contemporary pieces for violin and cello that are combined into one 'visually intoned' sonic journey.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/twenty-fingers-duo/

At 4pm, three soloists from Australian Art Orchestra - Helen Svoboda, Peter Knight, and Aviva Endean, will perform their own improvisations, allowing audiences the chance to experience the performers' innovations first hand.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/australian-art-orchestra-solos/

At 7.30pm Crash Ensemble will perform Barry O'Halpin's Wingform - an hour-length work in four movements that takes advantage of Crash's unique ability to cover a breadth of musical ground: from winding melodies to hypnotic drones.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/crash-ensemble/

Concluding the day at 10pm is a special performance of an archive film of Scottish abstract painter and multi-instrumentalist Alan Davie in his studio with a live improvised soundtrack by performers Steve Beresford, Phil Durrant, David Toop and Mark Wastell.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/alan-davie-painting-music-film/

The Oram Awards 2022 takes place today, hosted at hcmf// for the first time! We'll be programming a whole day of events ...
24/11/2022

The Oram Awards 2022 takes place today, hosted at hcmf// for the first time! We'll be programming a whole day of events around it, celebrating innovation in sound, music and related technologies.

Here's everything we have planned...

2021 Oram Award winner Mario Sappho starts the day with a fully booked workshop, 'composing and improvising beyond the human'. Participants will explore improv approaches and instruments designed with human, machine and fungal communication.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/workshop-composing-and-improvising-beyond-the-human/

Join us at 2pm for a screening of Daniel Weintraub's new feature-length film, Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros, tracing the life and work of the visionary composer, musician, teacher, technological innovator and humanitarian.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/deep-listening-the-story-of-pauline-oliveros/

At 6pm, join Sophie Cooper, Co-Chair of the Daphne Oram Trust, for a panel discussion with Oram Award winners past and present, exploring their sound practices and their use of new technology.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/panel-discussion-oram-award-winners/

The 2022 Oram Awards ceremony takes place at 7.30pm presented by BBC Radio 3's Elizabeth Alker. Alongside the Awards presentation itself, there'll be a number of short performances too.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/the-oram-awards-2022/

At 10.45pm, Swedish composer and sound artist David Granström will give a solo performance using sounds from both synthetic and acoustic origins to collaborate with technology, rather than simply use it.

https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/david-granstrom/

As Day 6 gets underway, take a look at yesterday's extraordinary moments from lovemusic: Talking Music and our panel on ...
23/11/2022

As Day 6 gets underway, take a look at yesterday's extraordinary moments from lovemusic: Talking Music and our panel on the importance of art collectives. Photography by Brian Slater.

At 1pm, Séverine Ballon – a renowned cellist and composer deeply engaged with the intimacy of the fabric of sound – performs a programme of UK Premieres from Annelies Van Parys, herself, and Sam Hayden respectively.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/severine-ballon/

Don't miss the exciting 5pm concert by a world-leading chamber ensemble, Quatuor Diotima, as they perform two pieces by rising star and hcmf// composer in residence Lisa Streich, plus works from Misato Mochizuki and Olga Neuwirth.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/quatuor-diotima/

At 7.30pm, Julia Holter is joined by her band and the Chorus of Opera North for the World Premiere of her live score of the 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc – an immense sonic tapestry of medieval chants, bells, electronics, and percussion.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/julia-holter-the-passion-of-joan-of-arc/

At 10pm, Nwando Ebizie performs The Swan – a work of sonic fiction imagining a matriarchal community through electronic experiments, cross-border musical influences, radical live art practices and Black Atlantic ritual cultures.
https://hcmf.co.uk/programme/the-swan/

Before we take a glance at today's happenings, a few images pictured below show a little of what went down as part of ou...
22/11/2022

Before we take a glance at today's happenings, a few images pictured below show a little of what went down as part of our big day of hcmf// shorts yesterday. Photography by Brian Slater.

Offering an exploration of the power of the spoken word, today's lunchtime concert with lovemusic brings together a programme of radically different works by Helmut Oehring, Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, Erin Gee and Philip Venables.

Why do arts collectives matter? Come along to our discussion event at 3pm as an international array of panellists consider the benefits of co-operation, grassroots structures and the growing importance of artists collectives in contemporary music.

At 5pm, don't miss This Order Goes Wrong, an experimental piece that sensorially and energetically transposes individual and subjective anxiety to a communal experience, using live instrumentation, electronic music, visual art and body sensors.

Concluding the day at 8pm, Riot Ensemble will feature Lisa Streich's live and installation works for solo players and small ensembles - creating a beguiling universe out of mechanical tick and motorised instruments.

