hcmf// 2014 programme

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No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Date Fri 21 Sat 22 Sun 23 Mon 24 Tue 25 Wed 26 Thu 27 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sun 30

Festival Diary

Family Morning: Arditti Quartet: Dillon I Talk: Dillon: The String Quartets Arditti Quartet: Dillon II

11am – 12.30pm 1pm 3pm 5pm

12 noon 3pm 6.15pm 7pm 10.30pm

Gareth Davis + Elliott Sharp W BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Dillon Pre-concert talk: Arditti Quartet Arditti Quartet @ 40 UK W Carlos Casas: Avalanche II


11am 1pm 4pm 7.30pm

11am 1pm 5pm 7.30pm 10pm

Composer’s Kitchen: Luke Nickel + Stephen Chase UK Monk Music UK Plus-Minus W Strings + Drones W

11am 1pm 4pm 7.30pm 8.30pm 10pm

10am – 6pm 8pm 10pm


Next Wave Trio Accanto Phil Minton / Simon H Fell

Composer’s Kitchen: Jimmie LeBlanc Mei Yi Foo Quatuor Bozzini UK Electric Spring @ 20 E W Time With People, An Opera W


11am 11.40am 12.20pm 1.10pm 2.10pm 3pm 4pm 4.50pm 5.40pm 7pm 8pm 8.30pm 9.15pm 10.45pm

Private Sculpture Series W Nuntempa Two New Duo W Diego Castro Magaš Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part I W Anders Førisdal + Laurence Crane PULSE Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part II W Kathryn Schulmeister UK Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part III W Miniaturised Concertos | Maché W Ryoko Akama W asamisimasa UK Agustí Fernández + Peter Evans Filament W

Lawrence Batley Theatre St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio

7.30pm 10pm 11.30pm

Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall

Phipps Hall Town Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall The Loft @ Bates Mill

Town Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio

Various Venues St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio

Town Hall St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio

Town Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre Lawrence Batley Theatre Bates Mill Photographic Studio

Various Venues Creative Arts Building Atrium Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall St Thomas’ Church Creative Arts Building Atrium Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall Phipps Hall St Peter’s Church St Paul’s Hall Creative Arts Building Atrium Phipps Hall St Paul’s Hall Bates Mill Photographic Studio

CAM G/01, Creative Arts Building St Paul’s Hall The Hepworth Wakefield The Calder @ The Hepworth Wakefield St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre

St Paul’s Hall Town Hall Phipps Hall

10am 12 noon 2.30pm 4pm 7.30pm 8pm 10pm

Composer’s Kitchen: Leo Chadburn UK Feldman’s Pianos UK asamisimasa: Fongaard / Ferneyhough UK Widerstehen UK Post-concert talk: Christopher Fox Langham Research Centre W


St Paul’s Hall St Paul’s Hall Lawrence Batley Theatre The Loft @ Bates Mill



11am 2pm 4.30pm

4.30pm 5.30pm 9pm 11pm



Talk: ‘Fear of Music’ Cikada Ensemble UK EEEEE Evan Parker: Twelve for Twelve Musicians W Pre-concert talk: James Dillon London Sinfonietta + BBC Singers: Dillon W Buenos Aires UK

Philip Thomas W Aurora Orchestra: Timber CrossingLines UK Henry Cow, Music For Films, News From Babel and Oh Moscow play the music of Lindsay Cooper BIT20 Ensemble UK W Sharpen Your Needles, Side 2

Pre-concert talk: Christian Wolff + Petr Kotík Ostravská banda: A Tribute to Christian Wolff UK Lohengrin Launch Event: Carlos Casas: Avalanche UK



Venue Key BM

Bates Mill (Loft & Photographic Studio)


Creative Arts Building (Phipps Hall & Atrium)


Lawrence Batley Theatre


Heritage Quay


St Peter's Church


St Paul's Hall


St Thomas’ Church


Town Hall


Bus Stop



Shorehead Roundabout


Welcome to the 37th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival! Graham McKenzie © John Bonner

Anniversary or birthday tributes rarely feature prominently in my programmes, however there are some artists whose contribution is absolutely synonymous with the history and development , and it would be remiss of me not to of recognise and honour their continuing influence on contemporary and experimental music. None fall into this category more so than the renowned Arditti Quartet, who first appeared at the Festival in 1982 and th who celebrate their 40 anniversary this year. Fittingly, in a special concert to mark the occasion, we look to the future with the world premiere of a new work written for the group by Marco Stroppa, while mining the Ardittis’ extensive back catalogue archive to rediscover Benedict Mason’s String Quartet No 2, first and the performed in Huddersfield in 1993. This year’s opening concert pays tribute to Christian Wolff in his 80 th birthday year for Ostravská banda under and features a long overdue first appearance at the direction of Petr Kotík, while Evan Parker, irrepressible in his 70 th year, presents three new projects – a concert-length work based on different approaches to percussion, three short works in three separate buildings utilising the acoustics of dimension and space, and a DJ set! I am delighted that our Composer in Residence this year is James Dillon – a Festival Young Composer’s Award in 1978 – and favourite since receiving the unquestionably now one of the UK’s greatest composers. His treatment of the Stabat Mater Dolorosa for the London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers is sure to be a major highlight of the opening weekend, as will the world premiere of his orchestral work Physis I & II on Saturday 29 November. , and to this end we have New voices are of course the lifeblood of commissioned important new works this year from Larry Goves, Alexander Schubert and Pedro Álvarez. All of the above is only possible with the support of our core partners and funders, and I would like to thank Arts Council England, Kirklees Council, the University of Huddersfield, the PRS for Music Foundation and the British Council. Our international programme is made possible through Institut Ramon Llull, Music Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy London and Goethe-Institut London. My thanks of course go to all our partners and full details can be found throughout the brochure. As ever it is the audience 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.

Best Wishes Graham McKenzie Artistic Director


Talks hosts a series of free talks and discussions throughout the Festival with some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Friday 21 November

Sunday 23 November

Pre-concert talk 4.30pm, St Paul’s Hall

Pre-concert talk 7.30pm, St Paul’s Hall

Christian Wolff + Petr Kotík In his 80 th birthday year, composer Christian Wolff discusses his work and his close connection to the avantgarde, both in America and the UK, through his association with major artists such as John Cage, Morton Feldman and Cornelius Cardew. He is joined by conductor and composer Petr Kotík, who has championed Wolff’s music through his work with the S.E.M. Ensemble and Ostravská banda.

