Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is a new music festival held in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, founded in 1978.[1] It has a repertoire of cutting-edge jazz, orchestral, choral and electroacoustic performances, along with film, dance and music theatre. Guest composers who have taken part in the festival include Karlheinz Stockhausen, Terry Riley, Brian Eno, John Cage, Steve Reich, Jonathan Harvey, and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

Venues used include the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield Town Hall, St Paul's Hall, St Thomas's Church and the Creative Arts Building of the University of Huddersfield. There is also a Festival Hub which offers refreshments, CDs and free live shows every morning of the festival.

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival archive is held at the University of Huddersfield Archives at Heritage Quay.[2]

The festival has a website which hosts the most recent programme of events (2016).


In 2005, the festival was held from 17 to 27 November and featured the latest works by Helmut Lachenmann.

In 2006 the festival took place from 17 to 26 November. On the event list was zeitkratzer, Kitchen Motors, Lumen 3, and Psappha.

The 2008 festival ran from 21 to 30 November. A highlight was the performance of several Frank Zappa pieces by the Ascolta ensemble with guests.

The 2009 festival ran from 20 to 29 November. Jonathan Harvey was composer in residence, and the festival also featured the Arditti Quartet, Nieuw Ensemble, Louis Andriessen and musikFabrik.

The 2010 festival ran from 19 to 28 November. The composer in residence was Rebecca Saunders.[3]

In 2011 Bent Sørensen became composer in residence.[4]

The composer in residence for 2012 was Maja Ratkje.[5]


  1. ^ George Pratt. "Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival". In L. Root, Deane. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press.  (subscription required)
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  3. ^ "Pulling Threads of Sound: Rebecca Saunders interviewed". Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Reflections on Bent Sørensen". Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Maja S K Ratkje is HCMF 2012 Composer in Residence". Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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