International-facing contemporary music from Huddersfield


HCR produces outward-facing compilations; internationally contextualised but centred on the UK. All albums feature British artists and/or composers within an international context – all current releases feature at least one UK-based composer/performer, alongside aesthetically sympathetic works by other composers from all over the world. The label therefore develops concept-driven releases, usually featuring a single artist and multiple composers. extended piano (HCR01CD) recorded by Sebastian Berweck, for example, explores trends in rethinking the piano-as-instrument in the post-digital age using re-appropriations of “low-fi” technology by contemporary artists (Berweck works with eBows, dictaphones and cassette recorders, for example). 


Founded in 2009, Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) is a label devoted to new music. Based at the University of Huddersfield, and established in partnership between CeReNeM (the Centre for Research in New Music), Huddersfield University Press, and hcmf//, HCR features both established and emerging artists at the cutting edge of music making, including diverse innovations in instrumental composition, electronics, and free improvisation. HCR releases have been recorded and produced both in-house at the university and with a broad selection of professional partners, including hcmf//, ZKM, and Radio Bremen, and have attracted exceptional press attention for a label of its size. HCR produces outward-facing compilations, internationally contextualised but centred on new music in the UK. The label develops concept-driven releases, typically featuring a single performing artist and multiple composers, often drawing on the resources of CeReNeM’s industry partnerships and its international research network.  


Since 2015, HCR has been exclusively distributed by NMC Recordings.


Browse the HCR catalogue.



Director:                 Aaron Cassidy (a.cassidy@hud.ac.uk)

Manager:               Sam Gillies (cerenem@hud.ac.uk)

                                For press enquiries, please contact Sam Gillies

Phone:                   +44(0)1487 4471280

Address:                Huddersfield Contemporary Records

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