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Festival Diary Date

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Event

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4pm 5pm 7pm 10pm

Huddersfield Art Gallery Bates Mill Courtyard St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill

Sat 19 James Dillon talk surfaces W 3 Dokumentary Koncert #1: Bent Sørensen UK Dokumentary Koncert #1: Post-concert talk 4 Oslo/Triptych UK 5 Trance Map 6 London Sinfonietta W 7 CONSTRUCTION W

11am 11am-11am 12 noon 1pm 3pm 5pm 7.30pm 10.30pm

Castle Hill Suite Creative Arts Building Phipps Hall Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre Town Hall

Sun 20 8 Cikada Ensemble: Laurence Crane @ 50 9 Quatuor Bozzini UK W 10 ensemble recherche UK W Beyond Scratch: Pre-concert talk 11 from Scratch UK 12 TablesAre Turned UK

12 noon 2pm 5pm 6.45pm 7.30pm 10.30pm

St Paul’s Hall St Peter’s Church St Paul’s Hall Old Court Room, Town Hall Town Hall Bates Mill

Mon 21 shorts UK W Free Monday Graffiti Composition Fish & Fowl UK Cikada Point 4 UK

11am – 7.50pm 8pm 9.30pm 10pm

Various venues Bates Mill Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall

Tue 22 Sound and Music talk 13 ELISION UK 14 Shadowplay UK Bernhard Lang: Pre-concert talk 15 Nieuw Ensemble UK W 16 Nerve Cell_o W

10am 12 noon 3pm 6.45pm 7.30pm 10pm

Huddersfield Art Gallery St Paul’s Hall Town Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall

Wed 23 17 Nieuw Ensemble W European Composers’ Panel 18 Ensemble 10/10 W 19 Icarus Ensemble W 20 NoTAM W

1pm 2.30pm 4pm 7pm 10pm

St Paul’s Hall CAM G/01, CAB Town Hall Bates Mill Phipps Hall

Thu 24 21 Arne Deforce UK 22 Opera for Solo Piano W 23 musikFabrik UK 24 Icarus Ensemble: Romitelli Growing in the Dark 25 ensemble]h[iatus + Jennifer Walshe

12 noon 3pm 6pm 8.30pm 10pm 10.30pm

St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Town Hall Bates Mill Creative Arts Building Atrium Phipps Hall

Fri 25 Iannis Xenakis talk 26 Mark Knoop UK W Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies talk 27 Anders Førisdal: Klaus Lang UK 28 Arditti Quartet + Ian Pace 29 Annie Gosfield: Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies

11am 1pm 3pm 4pm 7.30pm 10.30pm

CAM G/01, CAB St Paul’s Hall CAM G/01, CAB Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill

Sat 26 Simon Steen-Andersen talk 30 Quatuor Diotima UK W 31 FIGURA Ensemble + Signe Asmussen Milan Ensemble 32 Ensemble Linea: Fernyhough UK 33 On&Off UK

11am 12 noon 3pm 5pm 7.30pm 10.30pm

Castle Hill Suite St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre Phipps Hall Town Hall Bates Mill

10am – 1pm 2pm 4pm 7pm

Creative Arts Building Bates Mill Town Hall St Paul’s Hall

Fri 18 Iannis Xenakis: Spherical Worlds Bent Sørensen Installation 1 Trondheim Soloists + Frode Haltli UK 2 Evan Parker’s Electroacoustic Ensemble

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UK W

Sun 27 Family Morning: FIGURA Ensemble 34 Götterfunken UK 35 Xenakis Choral Masterpieces: Classical / Radical 36 Sørensen / Nono / Haas UK

World Premiere

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Venue Key

ENTRANCE

BM

Bates Mill

SPH

St Paul's Hall

CAB

Creative Arts Building

SPC

St Peter’s Church

(Phipps Hall & Atrium)

TH

Town Hall

HAG

Huddersfield Art Gallery

LBT

Lawrence Batley Theatre

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Funders

Project Funders

Trusts and Foundations

In partnership with

Sponsors

Accommodation Partner Festival Partners

also gratefully acknowledges support from Festival Members Dr Mick Peake Cover photograph Š Caroline Forbes

Media Partner

Broadcast Partner


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Welcome to the 34th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival! I have long admired the work of Danish composer Bent Sørensen and I am delighted that he is this year’s Composer in Residence. When Sørensen’s music has been heard in the UK it has tended to concentrate on the more ‘classical’ elements in his work. There is however a more experimental and conceptual side to Sørensen’s practice which has rarely been presented outside of the Nordic countries, and it is this that I have tried to encapsulate at .

Our international programme is made possible through the Music Information Centre Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Arts Council, the Danish Arts Foundation, the Danish Composer’s Society Production Pool/KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK, the Goethe Institute, the Performing Arts Fund NL, Diaphonique, and Réseau Varèse. My thanks of course go to all our partners, and full details can be found throughout the brochure.

My interest in Sørensen has led me to discover a rich depth to Denmark’s current generation of composers who form the centre of a vibrant music scene – many of whom are strongly influenced and inspired by Sørensen. This major survey of trends in Danish new music is one of the key elements 2011. in

It is the audience of course which each year provides that unique Huddersfield atmosphere, and once again my thanks go to all of you who are taking the time to read this brochure. I look forward to welcoming you to Huddersfield in November.

Partnerships are at the core of and I would like to thank the University of Huddersfield, the British Council, and BBC Radio 3.

Best Wishes Graham McKenzie Artistic Director

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Indeed, the programme explores the ‘Nordic sound’ with concerts from many of Norway’s greatest ensembles and soloists, plus exciting new compositional voices from Iceland.


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Talks Throughout the Festival we host a series of free talks and discussions with some of the world’s most distinguished artists.

Saturday 19 November 11am, Castle Hill Suite, University of Huddersfield

Tuesday 22 November 10am, Huddersfield Art Gallery

James Dillon

Sound and Music hosts a panel discussion about archival materials as resources for composers and musicians.

BBC Radio 3 presenter Robert Worby discusses James Dillon’s new piece Oslo/Triptych with the composer. Saturday 19 November 1pm, Phipps Hall Bent Sørensen

Sound and Music

Tuesday 22 November 6.45pm, St Paul’s Hall Bernhard Lang

Composer in Residence Bent Sørensen discusses his approach to composition and sound with Artistic Director Graham McKenzie.

Bernhard Lang explores his music and his new pieces for Alter Ego & Philip Jeck, and the Nieuw Ensemble, in conversation with BBC Radio 3 presenter Robert Worby.

Sunday 20 November 6.45pm, Old Court Room, Town Hall

Wednesday 23 November 2.30pm, CAM G/01, University of Huddersfield

Beyond Scratch

European Composers’ Panel

Christian Wolff, James Saunders, Jürg Frey, Michael Parsons and Tim Parkinson discuss the influence of the Scratch Orchestra on Europe and contemporary composers today with BBC Radio 3 presenter Robert Worby.

