Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival announces full details of its Swedish partnership for 2022 festival

Lisa Streich [pictured] is hcmf// 2022 Composer in Residence:

  • wide ranging survey of her music includes a host of UK Premieres

Original voices in Swedish new music also represented in hcmf// 2022 include:

– Ann Rosén, Johan Svensson, Lisa Järnegard, David Granström, Sofia Jernberg

Swedish programme is supported by:

– STIM in collaboration with Stim Forward Fund, Export Music Sweden, Västra Götalandsregionen, The Swedish Composers’ Society and the Embassy of Sweden

Festival dates: Friday, November 18 – Sunday, November 27, 2022

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) 2022 takes its partnership with Sweden’s leading cultural institutions to another level with a wide-ranging survey of music by some of the most original voices in Swedish new music.

The partnership, begun in 2019 and paused during the two years of the pandemic, bounces back with the announcement of Lisa Streich as this year’s hcmf//Composer in Residence, with perhaps the most comprehensive survey of her work to date – music described as “of an enveloping beauty…physical, cruel and tender”. Performances, including a host of UK Premieres will be given by Ensemble Intercontemporain, Riot Ensemble, London Sinfonietta and Quatuor Diotima.

hcmf//‘s Swedish programme also takes in performances by composer, musician and artist Ann Rosén, works by Johan Svensson + Lisa Järnegard, performed by the virtuosic Heather Roche/Eva Zöllner duo, and a solo set by David Granström as part of a day dedicated to electronic music in partnership with the ORAM Awards on November 24.

And the Ethiopian-born Swedish experimental singer, composer and improviser Sofia Jernberg will take the artistic lead in Freedom to Move, a three-day creative intensive workshop with five UK-based singers across genres, to be selected through an open call. The workshop culminates in a public performance as part of hcmf// shorts. The concept (which is part of Sounds Now: will also be repeated at Ultima (NO), November Music (NL), and Onassis Cultural Centre (GR) with Sofia working with five singers in each country.

Hosted across an eclectic mix of traditional concert spaces, a vast industrial mill, churches and bars, hcmf// is the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music taking place annually over ten days in November and comprising over 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film and a related Learning & Participation programme.

The Swedish programme at hcmf// is supported by STIM (Council for the Promotion of New Music) in collaboration with Stim Forward Fund, Export Music Sweden, Västra Götalandsregionen, The Swedish Composers’ Society and the Embassy of Sweden.

Commenting on hcmf//’s Swedish focus, Sofie Marin, Director Cultural Affairs at STIM said:

“We are delighted once again to present a Swedish focus in close partnership with hcmf//. It will be a breathtaking continuation of the relationship, with absolutely stunning music and performances. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the comprehensive focus on Lisa Streich – the second Swedish Composer in Residence at hcmf//

Welcoming the renewal of the Swedish partnership, Graham McKenzie, Artistic Director of hcmf//, said:

“hcmf// is delighted to continue its relationship with our Swedish partners. The focus has brought so much great Swedish music to Huddersfield, from the virtuosity of Karin Hellqvist, the acute inventiveness of composer Malin Bang, and the sound world of Hanna Hartman – hcmf// Composer in Residence in 2019.

“We have wanted to work is Lisa Streich for some years now – and hcmf// is pleased that she will be the composer Composer in Residence for the 2022 festival with a programme that offers a wide ranging study of her work.”

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