Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (HCMF) is the UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music. The festival attracts leading composers and performers from around the world for 10 days of events, concerts, talks and film, with an aim to introduce new audiences to the world of cutting edge experimental music. In addition to this, the Learning and Participation Programme plays a vital role in forging and developing relationships with a wide variety of local communities and seeks to break down barriers and perceptions surrounding new music.
The British Council works in partnership with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival to host international delegations to UK showcases. These visits enable overseas festival directors, promoters, producers and programmers to make connections with and meet their UK counterparts, see a wide range of innovative UK work, and provide the opportunity for networking.
We supported David Chisholm, the founder and director of Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, to attend the Festival in November 2015.
David tells us about his experience at HCMF below.