Music

Music forms one of the most important strengths of the Heritage Quay collections owing to the rich and diverse musical life of the Huddersfield area. From the cutting edge performances of hcmf//, the UK’s largest international festival of new and experimental music, to the history and tradition of the region’s musical societies (Incorporated Society of Musicians, Huddersfield Branch) and ensembles (Slaithwaite Brass Band, Goldberg Ensemble) as well as the comprehensive specialist collections (Early Music, British dance bands).

Linde Consort (Early Music consort), Basel.
Linde Consort (Early Music consort), Basel.
Socialist Brass Band, Huddersfield.
Socialist Brass Band, Huddersfield.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

It is this vivid musical tradition that brought the prestigious British Music Collection to the University in 2010. Containing over 60,000 scores and recordings of 20th and 21st century British music, this archive represents a treasure trove of musical creativity and innovation. Whether exploring the works of high-profile composers such as Britten, Tippett, Birtwistle, Weir, Maxwell Davies, and Turnage, or investigating the unpublished or currently emerging composers on the contemporary music scene, a wealth of inspiration awaits.

 

First HCMF poster, 1978.
First HCMF poster, 1978.
BBC Singers performing at Huddersfield Town Hall, HCMF 2003.
BBC Singers performing at Huddersfield Town Hall, HCMF 2003.
Sir Lennox Berkley at the British Music Information Centre, 1980s.
Sir Lennox Berkley at the British Music Information Centre, 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catalogued Collections

British Music Collection – http://heritagequay.org/archives/BMC/

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/HCMF/

Robin Adams Early Music Collection – http://heritagequay.org/archives/EMC/

 

Uncatalogued Collections

British Dance Band Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/BDB/

Incorporated Society of Musicians, Huddersfield Branch Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/ISM/

Goldberg Ensemble Archive – http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=goldberg+ensemble+archive

Slaithwaite Brass Band Archive http://heritagequay.org/archives/?keyword=slaithwaite+brass+band

 

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