James Dillon Composer in Residence James Dillon discusses his new concert-length work for the London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers, Sabat Mater dolorosa, ahead of its world premiere . performance at

Sunday 23 November 10am, Creative Arts Building, CAM G/01 University of Huddersfield ‘Fear of Music’ How do we define British experimental music today? Is it still relevant to talk about an ‘avant-garde’ or is it now firmly part of the establishment? Artistic Director Graham McKenzie poses the question to a panel comprising of composers, musicians, writers and commentators appearing in and around this year’s Festival.

Tuesday 25 November Post-concert talk 8.30pm, Lawrence Batley Theatre Christopher Fox Post-concert, composer Christopher Fox provides an insight into the very personal journey which led him to realise his new work for stage, Widerstehen. Saturday 29 November Pre-concert talk 6.15pm, St Paul’s Hall Arditti Quartet In their 40 th anniversary year, and ahead of their birthday concert at , founder Irvine Arditti and members of the quartet discuss the group’s rich contribution to contemporary and 20 th century music.


Sunday 30 November 3pm, Phipps Hall Dillon: The String Quartets On a day entirely dedicated to Composer in Residence James Dillon’s astonishing body of work hosts a for string quartet, round table discussion exploring Dillon’s relationship with this purest of musical forms, and his long association with the Arditti Quartet. Speakers to be announced – see www.hcmf.co.uk for details.

Thursday 27 November 10am – 12 noon, Heritage Quay, Student Central, University of Huddersfield Next Wave: Sounding Out Getting going as a professional: what do composers need? Sound and Music’s popular Sounding Out series presents a key debate and discussion about how talented emerging composers can thrive. Please see page 9 for ticket information

All talks will be hosted by BBC Radio 3 presenters Robert Worby and Sara MohrPietsch unless stated otherwise Please note – all information is correct at the time of going to print but may be subject to change


Learning & Participation

This year’s Festival will include activity from our Health and Wellbeing Programme, which has recently been developed thanks to public donations and support from Awards for All.

This activity will be led by awardwinning music and health practitioner Georgina Aasgaard, alongside an assistant artist from HOOT Creative Arts. The project, Momentum, will focus on working with the homeless, refugees and asylum seekers in the Huddersfield area and will be delivered in partnership with Huddersfield Mission and The Reach Project. Professional development continues ’s to be an important part of Learning & Participation programme, with Composer’s Kitchen and Next Wave offering emerging composers the opportunity to develop their work with established ensembles – and to have

Images © Lizzie Coombes / Zoi Jahau

Learning & Participation forms a vital ’s programme, component of offering year-round accessible, creative and inspirational experiences to increasingly varied audiences and participants. The programme continues to develop relationships with a wide range of local communities and partners, facilitating an eclectic range of activities with high-profile, professional artists.

the resulting pieces performed during the Festival. See pages 8 & 9 for more information. shorts will also support professional development, taking place on Free Monday on 24 November and presenting concerts featuring talented up-and-coming performers and composers alongside performances from some of the finest musicians working in contemporary music today.


To discuss your visit further please contact Sarah McWatt on 01484 471116 or email s.mcwatt@hud.ac.uk is also an Arts Award supporter. For information on our offer go to: www.hcmf.co.uk/artsaward We will continue to develop our Learning & Participation programme throughout the year. Please check our website and social media for updates.

As always, we offer visiting schools and groups great ticket offers and information about curriculum links.

Family Morning: . Halaradum Songs ÂŻ . Manasamitra lead a creative session on sharing and learning about lullabies from across the world. Come and share your recollections and experiences of lullabies and explore their meaning and significance. Discover the familiar and not so familiar in a group workshop. The session will be led by vocalist Supriya Nagarajan and sound artist Duncan Chapman. It will be suitable for (but not limited to) young children and families. This workshop is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential. Email Sarah McWatt at s.mcwatt@hud.ac.uk or call 01484 471 116 to reserve a place. Co-produced by and Manasamitra with support from the PRS for Music Foundation

Sunday 30 November Phipps Hall 11am – 12.30pm


Composer’s Kitchen Celebrating its 10th edition in 2014, Quatuor Bozzini’s unique Composer’s Kitchen revolves around string quartet writing. During an intensive week in Montréal in June, emerging composers Jimmie LeBlanc and Luke Nickel (from Canada) and Leo Chadburn and Stephen Chase (from the UK) experienced a combination of workshop, laboratory and masterclass. Along with the quartet, mentors Martin Arnold and Jennifer Walshe observed the work of the four participants, selected for their originality, creativity and artistic vision.

Quatuor Bozzini: Clemens Merkel violin John Corban violin Stéphanie Bozzini viola Isabelle Bozzini cello Tuesday 25 November Town Hall 11am

2014 the composers, quartet and During mentors will reconvene in Huddersfield, where their compositions will be read, discussed, analysed and reworked, then rehearsed and performed in a series of outcome concerts, providing an exciting first-hand look into the creative process.

Leo Chadburn new work UK PREMIERE

Wednesday 26 November Town Hall 11am

Co-produced by and Quatuor Bozzini; supported by British Council, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts du Canada, SOCAN Foundation, Concordia University and the University of Huddersfield

Jimmie LeBlanc new work UK PREMIERE

Free Events Friday 28 November Town Hall 11am Luke Nickel new work UK PREMIERE

Stephen Chase new work

© John Klepko



Next Wave Thursday 27 November Next Wave: Sounding Out Heritage Quay 10am – 12 noon Getting going as a professional: what do composers need? Next Wave: Showcase Performances St Paul’s Hall 12.30pm Eugene Birman The winter desert of my silences Michael Cutting I AM A STRANGE LOOP III Ben Gaunt Filling Rubin’s Vase Paul McGuire Panels Georgia Rodgers partial filter London Sinfonietta Sound Intermedia Garry Walker conductor Loré Lixenberg mezzo soprano Oren Marshall tuba Sarah Nicolls inside-out piano Phipps Hall 2.30pm – 6pm Performances of works by featured composers: Edwin Hillier Barnaby Hollington Weiwei Jin Ryan Latimer Oliver Christophe Leith Maya Verlaak Ji Sun Yang Please check www.hcmf.co.uk for updates on performance times

showcases 12 of the freshest and most talented composers emerging out of higher education in Britain. Selected from around the country for the Sound and Music / NMC Recordings Next Wave programme, the composers have had time and space to develop new works for leading UK performers including Sarah Nicolls, Loré Lixenberg, Oren Marshall, Sound Intermedia and London Sinfonietta. As a cohort they have worked together, as well as receiving mentoring from Richard Baker, David Horne, Alwynne Pritchard and Richard Rijnvos, and the 12 new works are also available to download from NMC as part of the label’s 25th birthday celebrations. The Next Wave showcase is presented alongside key debate and discussion about how talented composers coming out of education can thrive, as part of Sound and Music’s popular Sounding Out series. Produced by and Sound and Music, in partnership with NMC Recordings; supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Help Musicians UK, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation, The Steel Charitable Trust, The Fenton Arts Trust and Stanley Picker Trust

