hcmf - Huddersfield contemporary music festival

hcmf// team
Graham McKenzie Artistic Director
Nikki Cassidy Executive Producer
Roisin Hughes Festival Manager
Sarah McWatt Learning & Participation Officer
Sheralyn Bonner Marketing Director & Regional PR Manager
Faith Wilson National PR Manager
Adam Long Technical Director
hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, over 10 days consisting of approximately 50 events, including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film, with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. 
hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation and to be an active cultural partner within the region.
Festival Facts:

  • 30 years of consistent success & world-wide recognition
  • 10 packed days in November presenting up to 7 events per day 
  • In 2007, the BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now devoted all of its December programming to the Festival (approx 90,000 radio audience)
  • Presents performances of live cutting edge music within a diversity of events and experiences
  • Commissions and programmes around 10 works each year
  • Has presented 381 world premieres and 813 UK premieres with more planned for the future
  • Provides an opportunity for second performances of works
  • Presents an opportunity for international performers to be heard in the UK
  • Is a platform for numerous debut artists
  • Has been an employer for lots of composers and performers in the early stages of their careers
  • Has involved over 5,745 individuals in 50 different projects since 1991 as part of its education programme
  • Generates substantial media & press coverage - regional, national and international
  • Hosted BBC2 Culture Show in 2004 (1.3 million TV audience, 5 million reach)
HCMF// 2015 - 20 to 29 November 2015  on Wed, 18/11/2015 - 09:55  PDF version
Opening on Friday 20 November, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015 is set to continue bringing the very best contemporary music to Huddersfield - and tickets for the full programme are now on sale! The 38th hcmf// promises a programme filled with cutting-edge music...
hcmf// 2014 | Friday 21st - Sunday 30th Nobember 2014  on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:27  PDF version
hcmf// 2014 | Friday 21st - Sunday 30th November 2014 Full festival programme launches - book your tickets now Tickets are now on sale for all events at this year's Festival, with online earlybird discounts still available for a limited time. The 37th hcmf// promises a...
call for hcmf// shorts 2014  on Mon, 26/05/2014 - 12:20  PDF version
Perform at the UK's leading festival of new music hcmf// shorts is a series of short informal performances which this year will take place all day on Monday 24 November 2014 in various venues across Huddersfield. hcmf// shorts provides emerging artists with a valuable platform to perform...
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - 15-24 November 2013  on Thu, 14/11/2013 - 18:15  PDF version
The full programme for this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has been revealed, with tickets for all events now on sale and online earlybird discounts still available for a limited time.   A whole day dedicated to John Zorn, premieres of works by Brian...
check out the hcmf// sampler  on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 15:39  PDF version
Here's something that we're really excited to be able to share with you. We teamed up with record label NMC to curate a special hcmf// sampler which you can buy from iTunes for the very reasonable sum of £2.49. Not only that, hcmf// Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie, has...