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Peters Composers At Huddersfield

Ferneyhough, Dillon, Saunders and Nordin feature at HCMF2013
The 36th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival will this year take place from Friday 15th to Sunday 24th November 2013 with a programme featuring UK and World premieres of a number of works by Peters composers.

Brian Ferneyhough, who this year celebrates his 70th birthday, Rebecca Saunders and James Dillon will be in attendance at the festival for the performances and to participate in talks.

Ferneyhough’s liber scintillarum, which premiered in Darmstadt in 2012, will receive its UK premiere on Saturday 16th November, in a performance by Ensemble Linea to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 10.30pm. The following day, on Sunday 17th November at 12pm, Quatuor Diotima present the world premiere of Ferneyhough’s Schatten aus Wasser und Stein at St. Paul’s Hall. The performance will be preceded by a free talk with Ferneyhough at 11am. And on Friday 22 November, pianist Nicolas Hodges will play a programme for solo piano, featuring Ferneyhough’s classic Lemma-Icon-Epigram.

The world premiere of Rebecca Saunders’ Solitude for solo cello will take place on Tuesday 19th November at St. Paul’s Hall in a performance by French cellist Séverine Ballon. Prior to the performance of this piece, specially commissioned by the festival, Saunders will give her own pre-concert talk to discuss the close relationship between composer and performer crucial to her practice.

James Dillon is due to give a talk on Saturday 16th November prior to the UK premiere of his New York Triptych by Scottish ensemble Red Note. The piece had its world premiere in Darmstadt in July 2012, followed by the US premiere in New York in September of the same year. The two previous instalments in this series, The Leuven Triptych and Oslo/Triptych, also received their UK premieres at the festival in 2009 and 2011. Dillon’s 1981 piece Parjanya-Vata also features in the programme for Séverine Ballon’s concert on 19th November.

Finally, composer Jesper Nordin’s new work Premonition will premiere in a concert introducing new Swedish music by Swedish duo Faint Noise, appearing at the festival for the first time.

Other works published by Peters Edition will also be presented at the festival, including Christian Wolff’s Duet I and John Cage’s Winter Music in a concert for two pianos by Philip Thomas and Mark Knoop.

Further details about the festival and information on buying tickets can be found at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival website

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