Artists, participants and mentors from the ground breaking European Composers’ Professional Development Programme involving the UK, Italy and The Netherlands discuss the challenges of trying to succeed as a composer in today’s new music scene.


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Friday 25 November 11am, CAM G/01, University of Huddersfield

CeReNeM Masterclasses University of Huddersfield, various dates

Iannis Xenakis

In this series, PhD students from the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield present their work in discussion with featured composers from this year’s Festival. Details to be announced online. http://mhm.hud.ac.uk/cerenem

Xenakis expert and long-time collaborator Sharon Kanach presents an overview of the life and work of Iannis Xenakis. Friday 25 November 3pm, CAM G/01, University of Huddersfield Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies Discover the noisy, melodic and atmospheric work of New Yorkbased pianist and composer Annie Gosfield, in conversation here with BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Saturday 26 November 11am, Castle Hill Suite, University of Huddersfield Simon Steen-Andersen One of the most successful Danish composers of his generation Simon SteenAndersen discusses his unique portrait concert On&Off with BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Please note – all information is correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change


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Learning & Participation

Discovering music is at the heart of ’s ethos and this year we have already been busy delivering some exciting projects as part of our Learning & Participation Programme. We’re also delighted that our work in this area can continue to develop thanks to a three-year award from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The start of the year saw us exploring the sonic properties of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with pupils from Overthorpe Junior, Infant and Early Years School! Funded by The Ernest Cook Trust and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb drew upon time-lapse photography of the plants’ growth at a nearby farm, along with audio recordings of the distinctive ‘pop’ made as new buds burst open. Pupils made recordings of rhubarb being ‘played’ in a variety of ways, before using Soundplant editing and performance software to create their own sound pieces. The project also

included other rhubarb-related activities such as tasting sessions and sharing rhubarb recipes. The project is documented on a mini website at www. rhubarbrhubarbrhubarb.co.uk; sound artist Duncan Chapman will also be showcasing work from the project on Thursday 24 November (p. 39) During the summer holidays we’ve been delivering an eclectic series of music workshops for children and young people with disabilities supported by Kirklees Council, as well as hosting a three-day course for young musicians exploring improvisation in jazz and classical Indian music traditions, promoted by the South Asian Music Youth Orchestra (SAMYO) and the National Youth Jazz Collective. You can hear the results of this exciting collaboration on Sunday 26 November (p. 47). During the Festival we are thrilled to present our second Family Morning (p. 50),


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delivered by Danish ensemble FIGURA; 12 world premieres from this year’s new European Composers’ Professional Development Programme (pp. 32 & 33), as well as an extensive series of free talks and masterclasses. Watch out as well for young people from local schools who will be working with Two Valleys Radio in a series to document of online broadcasts: www.twovalleysradio.co.uk As usual, we offer visiting schools and groups great ticket offers and information about curriculum links. is also an Arts Award Welcome organisation; for information on our offer go to: www.hcmf.co.uk/artsaward

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To discuss your visit further please contact Heidi Johnson on 01484 471116 or email h.johnson@hud.ac.uk


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Exhibitions & Installations Friday 18 November

Iannis Xenakis: Spherical Worlds Launch event

Huddersfield Art Gallery 4pm Launch Event Open daily throughout the Festival; Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm

To accompany the focus upon Iannis Xenakis’s music at 2011 comes an exhibition telling the story of a man whose talents were too many to be confined to one sphere. Sixteen displays highlight aspects of Xenakis’s life, from his turbulent youth in wartime Greece, to his achievements as an architect, composer, researcher, mathematician and thinker. At the same time, the exhibition reveals how his advances in areas such as spatialisation, stochastics and multimedia performance earned him the status of one of the 20th-century’s most vital artistic figures. Produced by supported by Réseau Varèse; exhibition designed by the Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine (Cdmc) in collaboration with Sharon Kanach, at the request of Les Amis de Xenakis. With the support of the Sacem and the Foundation Francis et Mica Salabert. Supplementary archive material provided by

Free Event


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Friday 18 November

Bent Sørensen

Installation: Huddersfield November 2011 Bates Mill Courtyard 5pm Launch Event Open daily throughout the Festival; 10am - 5pm plus just prior to concerts at Bates Mill

‘In recent years I have worked increasingly in collaboration with other art forms. Through this, all the hidden stories and pictures – which have always been in my music – have become clearer, and the visual and narrative dimension suddenly became an important counterpoint to my music. Over a long period when I was writing the full-length opera, Under the Sky, it was not possible to write any other music – so I started to challenge the concert form by making concerts of my own music, which I now increasingly see as Concert Installations rather than as concert programmes. The step from these Concert Installations to a fully-fledged sound installation is very short and natural. The most important thing for me when I create a sound installation is that I change the sound installation genre to become my music – not the other way round.’ Bent Sørensen Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

Free Event © Torben Meldgaard and Michael Madsen

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1 Trondheim Soloists + Frode Haltli ‘It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall – the title – was given to me by a Hungarian woman in August 2008. She put a note with the sentence in my hand after a festival and told me that my music reminded her of the sentence, written by a Hungarian poet. It is music full of slow motion – full of sorrow – full of tangos with no dancers. Maybe I imagined the tears of an accordion player flowing down slowly on the bellow of the instrument.’ Bent Sørensen Produced by supported by Music Information Centre Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

St Paul’s Hall 7pm Arne Nordheim Nachruf Aaron Jay Kernis Musica Celestis Bent Sørensen It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall UK Premiere

Nils Henrik Asheim Chase Trondheim Soloists Frode Haltli accordion

It is pain flowing down slowly on a white wall is commissioned by and dedicated to Frode Haltli

Tickets £19 (£17 concession; £15 online)

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2 Evan Parker’s Electroacoustic Ensemble Bates Mill 10pm Evan Parker Tesserae World Premiere

Evan Parker’s Electroacoustic Ensemble: Evan Parker soprano saxophone Barry Guy double bass Paul Lytton percussion / frame Agustí Fernández piano Philipp Wachsmann violin Ned Rothenberg saxophone Peter Evans trumpet John Russell guitar Peter van Bergen clarinets Aleks Kolkowski stroh viola / saw / phonograph Walter Prati processing Lawrence Casserley processing Joel Ryan processing FURT: Richard Barrett & Paul Obermayer electronics Ikue Mori electronics Marco Vecchi processing / main mix

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‘Although Tesserae is nominally my composition, the decisions about material content will be made by the performers; my work has been to think about how to best expose the brilliant improvising skills of the members of the Ensemble. Each of the musicians here has a developed, and often virtuosic, approach to their instrument.’ Evan Parker Produced by

supported by British Council

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)


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surfaces

surfaces is a collaboration between the performer Simon Limbrick and the composer James Saunders and is part of their ongoing work exploring the sonic properties of materials. This 24-hour performance is realised in a near-silent space, with sounds produced from actions on the surfaces of ecologically resourced materials, recycled at the end of the performance. A web-cam will permit access across global time-zones – please visit www.hcmf.co.uk for further details.

