Sciarrino: Carnaval at St Paul’s Hall

Johnny James, Managing Editor
Luca Carrà

Sciarrino: Carnaval at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield 24 November 2018 Tickets from £19 — Book now

The final weekend of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will feature a special focus on the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, one of the leading European composers of our time. At St Paul’s Hall on Saturday 24 November, Explore Ensemble joins forces with the world renowned EXAUDI Ensemble to present the UK premiere of Sciarrino’s grand song cycle, Carnaval.

Sciarrino’s music inhabits an instantly recognisable soundworld – one that’s delicate and stark and yet often explosive, compositionally. He pushes instruments to the limits of their ranges and calls voices to occupy ambiguous territories somewhere between song and whispered speech. Carnaval is a work that contains Sciarrino’s idiosyncratic style. Written in 12 movements for five voices, piano and ensemble, it requires meticulous and attentive players in order to achieve the disquieting and dramatic atmosphere contained within the score.

Over recent years the Explore Ensemble and the EXAUDI Ensemble have proved themselves more than up to the job. World renowned vocal ensemble EXAUDI is comprised of wonderfully virtuosic players who specialise in radical and transgressive iterations of contemporary music. Complemented by the vision and energy of the young Explore Ensemble – returning to the festival for their third consecutive year – this is set to be a wonderful performance.

Sciarrino: Carnaval at St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield 24 November 2018 Tickets from £19 Book now

Where to go near Sciarrino: Carnaval at St Paul’s Hall

Phipps Hall
Music venue
Phipps Hall

Part of the University of Huddersfield’s Music Department, Phipps Hall is an intimate concert venue hosting a wide variety of musical events.

Huddersfield Art Gallery courtesy of Kirklees Council
Huddersfield Art Gallery

Based in the town centre and easily accessible, Huddersfield Art Gallery is home to an extensive and stunning collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

Shopping Centre
Byram Arcade

Boasting three floors of independent shops, designers, cafés and restaurants, Byram Arcade is a stunning Victorian shopping and business hub.


Hailed as the first independent, speciality coffee shop in the heart of Huddersfield, Coffeevolution is a hangout for locals of all ages.

AC Gallery

What was once, in the 1950s, a family ran art shop, has since evolved through the generations into a successful series of galleries across the north.

Crafty Praxis

Located on the ground floor of the architectural gem that is Huddersfield’s Byram Arcade, Crafty Praxis is an arts and crafts shop that celebrates the handmade and unique.

Music venue
Bates Mill Blending Shed

Bates Mill started life as a spinning mill founded around the turn of the century making woolen yarn. The Blending Shed is a 5,000 sq ft multi-purpose space.

What's on: Music

Open Deck at Band on the Wall

Bring your records for a spin at our Open Deck session this Saturday! If you’ve bought some new vinyl from a local record shop this week, just show your receipt at the bar to get yourself a free 9” pizza!

Dancers at South Asian event, Dialled In
Dialled In Manchester at NIAMOS

South Asian collective Dialled In bring a genre-spanning line-up of artists to Hulme’s iconic NIAMOS as part of a joyous all-dayer with underground music at its core.

from £22.00
the artist
Waxahatchee at New Century

Mercurial singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield AKA Waxahatchee performs at New Century in support of her new album, Tigers Blood.

from £29

Culture Guides