NMC is a Festival Partner of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

A warm welcome to the 35th hcmf// from festival director Graham McKenzie

hcmf// 2012 presents another international programme packed with ambitious music and unmatched creativity.

Highlights include the opening concert performed by Ireland's energetic Crash Ensemble, an extremely rare UK appearance by legendary composer Philip Corner and two concerts by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, including the UK premiere performance of Composer in Residence Maja S K Ratkje’s signature work Concerto for Voice and Orchestra.

We mark John Cage’s centennial with a rare outing for the heavyweight Freeman Etudes, performed by the great Irvine Arditti, whilst the internationally renowned Paul Hillier conducts the Coro Casa da Música in the only UK performance of the specially curated the SONG-CAGE!

Yorkshire’s strong choral tradition is celebrated in a special commission for saxophonist and composer John Surman and the award-winning Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and the 60th birthday year of German composer Wolfgang Rihm is marked at several concerts, including a performance by Ensemble musikFabrik and vocal group EXAUDI of his critically acclaimed work Vigilia.

Indeed, voice in its many forms is explored - from the extreme vocal experiments of Maja S K Ratkje to music theatre, miniature opera and composer Donnacha Dennehy’s astonishing interaction with the world of traditional Irish vocal music, sean-nós.

We also look forward to hosting leading international ensembles such as Ensemble ResonanzOslo Sinfoniettaensemble recherche and Cikada Ensemble.

There are great savings on offer when you buy tickets online at www.hcmf.co.uk (until 7 October 2012, or earlier if limits are reached before then). Booking opens on Friday 31 August and the Box Office can be contacted on 01484 430528.

We look forward to welcoming you to hcmf// 2012.


With best wishes





Graham McKenzie

Artistic Director


In the video below Graham reflects upon this year’s diverse programme, packed with events both celebrating leading figures and highlighting emerging talents in contemporary music.



Interview with Graham McKenzie Oct09