Have a look at today's concerts in our hcmf// 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

Performed by Riot Ensemble, we were delighted to be able to see a performance of Maxim’s Shalygin’s drop after drop this...
21/11/2022

Performed by Riot Ensemble, we were delighted to be able to see a performance of Maxim’s Shalygin’s drop after drop this afternoon at Phipps Hall, as part of hcmf// shorts.

Commissioned by Festivals for Compassion in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, drop after drop is a crucial and must-see event this year.

British Council Ukraine Ukrainian Institute London

Today is hcmf// shorts day - a non-stop roulette of exciting contemporary music performances you can see for free!Start ...
21/11/2022

Today is hcmf// shorts day - a non-stop roulette of exciting contemporary music performances you can see for free!

Start the day with a bang - quite literally - at 12pm, as Thorbjørn Reuter Christiansen performs political, physical piece 180 Hammer blows against war monkeys.

At 12:40pm, Ben Smith (piano) and Patricia Auchterlonie (soprano) will present a programme that - through radically different source materials and treatments - finds beauty in things that are imperceptibly lost.

At 1:20pm, Riot Ensemble joins a host of ensembles from across Europe in performing Maxim Shalygin's drop after drop, a poignant exploration of the devastation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

At 2:10pm, Helen Anahita Wilson uses mantras, musical gifts, and the sounds of machines to create a sonic re-imagining of the patient experience in a hospital, reflecting on her own experience of cancer treatment during the pandemic.

At 2:50pm, Zubin Kanga - pianist performance of Laura Bowler's SHOW(ti)ME investigates the intimate relationship between performance and instrument - peeling back the mask of performance to reveal the performer's vulnerabilities by magnifying the the minutia of piano practice.

At 3:30pm, Yoko Konisji will use feedback sounds to create a pure and mysterious vibe, Siwan Rhys + Katherine Tinker will use piano and recycled plastics to play Claudia Molitor's Polymer Hauntings, and Megan Steniberg will map mental health to experimental turntablism.

Swedish-Ethiopian singer and composer Sofia Jernberg - singer, composer sets off at 5:30pm to bring different voices together through Freedom to Move, joined by creative residency participants Alice Brookes, Ben Spatz, Kirsty Ferguson Lewis, Stephanie Lampera and Supriya Nagarajan.

At 6:20pm Ann Rosén's Liquid Air - A Drawing Session, a product from a children's workshop on electronic music, uses graphite to draw music into existence through her characteristically subtle, warm and creative music.

Sam Longbottom and Tanguy Pocquet will perform threaded | spinning | abrading | possibly breaking at 7.30pm - a series of interactive installation pieces for an ensemble of instruments and turntables, all assembled into one automated system.

Adventurous music-making, creative risk-taking and innovation characterise the works of clarinettist Heather Roche and accordionist Eva Zöllner - come along to hear their exciting programme of new works at 8.10pm.

At 9:30pm there will be an exciting and varied programme of performances from Riot Ensemble, Raven Chacon + Marco Blaauw, and b-l duo. With noise improv, MIDI keyboards and Jonah's activities inside the whale all abound, this one is bound to get psychedelic, freaky and fun.

At 11pm, Sneeze Etiquette will perform with a sound-art record collection, their own cut dubplates, extended turntable techniques and textures of fleetingly-improvised percussion to create an intriguing mood indeed.

Concluding hcmf// shorts is Jan Hendrickse's Black Noise, a work for solo flute that explores the idea that an irreversible change in the materiality of the instrument becomes the work. A blowtorch will play a bamboo flute, burning and ultimately destroying the instrument.

You can check out these concerts in the hcmf// 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

Festivals for Compassion British Council Ukraine
Ukrainian Institute London

This festival sees the launch of a new three-year partnership between hcmf//, the Lietuvos kultūros institutas / Lithuan...
21/11/2022

This festival sees the launch of a new three-year partnership between hcmf//, the Lietuvos kultūros institutas / Lithuanian Culture Institute, and Music Information Centre. We’re delighted to host a Lithuanian-focused reception in partnership with The Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in the UK at hcmf// 2022.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined last night for our reception to celebrate this inaugural presentation of Lithuanian new music at hcmf// 2022.

Explore Lithuanian music at our events this year: https://hcmf.co.uk/lithuanian-music-at-hcmf-2022/

Music Lithuania
Lithuanian Art and Culture in the UK

Many thanks to everyone who attended The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC) CD launch.new music::new Ireland four ...
20/11/2022

Many thanks to everyone who attended The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC) CD launch.

new music::new Ireland four is the latest iteration of CMC’s series which aims to document and promote recordings of new music by composers from Ireland nationally and internationally, performed by leading interpreters of contemporary music.