Creative Arts Building 11am – 11am Simon Limbrick & James Saunders surfaces World Premiere

Simon Limbrick recycled surfaces

Produced by supported by British Council; web design by Dave Morgan / crabcraft.com

Free Event

‘Pop-Up Art School’, a temporary and exciting way to engage and participate in art and design, will pop up at this event on Saturday 19 November from 12pm – 3pm in the Creative Arts Building. Inspired by the music at , creative art experiences will be offered alongside this performance, facilitated by PGCE Art and Design students from the School of Education, University of Huddersfield. All welcome – no experience necessary.


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3 Dokumentary Koncert #1: Bent Sørensen Phipps Hall 12 noon Bent Sørensen Dokumentary Koncert #1 UK Premiere

Ensemble SCENATET Anna Berit Asp Christensen curator Michael Madsen director Erik Molberg film photographer Eva Frost film producer

Ensemble SCENATET presents a portrait of Danish composer (and 2011 Composer in Residence) Bent Sørensen which includes a silent documentary film following the composer in his home. From making coffee to composing, SCENATET accompanies footage of Sørensen’s daily routine with live performances of some of his most important works so that the still-life reality of the composer turns into a magical meeting of pictures and sound, reality and abstraction. Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Aarhus Kommune/The City of Aarhus, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and Sonning Fonden

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

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4 Oslo/Triptych

Oslo-based supergroup Cikada perform the UK premiere and only planned UK performance of a brand new piece by James Dillon alongside a UK premiere by talented Norwegian composer, cellist and conductor Lene Grenager and Robin de Raaff’s septet, Ennea’s Domein.

St Paul’s Hall 3pm

The Oslo/Triptych (for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano and string quartet) is the second work in a set of three triptychs – the first of which, The Leuven Triptych, received its UK premiere at 2009. The titles refer on the one hand simply to the source of the commission and on the other to the etymological origin of the word ‘triptych’ whereby ‘tri’ and ‘ptychÄ“‘ mean ‘three’ and ‘folds’ in ancient Greek.

James Dillon Oslo/Triptych

‘[James Dillon is] unquestionably one of Britain’s leading composers.’ The Guardian Produced by and November Music; supported by British Council, Music Information Centre Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tickets £19 (£17 concession; £15 online)

Lene Grenager Nachts UK Premiere

Robin de Raaff Ennea’s Domein

UK Premiere

Cikada Ensemble


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Phipps Hall 5pm Evan Parker & Matthew Wright Trance Map Evan Parker soprano saxophone / sample collection Matthew Wright live sampling / turntables

Playing saxophone, turntable, laptop and surround sound electronics, Evan Parker and Matthew Wright present a real-time reworking of their recent CD which blurs the experience of playing, mixing and editing. ‘A shimmering mist of undulating and unbroken sonic textures [...] the result enthrals and soothes in equal measure.’ Mike Hobart, Financial Times Produced by

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Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

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6 London Sinfonietta

Festival favourites London Sinfonietta return to this year’s with a selection of treats in store. New works from radical Danish composer Jexper Holmen and the Greek composer, performer and former Gaudeamus prize winner Lefteris Papadimitriou are followed by the second performance of Larry Goves’ exceptional piano concerto, played by the vivacious Sarah Nicolls. Produced by supported by British Council, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and the Adam Mickiewiez Institute as part of the Polska Music programme

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Lawrence Batley Theatre 7.30pm Jexper Holmen Marula Lefteris Papadimitriou new work World Premiere

Agatha Zubel new work Cesary Duchnowski new work Larry Goves Things that are blue, things that are white and things that are black London Sinfonietta André de Ridder conductor Sarah Nicolls piano RNCM String Ensemble Sound Intermedia

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Town Hall 10.30pm Please note: this concert will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3, audience members must be seated by 10.15pm Richard Barrett CONSTRUCTION World Premiere

ELISION Eugene Ughetti conductor Deborah Kayser voice Ute Wasserman voice Carl Rosman voice

Commissioned by Liverpool Capital of Culture but never performed, don’t miss the opportunity to hear the world premiere of Richard Barrett’s epic two-hour work CONSTRUCTION in the unique setting of Huddersfield Town Hall. This momentous piece is based on the confrontation between ‘utopian’ cities, in their envisioned perfection, and real ones with histories of upheaval and destruction. Produced by in partnership with Sound and Music and ELISION with the friendly support of also supported by British Council CONSTRUCTION is a commission of the Liverpool City Council for the 2008 European Capital of Culture Programme. Research and creative development for CONSTRUCTION has been assisted through the SIAL Sound Studios of the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne with funds from the Australian Research Council

Tickets £19 (£17 concession; £15 online)

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8 Cikada Ensemble: Laurence Crane @ 50 British composer Laurence Crane is celebrating his 50th birthday year, and with a string of European ensembles lining up to perform his work, we thought we’d join in the celebrations. Innovative Norwegian ensemble Cikada complement three deceptively understated works by Crane with two UK premieres by Norwegian composer Eivind Buene. Produced by supported by British Council, Music Information Centre Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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St Paul’s Hall 12 noon Eivind Buene Possible Cities UK Premiere

Eivind Buene Landscape With Ruins UK Premiere

Laurence Crane Riis Laurence Crane Estonia Laurence Crane Four Miniatures Cikada Ensemble

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9 Quatuor Bozzini

St Peter’s Church 2pm James Weeks String Quartet (to Alberto Caeiro) World Premiere

Richard Glover Seventh Inversions UK Premiere

Rozalie Hirs Zenit UK Premiere

Quatuor Bozzini: Clemens Merkel violin Mira Benjamin violin Stéphanie Bozzini viola Isabelle Bozzini cello

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The Bozzini Quartet bring their uncompromising austerity and generous sensitivity to for the fourth time with a programme that explores the outermost bounds of the practice we once called minimalism. Two UK premieres and one world premiere explore uncharted regions of a warmly human, ineffable space of unknown possibilities. ‘The Bozzini Quartet puts a silent, calmly precise, thoughtful and highly intense argumentation against a noisy world.’ Nordwest-Zeitung (Germany) Produced by supported by British Council and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

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10 ensemble recherche

The internationally acclaimed ensemble recherche performs a stunning programme that includes a world premiere by rising British star Steven Daverson and the UK premiere of Hèctor Parra’s Early Life for solo oboe, string trio and piano: both are recent winners of the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. Birtwistle’s Oboe Quartet and works by featured composer Fausto Romitelli complete the programme. Produced by Goethe-Institut

supported by British Council and

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St Paul’s Hall 5pm Steven Daverson Escher’s Pharmacy World Premiere

Hèctor Parra Early Life UK Premiere

Harrison Birtwistle Oboe Quartet Fausto Romitelli Domeniche alla periferia dell’impero Prima domenica Seconda domenica Fausto Romitelli Nell’alto di giorni immobili ensemble recherche