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online) Pre-order the NMC download album with your ticket for just £5 (RRP £8)


Exhibitions & Installations Carlos Casas: Avalanche The UK premiere of the Catalan sound artist and film maker’s extraordinary work, first shown at SONAR in 2010, with a fantastic score by Phill Niblock. Exploring the interrelation of landscape, soundscape, music and ethnography, Avalanche is an audiovisual meditation about a village and its traditions on the way to disappearance. One of the world’s highest inhabited villages, Hichigh is located in Tajikistan’s mysterious and fascinating Pamir mountains, home to many archaic and well-kept traditions. The film depicts Hichigh at a time of literal and figurative dusk: on the cusp of becoming a ghost village, just before its stones and mud houses are eaten by the mountain again. Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014; also part of the Catalan series featured at supported by the Open Society Institute

Launch Event Friday 21 November 11pm Carlos Casas will perform live at the opening of the installation. Free Event

The Loft @ Bates Mill Saturday 22 – Saturday 29 November 10am – 4pm Closed Friday 28 November

Avalanche Š Carlos Casas

12 Friday 21 November

Ostravská banda: A Tribute to Christian Wolff 1 2014 opens with a concert honouring Christian Wolff in his 80 th year and showing the long and close collaboration between Wolff and Petr Kotík, who, with the Czech Republic’s Ostravská banda, makes his first visit to Huddersfield.

St Paul’s Hall 5.30pm

Presenting a cross-section of the music of Ostravská banda and New York’s S.E.M. Ensemble, with an important contribution by Thomas Buckner, the concert includes Wolff’s Trust, premiered by Ostravská banda at WDR Cologne’s 2013 ‘Ensemble Europa’ series, along with new pieces by Cígler, Mincek and Kotík. Smolka’s music further ties the programme to the biennial Ostrava Days, where all the composers have been working since 2001. The programme is completed by John Cage’s previously presumed lost and recently rediscovered version of Wolff’s For Six or Seven Players (1959), given to Kotík in 1964.

Petr Cígler Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne

Produced by supported by Statutory City of Ostrava and the Czech Centre

Petr Kotík Nine + 1

Christian Wolff 37 Haiku UK PREMIERE


Martin Smolka Autumn Thoughts UK PREMIERE

Christian Wolff For Six or Seven Players (Music for Merce Cunningham) UK PREMIERE

Alex Mincek Subito No 2 UK PREMIERE


Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

Christian Wolff Trust UK PREMIERE

Christian Wolff © John Eyles

Ostravská banda Petr Kotík conductor Thomas Buckner baritone

Friday 21 November


Lohengrin 2 Lawrence Batley Theatre 9pm Salvatore Sciarrino Lohengrin Sofia Jernberg voice Bjørnar Habbestad flute Morten Barrikmo clarinet Kari Rønnekleiv violin Anna Lindal violin Lene Grenager cello

presents the only UK performance of a new production of Sciarrino’s Lohengrin, premiered in Bergen in February 2013 and performed by Swedish singer Sofia Jernberg and an ensemble put together by nyMusikk Bergen. Based on Jules Laforgue’s short story, the performance takes the theme of reality, madness and illusion as a point of departure and integrates musicians, scenery and sound design to create a play on absence and presence. The piece depicts Elsa’s short and unhappy marriage to Lohengrin, set mostly in a dreamlike, mythical landscape. Co-produced by nyMusikk Bergen, BIT Teatergarasjen and BEK (Bergen Center for Electronic Arts); supported by Music Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Arts Council Norway, Bergen Kommune and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Lohengrin © Thor Brødreskift

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

14 Saturday 22 November

Philip Thomas 3 In his 80 th year, a new work for solo piano by the highly individual American experimentalist Christian Wolff is partnered by new works by two English composers who are no less experimental, inquisitive and original – Howard Skempton and Michael Finnissy – both of whom have been drawn to Wolff’s work in different ways. Finnissy in particular reveals the influence of Wolff’s music from the 80s in his new large-scale work Beat Generation Ballads, which is the composer’s first set of variations proper. Finnissy records his debt to a number of poets, notably Allen Ginsberg, who were influential upon his creative development in the 60s, drawing upon material by them alongside music which also influenced him at the time – a characteristically eclectic mix of Bill Evans, Webern, Sorabji, Franck and Beethoven!

St Paul’s Hall 11am Howard Skempton Oculus WORLD PREMIERE

Christian Wolff Sailing By WORLD PREMIERE

Michael Finnissy Beat Generation Ballads WORLD PREMIERE

Philip Thomas piano

Produced by supported by British Council Beat Generation Ballads is commissioned with funds from the Britten-Pears Foundation

Philip Thomas © Grenville Charles

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

Saturday 22 November


Aurora Orchestra: Timber 4 Town Hall 2pm Michael Gordon Timber Aurora Orchestra plus postgraduate students from the Royal College of Music

Aurora’s percussion section teams up with postgraduate students at the Royal College of Music to give one of the first UK performances of Michael Gordon’s hypnotic concert-length work Timber, offering the audience a unique and immersive aural experience. Scored for six amplified wooden Simantras – traditionally a Greek liturgical percussion instrument but in effect planks of 2x4 hardwood cut into graduated lengths – Timber is a complex five-part work which, through a shifting of dynamics and accents from one instrument to the next, produces seamless and unified descending or ascending harmonic patterns. Produced by

supported by British Council

Michael Gordon © Peter Serling

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

16 Saturday 22 November

CrossingLines 5 Led by Luis Codera Puzo, the recipient of a 2014 Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Composer Prize, CrossingLines ensemble has established itself as one of the principal generators of contemporary music in Catalonia.

Phipps Hall 4.30pm

2014, the ensemble presents a mixed At programme by composers who have links with Catalonia and the UK – including the premiere of commission from experimental Chilean a guitarist and composer Pedro Álvarez. CrossingLines will also perform Luis Codera Puzo’s π (pi), a piece written in response to the influence of modular synthesiser music, improvised free music, and free jazz and noise on the composer’s recent work, and Manuel Rodríguez Valenzuela’s T(t)-Blocks, performed for the first time in a version that is the sum of all its possibilities.

