Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is one of the leading new music events in Europe. In 2020 it was virtual and we meet some of the artists and composers who took part.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is one of the leading new music events in Europe, which gives a platform to cutting-edge and experimental compositions and performances. Held annually each November, this hugely popular ten day event hosts around seventy concerts and sees more than four hundred musicians descending on the market town of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire in the north of England.
However due to the global pandemic, HCMF’s 2020 season had to be a virtual affair and Nikki Bedi talks to some of the artists and composers who took part.
Music and Sound Artist Auclair tells us about how her mother’s escape from Rwanda has inspired her piece Munganyinka is a Transformer.
Clarinettist Heather Roche on the challenges of playing duets when your musical partner is stuck in another country
Percussionist Lamine Sonko explains the rhythms of hyenas and why they’re important symbols of Senegalese culture.
Pianist Noriko Kawai on how Greek mythology inspired her interpretation of the piece Echo the Angelus during lockdown.
GBSR Duo, George Barton and Siwan Rhys, explain making music out of a children’s game
And Artistic Director Graham McKenzie tells us what it’s like putting on a major international series of concerts in the middle of a pandemic
Produced for the BBC World Service by Andrea Kidd and Nancy Bennie
(Photo: Auclair. Credit: Sophia Schorr-Kon)