Monday, 6 July 2020

Six commissions announced for a future Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as part of the Riot Ensemble's Zeitgeist commissioning project

Six commissions announced for a future Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival as part of the Riot Ensemble's Zeitgeist commissioning project
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and the Riot Ensemble have announced six commissions as part of the ensemble's ongoing Zeitgeist commissioning project, intended as a response to lockdown, and intended to keep music flowing. The Riot Ensemble has joined forces with contemporary on-line gallery, Zeitgeist, and the six commissions will be presented on-line through Zeitgeist, and through the ensemble's YouTube channel. And the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has committed to presenting the new works at a future edition of hcmf// Shorts.

Each composer will write a solo work for one of the Riot Ensemble's musicians:
  • Matthew Grouse for percussionist Sam Wilson
  • Anna Appleby for saxophonist Amy Green
  • Tanya Auclair for bass clarinetist Ausiàs Garrigós Morant
  • Hannah Kendall for cellist Louise McMonagle
  • Tonia Ko for violist Stephen Upshaw
  • Heloise Tunstall-Behrens for pianist Adam Swayne
"As the pandemic continues to bring about major complications for working musicians, we’re proud to join forces with the Riot Ensemble in finding practical solutions for artists, bringing about new paid opportunities for musicians, as well as unique showcases of their work"   - Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Further details from the festival website.

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