Josep Sanz Quintana Triphonie I/b

Pedro Álvarez new work UK PREMIERE


Manuel Rodríguez Valenzuela T(t)-Blocks A+B+C+D UK PREMIERE

Alistair Zaldua contrejours Luis Codera Puzo π (pi) UK PREMIERE

CrossingLines Lorenzo Ferrándiz guest conductor Florentin Ginot guest double bass Pedro Álvarez guest electric guitar Santi Barguñó live electronics

Produced by in partnership with L’Auditori; supported by Institut Ramon Llull as part of the Catalan 2014 series featured at Pedro Álvarez’s new work is commissioned by π (pi) is commissioned with funds from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

CrossingLines © Manuel Rodríguez Valenzuela

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

Saturday 22 November


Henry Cow, Music For Films, News From Babel and Oh Moscow play the music of Lindsay Cooper 6

Lawrence Batley Theatre 7.30pm Henry Cow Music for Films News From Babel Oh Moscow Featured performers include: Alfred Harth Anne-Marie Roelofs Chris Cutler Dagmar Krause Fred Frith John Greaves Michel Berckmans Phil Minton Sally Potter Tim Hodgkinson Veryan Weston Zeena Parkins

Seminal progressive rock band Henry Cow reform specifically and exclusively in a tribute to former member, composer and musician Lindsay Cooper, who sadly passed away in 2013. Developed in partnership with Serious and the EFG London Jazz Festival, the concert will include musical material from Henry Cow, News From Babel and Lindsay Cooper’s Music for Films plus works from the live 1991 album Oh Moscow. The concert offers a unique and never-to-be-repeated opportunity to hear some extraordinary repertoire and to see these exceptional and now legendary musicians perform. Co-produced by Serious and Council

supported by British

Lindsay Cooper

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

18 Saturday 22 November

BIT20 Ensemble 7

Produced by supported by British Council; also supported by Music Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, The Norwegian Arts Council and Bergen Municipality and BIT20 The Devotions is co-commissioned by Ensemble

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

St Paul’s Hall 10pm Please note: this concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, audience members must be seated by 9.45pm Jan Erik Mikalsen Too much of a good thing is wonderful UK PREMIERE

Larry Goves The Devotions WORLD PREMIERE

Anna Thorvaldsdottir aequilibria UK PREMIERE

BIT20 Ensemble Baldur Brönnimann conductor

BIT20 © Tore Sandvik Monsen

BIT20 Ensemble return to , this time under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann, to perform the world premiere of The Devotions by acclaimed Manchesterbased composer Larry Goves. Commissioned by , the piece looks at BIT20 Ensemble and personal interpretations of repetitive rituals as ways of measuring time, and will be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 alongside new works by two of today’s most important young Nordic composers – Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Jan Erik Mikalsen.

Saturday 22 November


Sharpen Your Needles, Side 2 Bates Mill Photographic Studio 11.30pm Evan Parker + David Toop

In 1974, New/Rediscovered Musical Instruments was published as a small-press book featuring the inventions of Hugh Davies, Max Eastley, Paul Burwell, Evan Parker, Paul Lytton and David Toop. This modest volume began a 40-year ongoing conversation between Evan Parker and David Toop, founded in their love of global musics and esoteric auditory techniques and technologies. Sharpen Your Needles, Side 2 offers an opportunity to hear rare and extraordinary vinyl records from their personal collections and to eavesdrop on the conversation. Produced by

Evan Parker + David Toop Š Fabio Lugaro

Free Event

supported by British Council

20 Sunday 23 November

Cikada Ensemble 8

Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

St Paul’s Hall 12 noon Liza Lim Winding Bodies: 3 Knots UK PREMIERE

Liza Lim The Heart’s Ear Liza Lim Philtre Lars Petter Hagen new work UK PREMIERE

Cikada Ensemble

Liza Lim © Astrid Ackermann

Cikada Ensemble present the UK premiere of a major new work by UK-based composer Liza Lim, Winding Bodies: 3 Knots, exploring the old Nordic tale of sailors ‘buying the wind’ tied in knots. Untying the first knot would release a breeze, the second a strong wind and the third contained a hurricane which should never be untied. Two of Lim’s older works and a further premiere from Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen complete the programme.

Sunday 23 November



Early English Experimentalism played by Edges Ensemble The Hepworth Wakefield 2.30pm edges ensemble

Spread across the numerous gallery spaces of The Hepworth Wakefield, members of the edges ensemble will perform works drawn from the English experimental movement of the late 60s – early 70s. Composers whose music will be performed include Gavin Bryars, Brian Dennis, Bryn Harris, Chris Hobbs, Michael Parsons and Hugh Shrapnel. Expect sounds, actions, non-sounds, voices, cartography, noise, symphonies, Boulez and Spike Milligan. Produced by supported by British Council scholar With thanks to BMC / Sound and Music / Simon H Fell

Gavin Bryars Š Jim Cranmer

Free Event

22 Sunday 23 November

Evan Parker: Twelve for Twelve Musicians 9 To celebrate Evan Parker’s 70 th birthday year, has commissioned the world premiere of Twelve for Twelve Musicians by Parker.

The Calder @ The Hepworth Wakefield 4pm Evan Parker Twelve for Twelve Musicians

‘Since the dodecaphonic revolution, 12 has been a special number in new music. In my ‘composing’ with 12 elements I am exceptionally fortunate to work with 11 other musical individuals. The piece starts and ends with their musical genius as instrumentalists and as improvisers.’


Neil Metcalfe flute John Rangecroft clarinet Evan Parker saxophone Percy Pursglove trumpet Matt Wright computer/turntables Sten Sandell piano Toma Gouband percussion Paul Lytton percussion Mark Nauseef percussion Damien Harron percussion Richard Barrett live electronics Paul Obermayer live electronics

Evan Parker

Produced by supported by British Council Twelve for Twelve Musicians is commissioned by

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online) Add a return coach ticket to your booking for £8 The coach will depart from the bus stop outside the Creative Arts Building (see fold-out map) at 1.40pm promptly.

Evan Parker © Caroline Forbes

Please note: tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available on the day of the performance. Festival and Weekend 1 Savers include a coach ticket.

