Large Dutch line-up at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

The Dutch music scene is well represented at the 2018 edition Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 November. The festival, at the forefront of new and experimental music, often electronic and in combination with video or other forms of art, has recently signed a three year partnership with art fund Dutch Performing Arts. So a large Dutch presence at hcmf// is guaranteed for at least the next couple of years!

Dutch artists in Huddersfield

hcmf// is a leading contemporary music festival in Britain that draws artists and audiences from all over the world. There are around 50 events, including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film. Ten of these perfomances are by artists or ensembles from the Netherlands.

The Dutch line-up includes pianist Reinier van Houdt, who will take part in the world premiere of Investigations, a piece by hcmf// Composer in Residence Christian Marclay, performed by twenty pianists, and who will also give a solo performance - Ephemera 2, another composition by Christian Marclay.

Electric guitarist Aart Strootman and ‘chamber metal’ band TEMKO, both from the Netherlands, reimagine Terry Riley’s iconic work Shri Camel on new instruments especially built for the occasion.

Trumpeter Marco Blaauw’s The Monochrome Project brings together seven trumpets and a speaker to give the UK premieres of two works by one of experimental music’s most adventurous voices, the American composer Anthony Braxton.

MUTED is a collective work by four composers, including Louis Andriessen, written in sympathy for Amsterdam-based performer Monica Germino, a violinist who is suffering from hearing problems.

Tom Sanderman performs at hcmf// as both solo saxophonist and as a member of the experimental Ensemble Vonk.

Kluster5, from The Hague, with its unorthodox assembly of instruments and wayward influence from both jazz and pop, prove their versatility, performing five contrasting pieces written for them by emerging composers.

Dutch accordion duo TOEAC (Pieternel Berkers and Renée Bekkers) join forces with Amsterdam-based Scottish composer Genevieve Murphy to give the UK premiere of her thoughtful new work The One I Feed.

The Hague-based Ensemble Klang join forces with composer and sound artist Matt Wright for their performance at hcmf//’s latest, coolest venue, Magic Rock Tap Room.

Characteristic venues throughout Huddersfield

Venues where the perfomances take place include Huddersfield Town Hall, the Bates Mill Photographic Studio inside a former wool factory and St. Paul's Hall, a converted church that is part of the university campus. The events on Monday the 19th are all free of charge; on other days there are small entrance fees.

Warm relationship between hcmf// and the Dutch music scene

"The Netherlands and hcmf// have a long-standing and warm relationship", says Pieter Zeeman, Programme Director of Dutch Performing Arts. hcmf// recognises the innovative character of the Dutch music scene and many Dutch musicians, supported by Dutch Performing Arts, have the ambition to go internationally. hcmf//'s very first international partnership, in 2006, was also with a Dutch partner. That time there was a collaboration with the Utrecht-based Gaudeamus Muziekweek, a festival that still has good contacts with hcmf//'s Artistic Director Graham McKenzie.

More info about Dutch arts and culture in the UK?

Contact the Culture, Education and Communications department at the Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom via