Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018

Johnny James, Music Editor

Now in its 41st year, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival returns with a future-leaning programme of dusk-till-dawn events. From Friday 16 November until Sunday 25 November, the West Yorkshire town will play host to approximately 50 events, held in theatres, halls, mills, brewery tap rooms and more.

In an excitingly bold move, Swiss-American visual artist and composer Christian Marclay has been named as Composer in Residence this year. You can find our top picks from his thrilling programme here. Alongside Marclay’s work, there will be a number of notable UK premieres. These include Hilda Paredes’ chamber opera Harriet, and Ensemble Musikfabrik’s performance of Yes by Rebecca Saunders.

One of the most singular figures in contemporary music, Salvatore Sciarrino will feature heavily in the final weekend of the festival. His composition Carnaval (which will also receive its UK premiere at the festival) will be performed by the power combo of EXAUDI + Explore Ensemble. And speaking of singular composers, Terry Riley’s Shri Camel will be negotiated by the always-excellent Temko, who have built new instruments in order to achieve the precise tunings and uncanny beauty of Riley’s original.

From a wide array of adventurously programmed events – including concerts, premieres, installations and unexpected creative collisions – we have made a selection of five sure-fire winners, which you can find below.

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Activity 1 December 2018–30 March 2019, from £12

The Runaway Brewery – Tour & Tasting

Education 9–30 March 2019, FREE

Playfield at Mayfield

Zig Zag Atelier Bebop at Common Bar, Manchester
Exhibitions 28 February–31 July 2019, FREE

Zig Zag Atelier Bebop at Common Bar