The archive of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival from its founding in 1978 mainly up to 2005. The series of festival programme books, (HCMF/EV), is up to date.
The archive is a major resource for international contemporary music composition and performance.
The festival is currently (2017) branded as hcmf//. It is referred to in this catalogue as the festival.
The main series of records are:
governance - minutes of the Board of mangement, Annual General Meeting papers and Annual reports and accounts (HCMF/CP/1)
administration - business plans, reporting and correspondence (HCMF/CP/1/2)
presenting the festival - materials to support selecting and managing the programme including contract files for performers, schedule planning paperwork and details of venues (HCMF/CP/2)
Festival programmes - a complete set giving a full picture of performances at each festival (HCMF/EV)
financial records - budget analysis across years, complete accounting records for 2003-2004, fundraising activities including grants, advertising and sponsorship (HCMF/FN)
publicity - press releases, reviews and awards received (HCMF/MD)
marketing - marketing reviews, audience research, ticket sales analysis, posters, branding, a banner and audio-visual promotional material (HCMF/MK)
audio-visual recordings - submitted by artists as part of performance proposals, in CD, cassette, DVD, video and vinyl formats. (HCMF/RE)
scores - submitted by artists as part of performance proposals. In hard-copy format (HCMF/SC)
educational activity - details of work done with children and young people during festivals and records of the Young Composers' award for emerging artists. (HCMF/TL)
The archive presents only a partial record of the festival up to 2005. The only series which survive complete (or nearly complete) are the festival programmes (HCMF/EV) and the press reviews (HCMF/MD/2). All other series are incomplete including board minutes, annual reports and accounts and planning and reporting. Full details of dates covered are in the catalogue.
The covering dates of the archive are given as 1976-2016. The archive does contain a small number of items, including scores, which date back to 1964. The covering dates are intended to describe the main bulk of the archival record of the festival. The Young Composers' award (HCMF/TL/2) was founded in 1976 and formed one of the main parts of the festival which was inaugurated in 1978.
There are large series of audio-visual recordings (HCMF/RE), scores (HCMF/SC) and composer and performer details (HCMF/CP/2/6 and HCMF/CP/2/7). These were maintained by the festival as a research resource to support selecting the festival programme. It is clear that these series do not represent the entire life of the festival, but it is not clear what proportion of the festival programming they cover.
Similarly there is a large series of contract files relating to composers and performers at the festival (HCMF/CP/2/1). It is not clear how complete this series is.
The records of the Young Composers' award (HCMF/TL/2) have a complete record of winners from the first competition in 1976 to 2000 (with a gap for 1980). Other records about the award are incomplete.
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This archive has been catalogued using 'more product, less process' methodology, which means that descriptions do not attempt to describe each item in the archive in detail. Descriptions give detail to enable the researcher to identify a bundle or box containing items of interest. Volunteer support has enabled full name-indexing of the series of contract files (HCMF/CP/2/1), composer biographical details (HCMF/CP/2/7), audio-visual recordings (HCMF/RE) and scores (HCMF/SC). A text search within the catalogue (for example for 'Boulez') will return all references to a composer or performer in those series.
The festival programmes (HCMF/EV) have not been indexed.
To find out what was performed at each festival use the series of festival programme books (HCMF/EV) which are organised by year and give the full programme. The unit of production is the annual bundle. There is also a list of works performed at festivals 1978-2005. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
The archive is a major resource for international contemporary music composition and performance. Festival administrators maintained research materials sent in by artists with proposals for performances. These comprise scores, audio-visual recordings and biographical details and lists of a composers' works and performers' repertoires. (HCMF/CP/2/6, HCMF/CP/2/7, HCMF/RE, HCMF/SC). These series have been fully name-indexed and a text search will return references to a composer or performer.
The series of contract files relating to composers and performers (HCMF/CP/2/1) has also been name-indexed. This series contains personal details about living individuals and access may be restricted under data protection legislation.
The founding artistic director, Richard Steinitz, produced analyses of several festival aspects and these are contained in the archive. They comprise:
Budget analysis, comparison and forecast 1985-2002 (HCMF/FN/1/1)
ticket sales analysis 1982-2001 (HCMF/MK/2/1)
performances given at the festivals 1978-2007; for example premieres, and organised by composer, some performers and by type eg choirs and vocal groups. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
a full list of works performed at festivals 1978-2005. (HCMF/CP/2/6)
Papers relating to the origins of the festival can be found at: HCMF/CP/1/1 and HCMF/FN/3/2/2
Visual materials include:
the series of festival programmes which record the festival branding throughout its history (HCMF/EV)
drawings and images of festival venue layouts (HCMF/CP/2/3)
festival volunteers' uniform clothing (HCMF/CP/2/5)
composers' biographical details (HCMF/CP/2/7)
awards presented to the festival (HCMF/MD/4)
festival and concert posters (HCMF/MK/3/1) - a large series of posters at different sizes. 6 of these have been digitised and an electronic version is attached to the catalogue record
festival branding (HCMF/MK/3/2)
festival banner (HCMF/MK/3/3)
video recordings (HCMF/RE/4 and HCMF/MK/4)