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Town Hall 7.30pm Michael Parsons Paraphrase for Orchestra UK Premiere

James Saunders new work UK Premiere

Tim Parkinson Orchestra Piece UK Premiere

Jürg Frey new work UK Premiere

Christian Wolff new work UK Premiere

basel sinfonietta Manuel Nawri conductor

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The Swiss orchestra basel sinfonietta pays tribute to the legendary and radical Scratch Orchestra formed in London in 1969 by commissioning five new compositions, including one from the Orchestra’s cofounder Michael Parsons and one from its collaborator Christian Wolff. Three younger composers add their interpretations of the Scratch Orchestra’s meaning and legacy to the mix. Produced by supported by British Council, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and Ernst von Siemens music foundation

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12 TablesAre Turned

Austria’s Bernhard Lang can be counted among those artists who are genuinely able to transform an ensemble into a gigantic, vibrant turntable – as demonstrated by his series of works DW Differenz/Wiederholung (Difference/Repetition). Philip Jeck, meanwhile, is known for conducting phantom orchestras of old record players liberated from the junk shop. This project is part of a long-standing collaboration between the two which includes orchestral pieces and ensemble work. Produced by

supported by Réseau Varèse

TablesAre Turned is co-commissioned by , MaerzMusik, Wien Modern, November Music and Wundergrund

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)

Bates Mill 10.30pm Bernhard Lang TablesAre Turned co-commission) ( UK Premiere

Alter Ego Philip Jeck turntable / vinyl LPs


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Free Monday: shorts Syzygy CAB Atrium 11am Iannis Xenakis Xas

different gestural attitudes of the performer, although the piano serves only as a timbral reference in a larger multi-layered electronic web. The title refers to symbolic presentations of the alchemical element of fire.

Alex Buess ATA9

Electric Serpent was written for Sarah Nicolls

Naomi Sullivan soprano saxophone Dominic Childs alto saxophone Paul McEachran tenor saxophone Neil McGovan baritone saxophone

Mary Bellamy Portrait Concert

A virtuosic behemoth of the saxophone quartet repertoire, Xenakis’ Xas towers above with ominous sonic radiance, followed by Alex Beuss’ uncompromising ATA 9.

St Paul’s Hall 12.20pm

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Sarah Nicolls & Lefteris Papadimitriou Phipps Hall 11.40am Lefteris Papadimitriou Electric Serpent World Premiere

Part 1: Serpent in the edge of an abyss Part 2: Electric currents Sarah Nicolls piano Lefteris Papadimitriou electronics

Pre-recorded and synthesized sound layers are mixed with the sound of the live performer in order to create the illusion that the listener is transferred to a space where physically impossible forces become possible. The two parts of the piece explore Free Events

Mary Bellamy Abrasion World Premiere

Semblance World Premiere

New work – untitled World Premiere

Genevieve Lacey amplified contrabass recorder Séverine Ballon amplified cello Richard Craig amplified bass flute

Three internationally renowned virtuoso performers premiere new works specially composed for by British composer Mary Bellamy. Each work has been realised in collaboration with the performers focused on a search for new sound structures. The pieces explore sound quality itself as the impetus behind the music. Produced by supported by the University of Huddersfield Please note: this performance will be approximately 45 minutes in length


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shorts LeoÞsong CAB Atrium 1.40pm Stef Connor LeoÞsong World Premiere

Stef Conner’s trio draws on the prosody of an Anglo Saxon poem, The Ruin, which is rooted in the intrinsically musical, oral tradition of newly literate Britain. In Old English, one word suffices for what are now considered to be two distinct art forms - ‘leoÞsong’, meaning both poetry and song. LeoÞsong is commissioned by Mervyn Dawe, dedicated to Karen Dawe

edges ensemble Phipps Hall 2.20pm James Saunders imperfections on the surface are occasionally apparent Michael Parsons Independent Pulses Stefan Thut sieben, 1-4 World Premiere

Tim Parkinson new work World Premiere

Christian Wolff Grete (microexercises 23-36) Jurg Frey Un champ de tendresse parsemé d’adieux World Premiere

edges ensemble

Free Events

The edges ensemble presents a response to Sunday’s performance by the basel sinfonietta, revealing an alternative perspective upon the composers featured. An alternative orchestra, interdependent and inquisitive musicians, drawn equally to sonic detritus and so-called musical sounds. The edges ensemble is an inclusive collective committed to forging a musical identity through investigation, improvisation and listening, responding to the concerns of experimental composers, old and new. Produced by Please note: this performance will be approximately 50 minutes in length

Nobutaka Yoshizawa Phipps Hall 3.30pm Misato Mochizuki Intermezzi II Chikako Morishita new work World Premiere

Nobutaka Yoshizawa koto

Nobutaka Yoshizawa performs two solo koto works which investigate spatiality in relation to Japanese aesthetics of space and time, in particular, the concept of ‘ma’. Renowned Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki’s Intermezzi II consists of a number of fragmented sections, each investigating the instrument and the function of


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space, whilst Chikako Morishita explores players’ heightened sense of reality around the issue of crossing cultural boundaries.

piece Studio 2a is accompanied by two powerful explorations of sound by renowned composers Fausto Romitelli and Luciano Berio.

Mercury Quartet

Ensemble 10/10

CAB Atrium 4.10pm

St Paul’s Hall 5.30pm

Vlad Maistorovic violin Corentin Chassard cello Harry Cameron-Penny clarinet Antoine Francoise piano

Stephen Pratt new work

Mercury Quartet improvisation

The Mercury Quartet is a dynamic and progressive ensemble of four London-based musicians originally from Romania, France, Switzerland and England, whose interests lie in performing 20th-century music, commissioning and workshopping new works and live composition. Their debut live-composition album, Mercury Acoustic, has been released on Nonclassical.

Chris Orton Phipps Hall 4.50pm Fausto Romitelli Seascape Emanuelle Casalle Studio 2a Luciano Berio Gesti Chris Orton recorder

Chris Orton presents ‘the new recorder sound’ as represented by three vital figures within Italian 20th and 21st-century music. Only one, Emanuele Casale, is still with us; his Free Events

Larry Goves I Wear You On My Sleeve Hans Abrahamsen Two songs without words: Herbstlied Liebslied Gary Carpenter One Million Tiny Operas About Britain Ensemble 10/10 Clark Rundell conductor Rebecca Lea soprano Louise Ashcroft mezzo soprano

Ensemble 10/10’s programme pitches the wide ranging talent of local composers against the established names of Europe. Danish maverick Hans Abrahamsen’s music takes on epic qualities despite its brevity; Stephen Pratt and Larry Goves supply vividly contrasting textures and effortless forms and the group brings Gary Carpenter’s outstanding music theatre piece based on Guardian columnist Craig Taylor’s cult miniatures of British life to Huddersfield. Produced by Please note: this performance will be approximately 60 minutes in length


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shorts Sarah Jeffery Bates Mill Photographic Studio 7.30pm Sarah Jeffery In the Workshop fused with Ned McGowan Workshop Sarah Jeffery recorder

Kagel’s rarely performed slideshow extravaganza Prima Vista and young turntablist-composer Mariam Rezaei’s Brix, a score consisting entirely of illuminated boxes and ephemera. Produced by Please note: this performance will be approximately 60 minutes in length

Workshop is a conglomeration of industrial noises, chopped and looped into manic timbral contrasts and rhythmic interplays. Its jarring percussive aspects are mirrored in the unique juxtaposition with traditional English clog dance, developed here as a contemporary improvisational tool, to produce a unified theatrical work.

Fish & Fowl

Please note: there is no disabled access to the Photographic Studio

In Fish & Fowl, SCENATET made studio recordings of a number of chamber works by Niels Rønsholdt and Juliana Hodkinson, which were then transformed into one ‘super remix’ woven together from thousands of edits. After corresponding with the musicians, Ursula Andkjær Olsen wrote a series of letters from Fowl to Fish and fashion photographer Anka Bardeleben created a visual story which has inspired the live audiovisual format.

Graffiti Composition Bates Mill 8pm Mauricio Kagel Prima Vista Mariam Rezaei Brix Christian Marclay Graffiti Composition Apartment House

Apartment House light up your life and those dark November nights with three eclectic compositions: Christian Marclay’s Graffiti Composition, made by the anonymous citizens of 90s Berlin,

Free Events

Phipps Hall 9.30pm Juliana Hodkinson & Niels Rønsholdt Fish & Fowl UK Premiere

Ensemble SCENATET

Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK


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Cikada Point 4 St Paul’s Hall 10pm Improvisations on Bent Sørensen’s Funeral Processions UK Premiere

Cikada Point 4: Kenneth Karlsson piano / indian harmonium Bjørn Rabben percussion Jon Balke piano / syntheziser Ingar Zach percussion

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This collaboration is an improvisation based on fragments and ideas from Sørensen’s Funeral Processions. Two virtuoso duos, Balke / Zach from jazz and improvised music, and Rabben / Karlsson from contemporary classical music, unite to produce a rich and explosive soundscape as the music, spun from small cells, grows into larger forms of energetic, organic sound. Produced by supported by Music Information Centre Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

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13 ELISION

ELISION is a collection of new music specialists from all over the globe. In partnership with , TRANSIT Festival van Vlaanderen and Dark Days Music Festival Iceland, they premiere work from some of the hottest composers working in the northern hemisphere. Prepare yourself for the radical approach of Paul Craenen; the unique and original material of Iceland’s Einar Torfi Einarsson and David Brynjar Franzson; and the subtle, atmospheric music of Timothy McCormack. Produced by Dark Music Days

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

Einar Torfi Einarsson Non-vanishing vacuum state co-commission) ( UK Premiere

Paul Craenen new work co-commission) ( UK Premiere

Timothy McCormack Glass Stratum UK Premiere

in partnership with Transit Festival and

Non-vanishing vacuum state, on Types and Topographies and Paul Craenen’s new work are commissioned by TRANSIT and Dark Music Days

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Timothy McCormack Mirror Stratum UK Premiere

David Brynjar Franzson on Types and Topographies co-commission) ( UK Premiere

ELISION: Paula Rae flutes Richard Haynes clarinets Tristram Williams trumpets Séverine Ballon violoncello Daryl Buckley electric guitar

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14 Shadowplay

Town Halll 3pm Bent Sørensen Shadowplay UK Premiere

Cikada Ensemble Ensemble SCENATET Trio Aristos

‘In a period of five years I wrote three trios all in five movements – Phantasmagoria for piano trio (Ensemble SCENATET), Schattenlinie for clarinet, viola and piano (Cikada Ensemble) and Gondole for string trio (Trio Aristos). At the same time I always felt they were part of the same piece. A tapestry of trios where the 15 movements together are part of the same story, mirroring each other in the different trios. A Shadowplay.’ Bent Sørensen Produced by supported by Music Information Centre Norway, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

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15 Nieuw Ensemble

The Nieuw Ensemble returns to with a programme of work by today’s most creative composers. Matthew Shlomowitz’s exemplary The Music of Theatre Making sets the ensemble against a pre-recorded backdrop of sounds from every day life (ranging from telephone sex to rollercoasters to football), while Mayke Nas explores what could happen when music plunges into water, and much-talked about Austrian composer Bernhard Lang’s new work receives its world premiere. Produced by Monadology XIVb: Puccini-Variation #2: ‘Im weiten Weltall fühlt sich der Yankee heimisch’ is commissioned by and Nieuw Ensemble

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm Matthew Shlomowitz Popular Contexts, Volume 3: The Music of Theatre Making World Premiere

Bernhard Lang Monadology XIVb: Puccini-Variation #2: ‘Im weiten Weltall fühlt sich der Yankee heimisch’ co-commission) ( World Premiere

Mayke Nas Plons (Splash) Nieuw Ensemble Bas Wiegers conductor

© Ben Forster


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16 Nerve Cell_o

Phipps Hall 10pm Zbigniew Karkowski Nerve Cell_o World Premiere

Anton Lukoszevieze cello

Developed during a residency at EMS Stockholm, Nerve Cell_o is a monumental duo for cello and a complex central ‘nervous system’ (FitzHughNagumo) of interactive live electronics. Produced by Sound and Music

in partnership with and supported by

Nerve Cell_o is commissioned by Sound and Music and EMS, Stockholm

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European Composers’ Spotlight presents twelve innovative voices from around Europe as part of the European Composers’ Professional Development Programme. Over the past year, young composers studying in The Netherlands, Italy and the UK have participated in intensive workshops with some of Europe’s finest new music ensembles; Nieuw Ensemble (NL), Ensemble 10/10 (UK) and Icarus Ensemble (IT), trying out new ideas and receiving advice and guidance from musicians and mentors.

17 Nieuw Ensemble Produced by and Nieuw Ensemble; supported by the European Commission Culture Programme and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, in partnership with the University of York Music Press

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St Paul’s Hall 1pm Giuseppe Califano new work World Premiere

Bernardo Sannino new work World Premiere

Matthew Sergeant new work World Premiere

Emily Wright new work

World Premiere

Nieuw Ensemble Bas Wiegers conductor

© Finola Merivale

European Composers’ Panel 2.30pm, CAM G/01, University of Huddersfield Artists, participants and mentors from the ground breaking European Composers’ Professional Development Programme involving the UK, Italy and The Netherlands discuss the challenges of trying to succeed as a composer in today’s new music scene.