Sunday 23 November


London Sinfonietta + BBC Singers: Dillon 10 St Paul’s Hall 8pm James Dillon Stabat Mater dolorosa WORLD PREMIERE

London Sinfonietta BBC Singers Ilan Volkov conductor

is delighted to present the world premiere of a concert-length work by Composer in Residence , BBC Radio James Dillon, commissioned by 3 and Casa da Música and written especially for the London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers. Based on a setting of the poem Stabat Mater Dolorosa and Julie Kristeva’s essay Herethique de l’amour – which amongst other things is a commentary around the myth of the Stabat Mater – the piece places the original poem within a wider cultural history of lamentations. Produced by supported by British Council and the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation Stabat Mater dolorosa is commissioned by BBC Radio 3, and Casa da Música Porto

James Dillon

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

24 Sunday 23 November

Buenos Aires 11 asamisimasa and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart return to Huddersfield with the UK premiere of a new chamber opera by Danish composer Simon SteenAndersen, whose previous work Inszenierte Nacht 2013. was a major highlight of

Lawrence Batley Theatre 10pm

Buenos Aires is a work about indirect communication, censorship and, as implied in the title, air, or perhaps simply the absurdity of communicating through song. The composer also takes on the roles of librettist, stage designer and director, in an attempt to integrate these different elements as much as possible.

asamisimasa Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Simon Steen-Andersen Buenos Aires UK PREMIERE

Produced by supported by Music Norway, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Arts Council Norway and the Fund for Performing Artists (Norway); also supported by GoetheInstitut London

Canto al Trabajo by Rogelio Yrurtia. Photo © Simon Steen-Andersen

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)


shorts Monday 24 November Located at various shorts venues

Private Sculpture Series

Eleanor Cully Private Sculpture Series

‘The Private Sculpture Series is an installation running ‘silently’ amongst a concert space or location. The space and the information contained within that space requires the observer to respond to suggestion and omission as one might imagine such sculptures.’


Eleanor Cully

Produced by

Creative Arts Building Atrium 11am Howard Skempton Tendrils Nuntempa: Sarah Farmer violin Naomi Hodson violin Eileen Smith viola Sara Gale cello

Nuntempa True to Skempton’s characteristic style, Tendrils is built out of continuous undulating lines that sustain their effect throughout, the impulse being lyrical and experimental. Commisioned jointly by the BBC and , it won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Composition in 2004, as well as a 2005 British Composer Award. It is with great pleasure that Nuntempa will be performing this piece in Huddersfield, 10 years on from its premiere at the Festival by the Smith Quartet. Produced by

Phipps Hall 11.40am

Two New Duo

Chikako Morishita new work

Two New Duo present premieres by Chikako Morishita and Caspar Johannes Walter on the theme ‘multiple sounds and matter’. The duo have worked closely with the composers to explore multiphonic, complex and multi-layered sounds and search for a substance – weight and force – within noise, focussing on the essence of a single sound at its most basic level.


Caspar Johannes Walter new work

© Richard Mullany


Two New Duo: Ellen Fallowfield cello Stephen Menotti trombone

Produced by

Free Events


Diego Castro Magaš

St Paul’s Hall 12.20pm

Diego Castro Magaš plays works for solo guitar by Michael Finnissy, James Dillon and Matthew Sergeant. The common concern among these works is the virtuosic exploration of the idiomaticity of the instrument through the evocation of a Kurdish folk dance, a poem by Borges and a rock-hewn church in Lalibela, respectively.

Michael Finnissy Nasiye James Dillon Shrouded Mirrors Matthew Sergeant bet maryam Diego Castro Magaš guitar

Produced by

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part I

St Thomas’ Church 1.10pm

‘This project follows on from an album I made with Sten Sandell in 2010. In Sten’s hands the church organ, while retaining the solemn gravitas you expect, turns into a whole symphony of sounds – flute-like, drones, violin quartet dissonance, and much more..! I am keen to work with this range of sounds again, and to create a series of new works that will fully utilise the range and dynamics of the individual spaces.’

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter WORLD PREMIERE

Evan Parker saxophones Sten Sandell church organ / keyboard

Evan Parker

Co-produced by and AC Projects with support gratefully acknowledged from PRS for Music Foundation St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter is co-commissioned by 2014 and Counterflows 2015 and AC Projects for

Anders Førisdal + Laurence Crane Some Rock Music for Alan Thomas is a work of music theatre for two performers who sing and play electric guitar and iPod. The subject of the piece is rock music; its rituals and conventions, its absurdities and its glorious grandeur. The work pays homage to what might be termed the golden age of rock. Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

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Creative Arts Building Atrium 2.10pm Laurence Crane Some Rock Music for Alan Thomas Anders Førisdal electric guitar / voice Laurence Crane iPod / voice


Phipps Hall 3pm


Dobrinka Tabakova Halo

A concert featuring the music of Grammy-nominated Dobrinka Tabakova culminates in a performance of PULSE – a new music and film collaboration with Ruth Paxton, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society for the PRS for Music Foundation 2014 New Music Biennial.

Traditional Gamelan Dobrinka Tabakova Midnight Dobrinka Tabakova Frozen River Flows Dobrinka Tabakova + Ruth Paxton PULSE

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Ian Buckle piano Richard Uttley piano Richard Benjafield percussion George Barton percussion Rob Campion gamelan Isabelle Carré gamelan St Paul’s Hall 4pm

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part II

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter

Please see Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part I


Evan Parker saxophones Sten Sandell church organ / keyboard

Phipps Hall 4.50pm

Kathryn Schulmeister

Joan Arnau Pàmies [d(k_s)b]

Kathryn Schulmeister performs two works for solo double bass that culminate three years of collaboration with Catalan composer Joan Arnau Pàmies. [d(k_s)b] (2011) is a virtuosic tour de force which serves as a precursor to [k(d_b)s] (2012-13), a work concerned with parametrical deconstruction as a means to structural complexity.


© Richard Mullany

Co-produced by and AC Projects with support gratefully acknowledged from PRS for Music Foundation St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter is co-commissioned by 2014 and Counterflows 2015 and AC Projects for

Joan Arnau Pàmies [k(d_b)s] UK PREMIERE

Kathryn Schulmeister double bass

Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014 part of the Catalan series featured at


Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part III

St Peter’s Church 5.40pm

Please see Evan Parker + Sten Sandell: Part I

Evan Parker + Sten Sandell St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter

Co-produced by and AC Projects with support gratefully acknowledged from PRS for Music Foundation St Thomas / St Paul / St Peter is co-commissioned by 2014 and Counterflows 2015 and AC Projects for


Evan Parker saxophones Sten Sandell church organ / keyboard

Miniaturised Concertos | Maché

St Paul’s Hall 7pm

Miniaturised Concertos is a series of experimental double piano concertos, commissioned by pianist Kate Halsall, exploring the roles of the traditional double piano concerto. The pieces work with electroacoustics, film, chamber ensemble, extended techniques and duo to create large scale effects from small forces.

