UK/Australia Season at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Date 18 - 27 November 2022
Location Multiple Venues, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Huddersfield, UK

The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music

10 thrilling days in Huddersfield this November. Experience contemporary music at its most inventive, impressive and exciting in concert halls, studios, mills, churches, theatres and other captivating spaces.

The 45th edition of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) runs from Friday 18 November – Sunday 27 November 2022. This year, there will be a UK/Australia Season 2021-22 showcase at hcmf// with performances by the Australian Art Orchestra, chamber ensemble Decibel and Speak Percussion. For the full programme details and to book tickets, visit



Australian Art Orchestra: Solos
Friday 25 November, 4:00 pm
Bates Mill Photographic Studio

Celebrating its 25th year in 2019, the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) commissioned a series of solo improvised performances – a series now being released as a triple album on its own imprint. The recordings present the distinctive, idiosyncratic personal instrumental languages that AAO consists of up close. This concert features three of those soloists, toasting the release and providing the opportunity to experience the innovations of AAO collaborators first-hand. Helen Svoboda weaves vocal tessiture with arco bass harmonics to create a beguiling polyphony. AAO artistic director Peter Knight brings his distinctive approach to the trumpet, using breath and tones processed by a range of delays and tape loops. Aviva Endean closes out the event creating immersive sound worlds with prepared and modified clarinets and lo-fi electronics. More


Saturday 26 November, 12:00pm
St Paul’s Hall

This concert features works written for Australian chamber ensemble, Decibel, by the founder and artistic director Cat Hope. Hope’s music is characterized by a focus on aleatoric elements, drone, glissandi, and low frequency sound is notated digitally as animated notation: in colour and in motion, read from networked iPads. This program, featuring music from the six-year period 2012 – 2018, features acoustic and electronic combinations that include subtone parts, live signal processing and co-composed approaches. More

Fresh Water – Salt Walter (2022) (60’-70’) UK Premiere
Saturday 26 November 2022, 8:00 pm
Bates Mill Blending Shed

A suite of 4 works, collectively composed by Helen Svoboda, Peter Knight, Martin Ng, Aviva Endean, Daniel Wilfred, David Wilfred, Mandhira de Saram and Cath Roberts. Fresh Water – Salt Water is a bilateral collaboration between the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) and hcmf// to commission and present four new works by Australian and UK composers performed in both countries. The ensemble features Yolngu traditional songmen, David Wilfred and Daniel Wilfred from Arnhem Land (NT), along with an ensemble of leading Australian musicians in creative collaboration with British composer/performers Mandhira de Saram and Cath Roberts. More


Polar Force – Agglomeration of Measurement
Sunday 27 November, 4:00 pm
Huddersfield Town Hall

Polar Force – Agglomeration of Measurement is a survey of work, spanning 15 years, articulating some of the creative relationships surrounding Eugene Ughetti’s percussive language and a 21st-century Australian percussion sound. The program features recent experimental compositions focussing on individual traditional percussion instruments including the woodblock, drum, cymbal, gong, and the body itself.

Situated within the remarkable white inflatable structure that also houses Speak Percussion’s installation Array, this solo percussion event unfolds as a choreographed, immersive, multi-channel sound experience. This touring version of the project has been directed by German-born, Sydney-based choreographer Martin del Amo and features his movement work for solo, silent percussionist, Inaudible. More


Polar Force – Array
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Huddersfield Town Hall

Speak Percussion present Polar Force – Array, an eight-channel sound installation expressing the experience of a remote Antarctic research station through the convergence of sound, site and performance. The result is an immersive and affective experience of the spaces, protocols and conditions comprising the bracing polar environment.

Polar Force – Array features recordings of radar and scientific instrumentation used for upper atmospheric research and terrestrial communication. These sounds reveal the sophisticated technology and architecture used and heard within the Australian Antarctic Territory. Many of the recordings focus on the way the built environment is transformed through stress and fatigue caused by extreme climate and weather events including freezing temperatures and high velocity winds. More

About hcmf//

  • The UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music. hcmf// is an annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need.

    hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation, and to be an active cultural partner within the region.