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18 Ensemble 10/10 Town Hall 4pm Hui Tak-Cheung new work

World Premiere

Produced by and Ensemble 10/10; supported by the European Commission Culture Programme and the Musicians Benevolent Fund

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Alessio Ferrante new work

World Premiere

Gaetano Nenna new work

World Premiere

Yu Oda new work

World Premiere

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19 Icarus Ensemble Bates Mill 7pm Trevor Grahl new work

World Premiere

Emre Sihan Kaleli new work World Premiere

Marcello Messina new work World Premiere

Finola Merivale new work

World Premiere

Icarus Ensemble

Produced by and Icarus Ensemble in collaboration with Fondazione Prometeo and Casa della Musica di Parma; supported by the European Commission Culture Programme and the Musicians Benevolent Fund, in partnership with the University of York Music Press

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20 NoTAM

This concert of electroacoustic music marks the beginning of an exciting new collaboration between the Centre for Research in New Music at the University of Huddersfield and the NoTAM Studios in Oslo. Rose Dodd has worked closely with Hardanger fiddle player Britt Pernille Frøholm in the NoTAM studios and Anders Vinjar undertook a residency in the SPIRAL (Spatialisation and Interactive Research Laboratory) at the University of Huddersfield.

Phipps Hall 10pm

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Anders Vinjar new work

Spectral Lands is commissioned by

Tickets £4

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Cecilie Ore Etapper Denis Smalley Spectral Lands co-commission) ( World Premiere

Rose Dodd mobius ii World Premiere

World Premiere

Britt Pernille Frøholm hardanger fiddle Monty Adkins, Rose Dodd & Denis Smalley diffusion Cato Lagnes sound design

© Andreas Ulvo


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21 Arne Deforce

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon Iannis Xenakis NOMOS ALPHA Ruben Sverre Gjertsen new work UK Premiere

James Dillon EOS Iannis Xenakis KOTTOS Arne Deforce cello

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Arne Deforce performs two of Xenakis’ classic works for solo cello – Nomos Alpha and Kottos – alongside James Dillon’s EOS (the title of which refers to the Greek goddess of dawn) and the UK premiere of a brand new work by the recipient of the 2010 Arne Nordheim prize, Norwegian composer Ruben Sverre Gjertsen. Produced by

supported by Réseau Varèse

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22 Opera for Solo Piano

Trond Reinholdtsen continues his ongoing project The Norwegian Opra with a new work for Mark Knoop. Acknowledging the precedents of Marlowe, Goethe and Thomas Mann, Faust describes a ModernistFaustian apocalypse leading to a decadent (but necessary) theatricalisation of the contemporary piano sonata. Only theory can help us now. Produced by supported by Music Information Centre Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

Phipps Hall 3pm Trond Reinholdtsen Faust, or The Decline of Western Music World Premiere

Mark Knoop piano


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23 musikFabrik

Town Hall 6pm Jonathan Harvey Climbing Frame Rebecca Saunders Dialogue Harrison Birtwistle Cortege, a ceremony for fourteen musicians in memory of Michael Vyner Rebecca Saunders new work UK Premiere

musikFabrik

© Paul Greenwood

This concert performed by musikFabrik combines three British composers, all leading figures of contemporary music. Without fixed instrumentation or duration, Jonathan Harvey’s Climbing Frame – commissioned by CoMA and first performed at in 2004 – leaves great freedom to musicians as well as conductor. Harrison Birtwistle’s Cortege reveals a ritualistic ceremony uncovering the semi-dramatic aspects of making music, and two new pieces by Rebecca Saunders demonstrate her imaginative and poetic use of space and colour in music. Produced by

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24 Icarus Ensemble: Romitelli The internationally acclaimed Icarus Ensemble returns to Huddersfield with a full programme of work by the late Fausto Romitelli. Written for Tom Pauwels, Trash TV Trance is a masterpiece for solo guitar, while Professor Bad Trip recreates a hallucinatory atmosphere inspired by Henri Michaux’s writings under the influence of psychedelic drugs.

Bates Mill 8.30pm Fausto Romitelli Trash TV Trance Fausto Romitelli Professor Bad Trip Icarus Ensemble

‘[Fausto Romitelli was] one of the most promising of the young generation of Italian composers.’ Ircam Produced by

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© Paoli Ielli


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Growing in the Dark

Creative Arts Building Atrium 10pm Duncan Chapman Growing in the Dark Duncan Chapman electronics

Growing in the Dark (Duncan Chapman) uses a series of recordings of rhubarb collected as part of the Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubarb project with Overthorpe Junior school (www.rhubarbrhubarbrhubarb.co.uk). One of the characteristics of the way in which the Rhubarb is forced in this part of Yorkshire is the distinct ‘popping’ sound it makes as the growing buds expand. This piece is entirely composed of these sounds, which have been manipulated to reveal a hidden world of organic sounds stemming from this characteristically local source. Produced by supported by the Ernest Cook Trust and the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation

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25 ensemble]h[iatus + Jennifer Walshe A journey through both written and improvised music from Irish composerperformer Jennifer Walshe and international group ensemble]h[iatus, whose nine members work across a range of contemporary art practices including composition, sound art, installations, performance art and collaborations with theatre, dance and multimedia. ‘The improviser has to master the art of listening – he or she must be able to adapt to and comprehend the compositions, which in turn allow them as performers to gain an organic understanding of the music and its innate movement.’ ensemble]h[iatus Produced by Goethe-Institut

and November music; supported by

Jennifer Walshe’s new work is commissioned by November Music

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Phipps Hall 10.30pm Jennifer Walshe HYGIENE Jennifer Walshe & ensemble]h[iatus Improvisation Jennifer Walshe Thelma Mansfield Jennifer Walshe new work co-commission) ( UK Premiere

Jennifer Walshe & ensemble]h[iatus Improvisation ensemble]h[iatus Jennifer Walshe voice

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)

© Tara Darby


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26 Mark Knoop

St Paul’s Hall 1pm Iannis Xenakis Herma Johannes Kreidler Klavierstück 5 Iannis Xenakis Mists Stefan Prins Piano Hero #1 UK Premiere

Piano Hero #2 commission) ( World Premiere

Peter Ablinger 6 Linien UK Premiere

Iannis Xenakis à r. (hommage à Maurice Ravel) Mark Knoop piano

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Xenakis produced four mature works for solo piano, three of which feature in this recital: the ‘symbolic’ music of Herma, through the expansive, chaotic Mists, to his brief tribute to Ravel. Prins’ new work for piano, MIDIkeyboard and video projection forces a rethink of reality, while Kreidler fills the hall with multiple transformed instruments and Ablinger’s transparent lines define their own listening space. Produced by

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27 Anders Førisdal: Klaus Lang Norwegian guitarist Anders Førisdal performs Austrian composer Klaus Lang’s monumental work for 10-string guitar, drones and delay. der blauäugige fremde is an extended study in resonance, memory and microtonality.

