hcmf// 2014 | Friday 21st - Sunday 30th Nobember 2014

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 programme filled with cutting-edge music from a host of leading international composers and performers, including Ostravská banda, Carlos Casas, Evan Parker, BIT20 Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, the Arditti Quartet, Agustí Fernandez and Peter Evans and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra amongst others.

View the full hcmf// 2014 programme here

Anniversaries and celebrations

Whilst anniversary or birthday tributes rarely feature prominently at hcmf//, this year we proudly honour several artists whose own histories have been entwined with the development of the Festival and who continue to have a major influence on contemporary and experimental music.

The renowned Arditti Quartet first appeared at the Festival in 1982, and we celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with a special concert featuring the world premiere of a new work written for the group by Marco Stroppa. This year's opening concert pays tribute to Christian Wolff in his 80th birthday year and features a first appearance at hcmf// for Ostravská banda under the direction of Petr Kotík - while Evan Parker, irrepressible in his 70th year, presents three new projects ranging from a concert-length work to three short pieces and a DJ set!

Our Composer in Residence is James Dillon. Unquestionably one of the UK's greatest composers, Dillon has remained a Festival favourite since winning the Young Composer's Award in 1978. His treatment of the Stabat Mater Dolorosa for the London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers will be a major highlight of our opening weekend, as will the world premiere of his orchestral work Physis I & II on Saturday 29 November.

New voices continue to be the lifeblood of hcmf//, and this year we have commissioned important new works from Larry Goves, Alexander Schubert and Pedro Álvarez, whilst the renowned hcmf// shorts programme presents an entire day of free music on Monday 24 November.

Tickets available online now

Tickets for all hcmf// events can be bought online here with discounts available on a first-come, first-served basis until Sunday 12 October 2014 (or earlier if limits are reached before then) - or you can contact the hcmf// box office by telephone on 01484 430528.

Click here to view the full brochure on ISSUU