Arts Council Ireland

It’s a pleasure to welcome so many of you this afternoon to hcmf// 2022’s Culture Ireland reception.Culture Ireland’s vi...
20/11/2022

It’s a pleasure to welcome so many of you this afternoon to hcmf// 2022’s Culture Ireland reception.

Culture Ireland’s vision is that Irish artists deserve a global audience – and this is the guiding light behind a new three-year partnership with hcmf//, starting at this year's festival.

hcmf// 2022 will feature a much-anticipated performance by Dublin’s flamboyant Crash Ensemble and a commission for composer/harpist Úna Monaghan Music

A huge thank you to Sarah Mangan, Ireland’s first Consul General to the North of England, and Sharon Barry, Director of Culture Ireland for their words.

Photos from yesterday: Ensemble intercontemporain, The Monochrome Project and EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble by Brian SlaterSunda...
20/11/2022

Photos from yesterday: Ensemble intercontemporain, The Monochrome Project and EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble by Brian Slater

Sunday morning starts with an opportunity to rest; join Satnam Galsian for Relax-Sing for Wellbeing to discover the benefits of singing for the mind and body, and reset yourself to calm.

At 11am, we're delighted to talk to Diné artist, activist and 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Raven Chacon about his myriad of practices between the worlds of composition, experimental music, installation art, mentoring and teaching.

At midday, we can't wait to hear Red Note Ensemble - one of Scotland's leading contemporary music ensembles - as they perform their varied and critically acclaimed programme of new music: Ann Cleare, Nick Roth and Úna Monaghan all feature.

At 4pm, Riot Ensemble returns to Huddersfield with a programme of premieres by three of the most innovative, vibrant, and unique composers of their generation: Héloise Tunstall-Behrens, Anna Korsun and Lisa Streich.

At 7pm, one of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles, London Sinfonietta, will pair the UK Premiere of Justė Janulytė's latest work - which echoes a sleeping human body - with two more: Lisa Streich's ÄLV, ALV, ALVA and Tyshawn Sorey's For Olly Woodrow Wilson Jr.

At 9.30pm, immerse yourself in Moving Picture (946-3), which combines moving images of countless coloured strips and the sounds of a trumpet, merging the virtual with reality to become a complex work of art.

Pushing the boundaries of the accordion and the musician's physical expression and involvement on stage, Andreas Borregaard performs Jennifer Walshe's Self Care and Philip Venables' My favourite piece is the Goldberg Variations at 10.45pm.

Check out these concerts in our 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

Sunday morning starts with an opportunity to rest;  join Satnam Galsian for Relax-Sing for Wellbeing to discover the ben...
20/11/2022

Sunday morning starts with an opportunity to rest; join Satnam Galsian for Relax-Sing for Wellbeing to discover the benefits of singing for the mind and body, and reset yourself to calm.

At 11am, we're delighted to talk to Diné artist, activist and 2022 Pulitzer Prize winner Raven Chacon about his myriad of practices between the worlds of composition, experimental music, installation art, mentoring and teaching.

At midday, we can't wait to hear Red Note Ensemble - one of Scotland's leading contemporary music ensembles - as they perform their varied and critically acclaimed programme of new music: Ann Cleare, Nick Roth and Úna Monaghan all feature.

At 4pm, Riot Ensemble returns to Huddersfield with a programme of premieres by three of the most innovative, vibrant, and unique composers of their generation: Héloise Tunstall-Behrens, Anna Korsun and Lisa Streich.

At 7pm, one of the world's leading contemporary music ensembles, London Sinfonietta, will pair the UK Premiere of Justė Janulytė's latest work - which echoes a sleeping human body - with two more: Lisa Streich's ÄLV, ALV, ALVA and Tyshawn Sorey's For Olly Woodrow Wilson Jr.

At 9.30pm, immerse yourself in Moving Picture (946-3), which combines moving images of countless coloured strips and the sounds of a trumpet, merging the virtual with reality to become a complex work of art.

Pushing the boundaries of the accordion and the musician's physical expression and involvement on stage, Andreas Borregaard performs Jennifer Walshe's Self Care and Philip Venables' My favourite piece is the Goldberg Variations at 10.45pm.