Phipps Hall 4pm

Produced by supported by Music Information Centre Norway and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Anders Førisdal 10-string guitar

Klaus Lang der blauäugige fremde UK Premiere

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

© Mona Ødegaard


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28 Arditti Quartet + Ian Pace

St Paul’s Hall 7.30pm

Guaranteed to be one of the highlights of 2011, the incomparable Arditti Quartet performs a full programme of work by Iannis Iannis Xenakis: Xenakis as part of the Festival’s focus on the Tetora for quartet Evryali for piano legendary composer and architect. The ST 4 for quartet presence of the phenomenally virtuosic Akea for piano quintet pianist Ian Pace makes this a truly unmissable Dikhthas for violin and piano meeting of musicians and masterpieces. Ikhoor for trio Tetras for quartet

Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti violin Ashot Sarkissjan violin Ralf Ehlers viola Lucas Fels cello Ian Pace piano

© Astrid Karger

Produced by

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29 Annie Gosfield: Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies Teaming up with the Athelas Sinfonietta, Denmark’s leading new music ensemble, Annie Gosfield’s new work is inspired by secret communications between the European Resistance and British Intelligence during the Second World War. Electronic sounds inspired by radio static, shortwave oscillations and popular music of the time alternate with purely acoustic music. Karsten Fundal’s new suite to the film Flame and Citro and Gosfield’s own trio performing EWA7 complete the programme.

Bates Mill 10.30pm Annie Gosfield Floating Messages and Fading Frequencies Karsten Fundal Flame and Citro Annie Gosfield EWA7 Athelas Sinfonietta Annie Gosfield Trio

Produced by Third Ear Music in association with supported by Arts Council England through the National Lottery, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, DaNYArts, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and Dartington

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)

© Josh Gosfield


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30 Quatuor Diotima

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon Oscar Bianchi Adesso ( co-commission) World Premiere

Thomas Simaku String Quartet No 4 World Premiere

James Dillon String Quartet No 6 UK Premiere

Quatuor Diotima: Yun-Peng Zhao violin Vanessa Szigeti violin Franck Chevalier viola Pierre Morlet cello

© Franck Juery

Demonstrating their ongoing enthusiasm for performing new commissions, Quatuor Diotima present a trio of fresh pieces. Dillon’s association with stretches right back to the first Festival in 1978, whilst Diotima brought Thomas Simaku’s Radius – String Quartet No 2 to two years ago. Oscar Bianchi, meanwhile, is a former Gaudeamus prize winner whose densely textured music is rich with dramatic tension. Produced by Adesso is commissioned by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Deutschlandradio Kultur and Archipel Festival des Musiques d’aujourd’hui, Geneva

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31 FIGURA Ensemble + Signe Asmussen FIGURA Ensemble presents a palette of young Danish composers as well as the IcelandicGerman composer Steingrimur Rohloff, who is Composer in Residence with FIGURA in 2010 – 2011. New pieces for ensemble and mezzo soprano, an expressive solo for double bass and electronics and a song cycle from Peter Bruun’s award winning work Miki Alone form this exciting programme. Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

Lawrence Batley Theatre 3pm Peter Bruun Miki Alone – a song cycle UK Premiere

Steingrimur Rohloff Hit upon UK Premiere

Steingrimur Rohloff new work UK Premiere

Nicolai Worsaae new work World Premiere

Anders Brødsgaard new work UK Premiere

FIGURA Ensemble Signe Asmussen mezzo soprano

© Ernesto Manuitt


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Milan Ensemble

Phipps Hall 5pm

The National Youth Jazz Collective and South Asian Music Youth Orchestra premiere their unique and exciting collaborative project Milan – 2011 featuring a bespoke, hand-picked ensemble of 20 of the country’s most gifted and talented young Indian and jazz musicians co-led by NYJC and SAMYOs artistic directors Issie Barratt and Gaurav Mazumdar with supporting artists Mark Donlon, Mick Foster and Supriya Nagarajan. Thanks to funding from Youth Music, the Milan Ensemble has been immersed in a summer series of creative workshops, rehearsals and development days – excitedly exploring composition and improvisation within the jazz and Indian traditions while collectively searching out new possibilities and generating a collaborative new sound they can now call their own. Produced by in partnership with NYJC, SAMYO and Manasamitra; supported by Youth Music

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32 Ensemble Linea: Ferneyhough Ensemble Linea makes its debut UK performance at this year’s Festival with the eagerly anticipated and long overdue UK premiere of Ferneyhough’s Chronos Aion. The ensemble, founded in 1998 in Strasbourg, France, also presents works by the French composer Fabien Lévy and the Italian composer Francesco Filidei. Produced by supported by Diaphonique, Ministère de la Culture et Communication, Institut Français, SPEDIDAM, SACEM and Ville de Strasbourg

Tickets £19 (£17 concession; £15 online)

Town Hall 7.30pm Fabien Levy Qwerwüchsig – first performance of revised version UK Premiere

Francesco Filidei Finito ogni gesto UK Premiere

Brian Ferneyhough Chronos Aion UK Premiere

Ensemble Linea

© Regine Koerner


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33 On&Off

Bates Mill 10.30pm

Still only in his mid-30s, Simon SteenAndersen is one of the most successful Danish composers of his generation, with Simon Steen-Andersen: Next To Beside Besides #0+4 numerous portrait concert and commissions Run Time Error v. 1 from around the world. In this performance, rerendered Norwegian ensemble asamisimasa presents a Study for String Instrument #2 fast-paced game full of wit, imagination and Self-reflecting Next To Beside originality, combining brilliance with wellBesides #5+8 crafted ideas and an awareness of the visual Study for String Instrument #3 element of music. Run Time Error v. 2 On And Off And To And Fro ‘[I am] trying to approach the human being Half a Bit of Nothing behind the instrument, because then music Integrated can suddenly be about everything that is Self-reflecting Next To Beside most important: communication, being, Besides #10 fragility and intimacy.’ Run Time Error v. 3 Simon Steen-Andersen All UK Premieres asamisimasa Simon Steen-Andersen joysticks / video camera / whammy pedal

© Kai Bienert

Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes and SNYK

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Family Morning: FIGURA Ensemble Creative Arts Building 10am – 1pm

Draw, compose and perform your own music! is delighted to host its second Family Morning, which this year is presented by Danish ensemble FIGURA. This workshop is about sounds, music and how to create music together with professional musicians and composers. Create your own piece of music by using your imagination and playing with rhythms and symbols, helped along by Danish composers Peter Bruun and Jesper Egelund and the musicians from the FIGURA Ensemble. The morning will end with a public performance of the music created in the workshop. Bring an item of your own choice that can create sounds: a plastic or paper bag, a pot lid, a rattle or the instrument that you play! No experience necessary. For children aged 9-12 years and their grown-ups Tickets £4 (adults and children) All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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34 Götterfunken

Bates Mill 2pm Wilbert Bulsink Götterfunken UK Premiere

Rosa Ensemble

Following its world premiere at Gaudeamus Music Week 2011, Utrecht’s Rosa Ensemble present Wilbert Bulsink’s brand new work about his bicycle trip through Europe. A musical multimedia performance centred on the theme of European spirit, Götterfunken is a piece about national identity, hatred of foreigners and international unity, with music and live animation. Produced by in association with Gaudeamus Muziekweek; supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL

Tickets £10 (£8 concession; £6 online)

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35 Xenakis Choral Masterpieces: Classical / Radical New London Chamber Choir and New Music Players present a concert exploring Xenakis’ deep engagement with the ancient culture of his homeland, refined through the experience of revolution and exile. Starkly direct in expression, the works range from the stately, monumental A Colone to the searingly archaic sounds of the sea and rocks in Medea-Senecae.