Maché Fragments:

Produced by Making Place is commissioned with funds from the BrittenPears Foundation Furor is commissioned by Chimera Ensemble with funds from Arts Council England Always again is commissioned by Chimera Ensemble with funds from the RVW Trust

Leo Chadburn new work WORLD PREMIERE

Duncan MacLeod Tina WORLD PREMIERE

Ryoko Akama an dt wo WORLD PREMIERE

Miniaturised Concertos: Katharine Norman Making Place Philip Cashian Furor Naomi Pinnock Always again WORLD PREMIERE

Chimera Ensemble Kate Halsall piano Fumiko Miyachi piano Katharine Norman projection Peiman Khosravi electronics

Ryoko Akama ‘This composition was inspired by the gigantic mural that indicates the spectrum of electromagnetic waves, finding a parallel in the famous treatise Ockham’s Razor.’ Eliane Radigue

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Creative Arts Building Atrium 8pm Eliane Radigue OCCAM XX WORLD PREMIERE

Ryoko Akama EMS synthesiser


Phipps Hall 8.30pm


Øyvind Torvund Neon Forest Spaces

Norwegian supergroup asamisimasa continue their 2014 with a performance of residency at Øyvind Torvund’s chamber work in seven sections, Neon Forest Space, and the UK premiere of Laurence Crane’s memorial to Mick Ronson, Sound of Horse – both written especially for the group in 2009.

Laurence Crane Sound of Horse UK PREMIERE


Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

St Paul’s Hall 9.15pm

Agustí Fernández + Peter Evans

Agustí Fernández piano Peter Evans trumpet

European free improvisation meets its American counterpart at the highest international peak. Often appearing solo, New York-based Evans has undoubtedly reinvented the perceived notion of the trumpet within the avant-garde – while Fernández combines his thorough knowledge of 20th century classical piano with free improvisation to forge a unique and powerful style. A reference point for improvised music! Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014 part of the Catalan series featured at

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10.45pm Ferran Fages Filament

© Richard Mullany


Lali Barrière sinewaves / pink noise Ferran Fages composition / feedback / white noise Angharad Davies violin Dafne Vicente-Sandoval bassoon

Filament Filament is a graphic score for a modular piece, divided into four movements and conceived as a superposition of four voices. Each voice contains and explores the aesthetic principles underlying the piece – timbre and space in a series of very soft events, built by tones, sinewaves and noise. Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014 part of the Catalan series featured at

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30 Tuesday 25 November

Feldman’s Pianos 12 Six works for between two and four pianists at between one and four pianos, all composed within a 10-year period by two composers at their most inquisitive stages of notational exploration.

St Paul’s Hall 1pm

Four infrequently performed works by Morton Feldman, reflecting this most intuitive composer at possibly his most cerebral and abstruse, are performed alongside the very first two works in which Christian Wolff explored what was to become a unique, cryptic approach to music notation. The first of these, the Sonata for 3 pianos, is being given its UK premiere 57½ years after it was first performed by, amongst others, John Cage and David Tudor, in a programme which also featured the first performance of Feldman’s Piece for Four Pianos.

Morton Feldman Two Pieces for Three Pianos

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

Christian Wolff Duo for Pianists I Morton Feldman Vertical Thoughts I Christian Wolff Sonata for 3 pianos UK PREMIERE

Morton Feldman Piece for Four Pianos Mark Knoop piano Catherine Laws piano Philip Thomas piano John Tilbury piano

Philip Thomas + John Tilbury © Harriet Richardson

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Morton Feldman Piano Four Hands

Tuesday 25 November


asamisimasa: Fongaard / Ferneyhough 13 As part of a residency at 2014, asamisimasa presents a concert of music by the late Bjørn Fongaard, who pioneered microtonality in Norway in the early 60s. After some difficult experiences writing music for orchestras, Fongaard started using bows, metal objects and various utensils, as well as preparation and extended techniques, composing a kind of electronic music to be performed live on the electric guitar or in combination with playback.

Phipps Hall 4pm Bjørn Fongaard Galaxe UK PREMIERE

Bjørn Fongaard 3 Novasjoner UK PREMIERE

Bjørn Fongaard 3 Aphorisms

According to Brian Ferneyhough, Fongaard’s friendship with him as a young composer encouraged his work with microtonality. Written in homage and based on Fongaard material, Renvoi/Shards for quartertone electric guitar and quartertone vibraphone was premiered by asamisimasa in Darmstadt in 2010.


Bjørn Fongaard Sinfonia Microtonalis UK PREMIERE

Bjørn Fongaard 3 Reflections UK PREMIERE

Brian Ferneyhough Renvoi/Shards

Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy

James Saunders new work

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)


Bjørn Fongaard


32 Tuesday 25 November

Widerstehen 14 Described by its composer as ‘a documentary in eight scenes’, Widerstehen is an extraordinary work which commemorates the life of Elisabeth von Thadden, who was executed by the Nazis 70 years ago. Scored for singer, actress, chamber ensemble and electronics, the work uses archive material from the Museum of the German Resistance in Berlin and is set on Elisabeth’s last day in Plötzensee prison when, as an eye-witness recalled, ‘it seemed as if she slowly shed the garments of this world.’

Lawrence Batley Theatre 7.30pm Christopher Fox Widerstehen UK PREMIERE

ensemble recherche Christopher Fox speaker

Produced by supported by DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm, Brunel University and Goethe-Institut London

Elisabeth von Thadden

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

Tuesday 25 November

Langham Research Centre 15 Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10pm Christian Wolff For Magnetic Tape II WORLD PREMIERE

Langham Research Centre Muffled Ciphers Langham Research Centre: Iain Chambers tapes / electronics Philip Tagney tapes / electronics Robert Worby short wave radio / electronics

Langham Research Centre © Alex Healy

Jeremy Welsh visual projections

The world premiere of Christian Wolff’s tape piece, composed in 1952 but not realised until now, alongside a recent work by the Langham Research Centre, commissioned by nyMusikk Oslo and based on the writings of J G Ballard: intertextual musique concrete using tapes, shortwave radio and oscillators. Produced by

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)


34 Wednesday 26 November

Mei Yi Foo 16

Produced by

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

St Paul’s Hall 1pm Richard Baker Breaking the Ground Thomas Adès Still Sorrowing Jukka Tiensuu Fantango György Kurtág Játékok Dai Fujikura Piano Etudes Mei Yi Foo piano

Mei Yi Foo © Kaupo Kikkas

Malaysian-born pianist Mei Yi Foo returns to after her tremendously successful performance of the Unsuk Chin Etudes in 2013. This year she presents a diverse and clashing programme of works by composers including Dai Fujikura, Richard Baker, Jukka Tiensuu, Thomas Adès and György Kurtág, highlighting their contrasting characteristics in a game of opposites.

