Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Dates: 16 – 25 November 2007
Venue: various venues in and around Huddersfield town centre
Description: The UK’s foremost festival of contemporary music, which was
established in 1977 and has built an international reputation for
programming and commissioning cutting edge compositions and
performances by artists and composers from around the world.
HCMF 2006 was the first Festival to be programmed by Artistic Director Graham McKenzie,
who moved to Huddersfield in January last year from Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary
Arts. Having brought lots of new ideas to HCMF and with a mission to broaden both the
programme and the audiences, whilst remaining true to the central ethos of this world-
renowned Festival, Graham’s programme was always going to be closely observed – by the
press and the audience! His decisions to stage a wider range of events in a wider range of
venues, including Bates Mill, Tokyos and Livingstones paid off, with over 6,000 people
attending and an increase of 40% in overall revenue on the previous year.
Press reviews from the 2006 Festival included:
for 25 years the most significant annual event in the British new-music calendar
The Guardian, Tuesday 21, November, 2006
edge-of-the-seat stuff from start to finish
The Observer (Review), Sunday 26, November 2006
It’s November, and in the world of contemporary classical music November means
The Guardian (Review), Saturday 18, November 2006
For those of you passionate about contemporary music, there’s only one place to be in
November – and that’s Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Daily Examiner, Friday 17, November 2006
Programming is now well underway for HCMF 2007, which will be the Festival’s 30th birthday!
One of the key elements this year will be a strong Dutch focus, with some of the top European
new music ensembles, artists, and composers taking part – such as the Nieuw Ensemble, and
ISCM Ensemble in Residence for 2007 ‘Insomnio’. Dutch based Yannis Kyriakides will be this
year’s Composer in Residence, and there will also be a fantastic programme of Dutch jazz
But perhaps the highlight will be the amazing ‘Night of the Unexpected’ - Holland’s premiere
event in the avant garde music calendar, which is stepping out of the Netherlands for the first
time ever, and coming to Huddersfield in a unique partnership with Huddersfield
Contemporary Music Festival!
A major success story that has seen audiences flock to Amsterdam’s famous Paradiso Club
every September, ‘Night of the Unexpected’ is a ‘festival in a single evening’, with
extraordinary performances fusing new and contemporary music with club culture and
performance art. HCMF’s Graham McKenzie and Night of the Unexpected Curator Roland
Spekle have combined forces to put together a unique version of the event, which will bring
together some of the most exciting and radical performers from both the Netherlands and the
UK to perform in Huddersfield.
Graham believes ‘that the Dutch scene is one of the strongest in contemporary music, and
that what gives it its strength is a healthy openness to experiencing music of all kinds, and
encouraging artists to work across more than one genre. The Dutch are very committed to
removing barriers to new music’.
Further details on the programme will be provided over the coming months and will be
available from WWW.HCMF.CO.UK or call 01484 425082.
12 February 2007