Check out these concerts in our 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

Culture Ireland The European Saxophone Ensemble Creative Scotland PRS Foundation BBC Radio 3 Ukrainian Institute London Export Music Sweden FST - Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare
Embassy of Sweden in London Arts Council Ireland Norges musikkhøgskole

We’re delighted to see so many of you have joined us this evening for our hcmf// 2022 Swedish-focused reception at Hudde...
19/11/2022

We’re delighted to see so many of you have joined us this evening for our hcmf// 2022 Swedish-focused reception at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The partnership between hcmf// and Swedish cultural institutions began in 2017 and continues this year with a deep dive into the work of Lisa Streich (hcmf// Composer in Residence) alongside a sweep of Swedish new music.

Tonight’s reception takes place on behalf of STIM in collaboration with Stim Forward Fund, Export Music Sweden, Västra Götalandsregionen, the Embassy of Sweden and FST - Föreningen Svenska Tonsättare.

https://hcmf.co.uk/the-sound-of-swedish-new-music-at-hcmf-2022/

We want hcmf// to be the most inclusive celebration of contemporary and new music it can be -- exciting discoveries in s...
19/11/2022

We want hcmf// to be the most inclusive celebration of contemporary and new music it can be -- exciting discoveries in sound should be for everyone.

With that in mind, here's a day-by-day guide on how you can do the festival for free:
https://hcmf.co.uk/hcmf-2022-how-to-do-the-festival-for-free/

It's a packed day at hcmf//!We begin with a panel discussion, The Future Reimagined, featuring Ukrainian artists and gue...
19/11/2022

It's a packed day at hcmf//!

We begin with a panel discussion, The Future Reimagined, featuring Ukrainian artists and guests at this year's festival, focusing on the role artists and cultural institutions play in times of conflict and in rebuilding a better future.

At 1pm, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble bring three new works to Huddersfield this year. A unique ensemble blending the aesthetics of early works with contemporary music, they will showcase their impressive range with music by Chiyoko Szlavnics, Naomi Pinnock, Mikel Urquiza and Lorenzo Pagliei.

At 2.30pm we'll sit down with our hcmf// 2022 Composer in Residence Lisa Streich to discuss the range of sounds that we will hear and experience across the festival, as well as the motorised instruments at the core of her own compositions.

We're excited for Philip Venables' Answer Machine Tape, 1987 at 4pm, a poignant new piece that exemplifies Venables' personal, political storytelling as he uses cutting-edge musical technology to reflect on transcription as a metaphor for the devastating AIDS crisis.

At 8pm, Ensemble intercontemporain will perform Franck Bedrossian's Le Lieu et la Formule - inspired by Arthur Rimbaud, Thomas Simaku's intriguing new instrumental soliloquy Soliloquy VII, and two new works by Lisa Streich that evoke delicate yet disturbing poetic sound worlds.

Finally, Marco Blaauw's trumpet ensemble, The Monochrome Project, will showcase the true variability and adaptability of the trumpet, performing a UK Premiere of Justė Janulytė's Unanime and a World Premiere of Raven Chacon's Call for the Company in the Morning.

Check today's concerts out in our 2022 programme here: https://hcmf.co.uk/2022-programme/

A huge thank you to everyone in attendance at our British Council: hcmf// opening reception.hcmf// has had a long-standi...
18/11/2022

A huge thank you to everyone in attendance at our British Council: hcmf// opening reception.

hcmf// has had a long-standing partnership with the British Council and we’re delighted to welcome back an international delegation of programmers, artists and producers to the festival for the first time since 2019.

We are also celebrating an array of British Council-supported work across the festival, including the UK/Australia Season 2021 – 2022 and the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture.

The British Council has also partnered with The Oram Awards to support their first international awards. The awards ceremony will be hosted by hcmf// next week on Thursday 24 November as part of a whole day devoted to experimental electronic music.

A huge thank you to Professor Nic Clear, Dean for University of Huddersfield School of Arts and Humanities for his welcome address, as well as Joel Mills, Acting Director of Music at the British Council, and Kate Ewart Biggs, Deputy Chief Executive at the British Council.

UK/Australian Season 2021 – 2022: https://hcmf.co.uk/uk-australia-season-2021-22/

UK/Ukraine Season of Culture: https://hcmf.co.uk/the-future-reimagined-bringing-ukrainian-voices-to-hcmf-2022/

The Oram Awards: https://hcmf.co.uk/the-oram-awards-at-hcmf-2022/

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We're very excited to announce that Julia Holter and her band will be joined by the 36-strong Chorus of Opera North for the long awaited soundtrack for silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Premiering at HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on 23 Nov 22 (tickets announced soon) then heading to Barbican Centre on 25 Nov 22 (tickets 31 March, with general booking from 7 April)