Wednesday 26 November

Quatuor Bozzini 17 St Paul’s Hall 5pm Marc Sabat Euler Lattice Spirals Scenery UK PREMIERE

Nicole Lizée Hitchcock Etudes UK PREMIERE

Quatuor Bozzini return to with a Canadian/ Québécois all-star programme. Work by Berlinbased Marc Sabat features alongside Nicole Lizée, who walks the tightrope between genres and cultures, and Martin Arnold, one of this year’s Composer’s Kitchen mentors, with his 1998 masterpiece contact;vault. Produced by supported by Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts du Canada

Martin Arnold contact;vault

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)


Nicole Lizée © Murray Lightburn

Quatuor Bozzini: Clemens Merkel violin John Corban violin Stéphanie Bozzini viola Isabelle Bozzini cello


36 Wednesday 26 November

Electric Spring @ 20 18 Electric Spring celebrates its 20 th anniversary in May 2015, having gone through many transformations over the years. For the first 10 years, under the co-directorship of Paul Archbold, Michael Clarke, Christopher Fox and Barry Webb, the festival promoted electroacoustic and live electronic music, mixing world premieres with classics of the genre, concerts with talks and installations.

Phipps Hall 7.30pm

Since 2005, Monty Adkins and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay have taken over the artistic direction, co-curating an increasingly diverse range of experimental concerts encompassing noise, circuit bending, improvisation, video music and multichannel electronic music, as well as talks, workshops and masterclasses, produced in association with the HISS (Huddersfield Immersive Sound System).

Monty Adkins + Jason Payne Rift Patterns

Michael Clarke Enmeshed 3 EUROPEAN PREMIERE

Alex Harker new work WORLD PREMIERE


Pierre Alexandre Tremblay Still, Again WORLD PREMIERE

Peyee Chen soprano Seth Woods cello

This programme showcases works by Electric Spring’s leading actors who, still based in Huddersfield, continue to push the boundaries of electronic music in the 21st century. Co-produced by the HISS and

supported by CeReNeM

© Stephen Harvey

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

Wednesday 26 November


Time With People, An Opera 19 presents the first complete performance of English composer Tim Parkinson’s Time With People, An Opera. Sounds, silence, movements, objects, soloists, chorus: these elements are isolated, intermingled and intensified to confound and concentrate our sense of how they function within and outside of the work itself, which is – following tradition – a collection of works: an opera.

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10pm Tim Parkinson Time With People, An Opera WORLD PREMIERE

edges ensemble

Produced by

© Tim Parkinson

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

38 Thursday 27 November

Trio Accanto 20

Produced by

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

St Paul’s Hall 8pm Brice Pauset Adagio Dialettico UK PREMIERE

Jo Kondo A Shrub Toshio Hosokawa Vertical Time Study II Hans Thomalla Lied UK PREMIERE

Andreas Dohmen Versi Rapportati UK PREMIERE

Trio Accanto: Marcus Weiss saxophones Nicolas Hodges piano Christian Dierstein percussion

Trio Accanto © Marc Doradzillo

Trio Accanto have been at the core of contemporary chamber music since 1994 and were joined by longstanding Huddersfield favourite Nicolas Hodges is proud to present the first UK in 2013. performance by the new formation, with Hodges, percussionist Christian Dierstein and saxophonist Marcus Weiss presenting a range of works written especially for the trio, from older works by Brice Pauset and Jo Kondo to one of the first performances of Andreas Dohmen’s recent work Versi Rapportati.

Thursday 27 November


Phil Minton / Simon H Fell 21 Phil Minton and Simon H Fell play Improvised Music: ‘improvised music’ in the sense that their music is spontaneously generated without predetermined structure, specified materials or defined programmatic intent and ‘Improvised Music’ in the sense that their music stems from the continuing development of the established quasi-genre of (European) Improvised Music (aka Free Improvisation or Non-idiomatic Improvisation).

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10pm Phil Minton voice Simon H Fell double bass

Their performances re-balance several traditional musical hierarchies; pitch- or rhythm-orientated vs. timbre-orientated structures, structureorientation vs. continuity-orientation, pitch-and/or rhythm-quantised material vs. interstitial ‘dirt’, and the mining or recuperating of raw materials vs. the presentation of commodified art objects. Produced by

Simon H Fell © Jo Fell

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

40 Friday 28 November

Monk Music 22 Directness, purity, asymmetry, and above all transparency have always been important to composer / performer Meredith Monk. The surface of the music is seemingly simple but the intricacy of detail and the combination of restraint and expressivity challenge the performer.

St Paul’s Hall 1pm

At the other end of the spectrum, Alvin Curran’s ‘extreme piano’ workouts impose different demands! Bruce Brubaker is well equipped to deal with both aesthetics – with his technical prowess matched only by his astonishingly delicate touch at the keyboard.

Meredith Monk Quarry Waltz

Meredith Monk Window in 7s Alvin Curran Inner Cities 2


Alvin Curran Endangered Species Meredith Monk Paris

Produced by

Meredith Monk Railroad (Travel Song)

Tickets £17 (£15 concession; £13 online)

Alvin Curran Hope Street Tunnel Blues III

Meredith Monk © Jesse Frohman

Bruce Brubaker piano

Friday 28 November


Plus-Minus 23 Phipps Hall 4pm Alexander Schubert Sensate Focus WORLD PREMIERE

Bernhard Lang DW23: ...Loops for Dr.X James Weeks Looping Busker Music Plus-Minus

Plus-Minus presents a concert of works especially written for the group, including the premiere of Alexander Schubert’s Sensate Focus, alongside recent pieces by Bernhard Lang and James Weeks. The programme features field recordings of street musicians, samples from a horror movie soundtrack, a synchronised light show and itchy loops. Produced by supported by Goethe-Institut London and Sensate Focus is commissioned by Kulturbehörde Hamburg

Alexander Schubert © privat

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

42 Friday 28 November

Strings + Drones 24 Three very different performances drawn together by immersive sound worlds and submerged and floating strings…!