Town Hall 4pm

Produced by

New Music Players

supported by Réseau Varèse

Tickets £15 (£13 concession; £10 online)

Iannis Xenakis: Serment A Helene A Colone Medea-Senecae New London Chamber Choir Clement Power director


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36 Sørensen / Nono / Haas St Paul’s Hall 7pm Bent Sørensen and Anna Berit Asp Christensen Saudades Inocentes co-commission) ( UK Premiere

Georg Friedrich Haas Schweigen (Movement I and II) UK Premiere

Luigi Nono ¿Dónde Estás Hermano? Luigi Nono La fabbrica illuminata Gert Henning-Jensen tenor Oscar Henning-Jensen boy soprano Guido Paevatalu baritone Frederik Munk Larsen guitar Andreas Borregaard accordion Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

The title Saudades Inocentes is probably best translated to mean ‘Innocent Yearnings’, but the Portuguese word ‘Saudade’ indicates something far stronger than a ‘common’ longing after something or someone. It is often a desperate longing after that which cannot be reached, either because it is not to be found or because it has been lost forever. The work is written for three male voices – boy, young man and older man. From a landscape of loudspeakers, a feminine universe of women’s voices and steps flows as a mist beneath and around these three. Through the work’s six movements all the voices – the boy, the little girl, women and men – sing against and with one another. Music by Georg Friedrich Haas and Luigi Nono forms a haunting complement to Saudades Inocentes. Luigi Nono’s ¿Dónde Estás Hermano? (Brother Where Art Thou?) for two soprani, mezzo-soprano, and contralto was written in 1982 in honour of the disappeared in Argentina and the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo movement. La fabbrica illuminata (The Illuminated Factory), for voice and magnetic tape, is a commentary on social injustice and contains fragmented political chants accompanied by steel-on-steel sounds of machinery. Two movements from Georg Friedrich Haas’ Schweigen complete the programme – the first of which, a response to current world issues, is about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Produced by supported by The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Arts Foundation, Danish Composers Society’s Production Pool / KODA’s Fund for Social and Cultural Purposes, SNYK and Goethe Institut Saudades Inocentes is commissioned and produced by and SPOR festival

© Torben Meldgaard and Michael Madsen

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NEW RELEASES Harrison Birtwistle: Night’s Black Bird Owen Slade · Hallé / Wigglesworth ‘Wigglesworth’s performances with the Hallé are quite superb’ Guardian

NMC D156

Ed Bennett: My Broken Machines Garth Knox · Decibel · Paul Roe · Fidelio Trio · ConTempo Qt Intriguing and compelling ... Bennett is a man with his own mind’ Musical Pointers NMC D169 David Lumsdaine: Big Meeting ‘Big Meeting is remarkable ... I can’t think of an electronic work that gives a more vivid sense of movement within a particular geography’ Alex Ross (The Rest Is Noise) NMC D171 Thea Musgrave: An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge London Sinfonietta / Musgrave ‘The atmospheric music on this disc deserves your attention’ IRR

NMC D167

Robert Saxton: The Wandering Jew Roderick Williams · BBC Symphony Orchestra / de Ridder ‘This project blew me away ... from the cinematic spectacular to rapt spirituality’ The Times NMC D170 Prism: New Works for Clarinet Mark Simpson · Ian Buckle Works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Emily Howard, Gary Carpenter, Kenneth Hesketh, Gavin Higgins, Patrick Nunn

www.nmcrec.co.uk NMC RECORDINGS LTD Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA nmc@nmcrec.co.uk Twitter: @nmcrecordings

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay 2011-12 Concert Season Featuring works by Qigang Chen, John Metcalf, Mark Bowden, Steve Reich, Robin de Raaff, Willem Jeths, Klas Tortensson, André Jolivet

0800 052 1812

bbc.co.uk/now

NMC D139


soundandmusic.org

Sound and Music at hcmf// © Luis Neuenhofer

Sat 19 Nov / Richard Barrett: Construction Sound and Music is co-producing the longanticipated first performance by ELISION of Construction, an epic, two-hour work by one of the UK’s most significant composers.

© Alex Delfanne

Tue 22 Nov / Anton Lukoszevieze - cello

Sound and Music has worked with EMS studios in Stockholm to facilitate Anton Lukoszevieze’s collaboration with composer Zbigniew Karkowski on the creation of a concert-length work for cello and electronics, which will be showcased at hcmf//.

And SAM will be presenting a panel discussion on archival materials as resources for composers and musicians on 22 Nov, 10am at Huddersfield Art Gallery.

Music Theatre Wales Autumn Tour 2011

Greek

The opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage based on the play by Steven Berkoff

“A first rate production” The Telegraph Huddersfield Wed 26 Oct — 7.30pm / thelbt.org Also touring to: Edinburgh, Oxford Basingstoke, Mold Aberystwyth and Newport

Full tour details: musictheatrewales.org.uk


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“MYSAGEIS...

ten years of world leading music from an orchestra with the most exciting sound – Northern Sinfonia.”

Thomas Zehetmair Music Director, Northern Sinfonia

INTRODUCING OUR

CLASSICAL SEASON 2011/12

Celebrating Thomas Zehetmair’s tenth season as Music Director of Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead For more information about our Classical Season or to book your concert tickets call 0191 443 4661 or visit www.thesagegateshead.org Classical Concerts at The Sage Gateshead. Bringing people & music together.


EXQUISITE LABYRINTH: THE MUSIC OF PIERRE BOULEZ

Boulez & Ensemble intercontemporain Boulez conductor Barbara Hannigan soprano Musicians from the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble

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2 October, Royal Festival Hall Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble

Domaines for clarinet; Domaines for clarinet & orchestra; Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna for orchestra in 8 groups 30 September, Queen Elizabeth Hall

London Sinfonietta

…explosante-fixe… (in memoriam Stravinsky) for flute with live electronics, 2 flutes & orchestra; Anthèmes 2 for violin & live electronics 1 October, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Exploring the Labyrinth

An international study day with leading experts on Boulez. 1 October, Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall

Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich

Almost all of Boulez’s piano music in one day over three concerts. 2 October, Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Pierre Boulez © Karen Robinson

Pli selon pli (Portrait de Mallarmé) for soprano & orchestra


Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is broadcast exclusively by BBC Radio 3

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hcmf// 2011 programme  

The full programme for the 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

hcmf// 2011 programme  

The full programme for the 2011 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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