Find out more >>> https://www.operanorth.co.uk/news/rescheduled-dates-for-julia-holters-passion-of-joan-of-arc/
🌟 Tomorrow we welcome the world-renowned Quatuor Diotima to the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall for an evening of some of the great string quartets in the repertoire, including by Janáček, Iannotta and Bartók 🎻

Not only does the Quartet perform and take commissions globally but they are also one of the Department of Music, University of York's prestigious Associate Ensembles ✨

Find out more >> http://ow.ly/Txgu50HVMwR

The Arc Project The Chimera Ensemble HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival A M O K - Experimental Performance Platform
Where to start other than, what in many respects, is believed to be the Origin, but at the same time the End. Whatever Remains reflects at some point my Origin (the spectral genesis of sense) and at the same time the Origin of new Borders and Old Specters. The Spirit comes by coming back. And it reflects this coming back, concealed as the new.
1991, Whatever remains is a music and atmospheric journey through compositions and transmissions that reflects the occupation and the resistance of Lithuania in the January 11th-13th events, where Lithuanians fought for a free future, and were confronted by soviet military and tanks. The events were transmitted worldwide, but what remains to be reflected is the years after, where a country would rise with its bloody past as a haunting ghost, that in some ways keeps coming back I new forms.
Released January 11, 2022, as a contribution to Kaunas 2022.
All songs by Andrius Kisbye Hofmann-Lagunavicius except Cosmonaut which is an interpretation of На заре (Na Zare) by Альянс (Alyans), 1987.
Where to start other than, what in many respects, is believed to be the Origin, but at the same time the End. Whatever Remains reflects at some point my Origin (the spectral genesis of sense) and at the same time the Origin of new Borders and Old Specters. The Spirit comes by coming back. And it reflects this coming back, concealed as the new.
1991, Whatever remains is a music and atmospheric journey through compositions and transmissions that reflects the occupation and the resistance of Lithuania in the January 11th-13th events, where Lithuanians fought for a free future, and were confronted by soviet military and tanks. The events were transmitted worldwide, but what remains to be reflected is the years after, where a country would rise with its bloody past as a haunting ghost, that in some ways keeps coming back I new forms.
Released January 11, 2022, as a contribution to Kaunas 2022.
All songs by Andrius Kisbye Hofmann-Lagunavicius except Cosmonaut which is an interpretation of На заре (Na Zare) by Альянс (Alyans), 1987.
To bid adieu to 2021 and hello 2022 TOMORROW we will release new videos on YouTube of Mauro Lanza & Andrea Valle's cycle for machines and ensemble — Systema naturæ — made with HCMF + November Music
Here's a clip from the final piece, Fossilia! 🤘🤘🤘
After the release of her latest single 'The Swan', Nwando Ebizie had a little chat with for his 'Future Classical' podcast on Resonance 104.4fm featuring contemporary composers speaking about their music and what inspires them.

Also, hear more about Nwando's recent HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival commission, and her new album, forthcoming on Accidental in 2022.
[ DANS NOS STUDIOS ]
"Dead trees give no shelter"
Du 6 au 10 décembre 2021

RESIDENCE ARTISTIQUE
Avec
Florentin Ginot, Soa Ratsifandrihana, Helge Sten

Parler de « Dead trees give no shelter » se ferait avant tout à l’aide de termes picturaux : surface, pigments, rugosités et aspérités, oxydation, fusion. Florentin Ginot invite le public dans un espace soumis à l’érosion où se mêlent les matières chorégraphiques, musicales, lumineuses et architecturales. Observer un tableau d’apparence statique, en ressentir l’imperceptible vibration.

En savoir + :
> https://gmem.org/residence/florentin-ginot-soa-ratsifandrihana-helge-sten/

Coproduction : GMEM
Partenariats : Cité musicale-Metz, centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie, CCN de Bourgogne Franche-Comté - Viadanse, Grame Cncm Lyon, Les Subsistances (Lyon), HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), Centre des Monuments Nationaux, SACEM
🎧 Saturday night listening sorted

We performed at the annual HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November, and you can listen to our performance on BBC Radio 3's New Music Show tonight at 10pm 👇
Congratulations on a successful festival HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

It was great to be part of it and see you back to a full concert programme!
A few photos from an epic performance by Zubin Kanga at HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival on Monday!
Preparing for Laurence Osborn's Essential Relaxing Classical Hits at HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival last Saturday. Thank you so much for having us HCMF, we had a blast!
Starting at 7pm: We're looking forward to a special concert at the HCMF - Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Enno Poppe's "Prozession" and Chaya Czernowin's "The Fabrication of Light". See you in a moment!
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