A series of seven concerts to mark Norway’s centenary anniversary of its independence from Sweden will take place at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Rolf Wallin will be in residence in Huddersfield; his music will be performed by Bergen-based BIT20 Ensemble, whilst Norway-based Nordic Voices perform a UK premiere of his music for electronics and voices, along with a kaleidoscope of pieces by the young generation of Norwegian composers. A second Wallin UK premiere is presented by Cikada and Frode Haltli, alongside a first performance of music by Eivind Buene, one of the most fascinating young composers in Norway’s thriving new music scene, a world premiere from Jo Kondo and music by a fellow Japanese composer, Toshio Hosokawa.
Lasse Thoresen’s hour-long fusion of folk and classical traditions, Løp, Lokk og Linjer is performed by BIT20 Ensemble and Music by Trond Olav Reinholdtsen, plus new pieces by Chris Dench and Matthew Shlomowitz, are performed by asamisimasa - one of Norway’s most vibrant new music groups.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf) is the UK’s foremost festival of contemporary music, featuring a programme of more than 50 events over 10 days in November each year, at venues in and around Huddersfield town centre. Under Guest Artistic Director, Tom Service, 2005 sees the 28th festival deliver a rich mix of concerts, solo recitals, music for voice, dance, film, multimedia presentations, electro-acoustic performances and installations.
Artists, composers and performers from around the world choose hcmf to showcase their work; the programme offers numerous UK and world premieres, commissions of new work, a host of performances that can’t be seen anywhere else in the UK and the chance to hear celebrated composers talk about their work prior to its performance by virtuoso musicians.
The 28th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival runs from 17 - 27 November.