The Cutting Edge: New Music since 1945

Heritage Quay’s current exhibition celebrates classical music composed in the UK since 1945. Using the collections of four organisations which have done much to support young and emerging composers, the exhibition explores where and how new work was heard. Find out about performances in venues from concert halls to night clubs, consider public responses to new sounds, and see the influence of technological development on music. With photographs, scores, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings, programmes and more, the exhibition showcases a revolutionary 70 years of musical history.

The exhibition is based on four collections which we care for and make accessible at Heritage Quay, the archive service of the University of Huddersfield. The exhibition is the final piece in a series dedicated to our extensive music holdings programmed for Kirklees Year of Music. Find out more about our extensive music collections.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm until 12 January (closed 22 December – 3 January). The exhibition is free and can be found at the heart of the University of Huddersfield campus. For details of how to find us, see our directions page.

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