Apartment House Apartment House perform a new rendition of Brian Eno’s 1975 seminal album Another Green World, preceded by a melodic-drone beauty of a work by eminent artist and Eno’s teacher Tom Phillips. A rare and special evening of experimental music from one of the world’s classic groups.

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 7.30pm

Produced by

Apartment House

Tom Phillips Ornamentik Brian Eno Another Green World

Monty Adkins + Britt Pernille Frøholm In Spiral Paths electronics are woven around Frøholm’s hardanger fiddle, acting as a hall of mirrors, reflecting the fiddle back on itself, or as an immersive sound world within which, like an ocean, the fiddle is both submerged and floats on the surface. The work also draws on a collection of new writings set in the Highlands of Scotland by Deborah Templeton. Produced by supported by Music Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy Spiral Paths is commissioned by Britt Pernille Frøholm with funds from the Norwegian Arts Council

The Loft @ Bates Mill 9pm Monty Adkins Spiral Paths World Premiere

Britt Pernille Frøholm hardanger fiddle Monty Adkins electronics Jason Payne video

Arne Deforce + Mika Vainio Unparalleled virtuoso cellist Arne Deforce joins forces with Pan Sonic’s brutalist minimalist Mika Vainio to present the UK premiere of Hephaestus – the God of Fire in Greek and Roman mythology. A fascinating journey in six movements through the netherworld of human extremity, presented as a combination of pure acoustic and electronic sources and realised in both physical and psychological manifestations. Produced by

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

Bates Mill Photographic Studio 10pm Arne Deforce + Mika Vainio Hephaestus UK PREMIERE

Arne Deforce cello Mika Vainio processing / electronics

Britt Pernille Frøholm © Alex Beldea

44 Saturday 29 November

Gareth Davis: Elliott Sharp 25 Gareth Davis gives the world premiere of Sylva Sylvarum, a new work by American multiinstrumentalist, composer and performer Elliott Sharp. Like its predecessor Foliage, the score for this piece was created by processing notation with graphic editing software to produce images. In Sylva Sylvarum, over 250 of these images have been sequenced and then layered with satellite videos of various regions of Earth to form an animated movie. In performance, foreground and background shift: the performer both manifests the music and provides the ‘underscore’ to the movie.

Phipps Hall 12 noon Elliott Sharp Sylva Sylvarum WORLD PREMIERE

Gareth Davis clarinet

Produced by

Elliott Sharp © Andreas SterzingSM

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

Saturday 29 November


BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Dillon 26 The world premiere of a large-scale orchestral work by renowned composer James Dillon is always a cause for celebration – and doubly so when that is delighted to work is premiered in the UK! present the premiere of Physis I & II, commissioned by the Orchestre de Paris, alongside a performance of Dillon’s piano concerto Andromeda by soloist Noriko Kawai and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, first premiered at the BBC Proms in 2006 to critical acclaim. The programme is completed by the UK premiere of Hèctor Parra’s most recent orchestral work, L’absència.

Town Hall 3pm James Dillon Andromeda Hèctor Parra L’ absència UK PREMIERE

James Dillon Physis I & II WORLD PREMIERE

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Steven Schick conductor Noriko Kawai piano

Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014 part of the Catalan series featured at

James Dillon

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

46 Saturday 29 November

Arditti Quartet @ 40 27

This is also a rare opportunity to hear Philippe Manoury’s Quartet 0, a very early string quartet from 1977, performed only a couple of times and recorded by the Arditti Quartet before being withdrawn by the composer. Philippe Manoury has given exclusive as a permission for it to be performed at birthday gift to the Quartet. Produced by

Tickets £22 (£20 concession; £18 online)

St Paul’s Hall 7pm Benedict Mason String Quartet No2 Liza Lim The Weaver’s Knot UK PREMIERE

Hilda Paredes Bitacora Capilar James Clarke Quartet No 3 Marco Stroppa new work WORLD PREMIERE

Philippe Manoury Quartet 0 Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti violin Ashot Sarkissjan violin Ralf Ehlers viola Lucas Fels cello

Arditti Quartet © Brian Slater

As a celebration of their 40 th anniversary, the Arditti Quartet present a concert featuring works written especially for them from their vast repertoire. The programme spans from older pieces selected from archive – including Benedict Mason’s the second string quartet, first performed at in 1993 – right through to the most recent works, including the UK premiere of a new work by Liza Lim, written for the Quartet’s birthday concert in Witten earlier this year.

Saturday 29 November


Carlos Casas: Avalanche II 28 The Loft @ Bates Mill 10.30pm David Toop electronics / alto flute / objects Camille Norment glass harmonica Orphy Robinson vibraphone / bass marimba Emi Watanabe Japanese transverse flutes Pia Palme contrabass recorder Jennifer Allum violin Ryoko Akama electronics / objects

David Toop, Camille Norment, Orphy Robinson, Emi Watanabe, Pia Palme, Jennifer Allum and Ryoko Akama bring Carlos Casas’ installation Avalanche to a close, performing live alongside the projection.

‘There is something about presence in Avalanche – and in all of Carlos Casas’ work – that human ability to be lost in the immensity of space, distance and the crackling of intangible ether talk, yet at the same time grounded in the everyday, in ritual and rhythmic, in the microaudial and what happens close to the dust.’ David Toop

Produced by supported by Institut Ramon Llull as 2014 part of the Catalan series featured at

Avalanche © Carlos Casas

Tickets £12 (£10 concession; £8 online)

48 Sunday 30 November

Arditti Quartet: Dillon 29 Two concerts devoted entirely to James Dillon’s string quartets, performed by the Arditti Quartet in chronological order. The Ardittis have had a close association with Dillon over the years – six of his seven quartets were written for them, and the first, second and fifth quartets were premiered by them at in 1983, 1995 and 2009 respectively – so this in the Quartet’s 40 th really is a fitting end to anniversary year.

James Dillon String Quartet No 3

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Part II

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Part I St Paul’s Hall 1pm James Dillon String Quartet No 1 James Dillon String Quartet No 2

St Paul’s Hall 5pm James Dillon String Quartet No 4 James Dillon String Quartet No 5 James Dillon String Quartet No 6 James Dillon String Quartet No 7 Arditti Quartet: Irvine Arditti violin Ashot Sarkissjan violin Ralf Ehlers viola Lucas Fels cello

James DIllon


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