Perhaps the most consistently and fearlessly challenging of UK new music labels … releasing some of the most unforgettable stuff I’ve heard this year" - Simon Cummings, 5:4

Founded in 2009, Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) is a label devoted to new music. Based at the University of Huddersfield, and established in partnership between CeReNeM (the Centre for Research in New Music), Huddersfield University Press, and hcmf//, HCR features both established and emerging artists at the cutting edge of music making, including diverse innovations in instrumental composition, electronics, and free improvisation. HCR releases have been recorded and produced both in-house at the university and with a broad selection of professional partners, including hcmf//, ZKM, and Radio Bremen, and have attracted exceptional press attention for a label of its size.

HCR produces outward-facing compilations, internationally contextualised but centred on new music in the UK. The label develops concept-driven releases, typically featuring a single performing artist and multiple composers, often drawing on the resources of CeReNeM’s industry partnerships and its international research network.  

Since 2015, HCR has been exclusively distributed by NMC Recordings. Browse the entire catalogue at


Three Descriptions of Place and Movement

Quatuor Bozzini

Bryn Harrison


Temporality of the Impossible

Dejana Sekulić, solo violin

Music by Clara Iannotta, Dario Buccino, Rebecca Saunders, Liza Lim, Evan Johnson, Cathy Milliken, and Aaron Cassidy


Singing in Tongues

ELISION Ensemble

Liza Lim, operas and vocal works 1993–2008


Smoke, Airs

Wet Ink Ensemble

Charmaine Lee | Bryn Harrison | Kristina Wolfe | Pierre Alexandre Tremblay


spilled out from tangles

Juliet Fraser (soprano)

Lisa Illean | Sivian Eldar | Nomi Epstein | Lawrence Dunn


Coming Up For Air

Kathryn Williams (flute)

40 works for a single breath, including contributions from Chaya Czernowin, Oliver Coates, Amber Priestley, Andy Ingamells, Larry Goves, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Mary Bellamy, Stephen Chase, Mauricio Pauly, and Brian Ferneyhough



ELISION Ensemble

Richard Barrett | Timothy McCormack | Liza Lim


Speak, Be Silent

Riot Ensemble, Sarah Saviet (violin)

Chaya Czernowin | Anna Thorvaldsdottir | Mirela Ivicevic | Liza Lim | Rebecca Saunders



Quatuor Bozzini, Philip Thomas (piano), Sarah-Jane Summers (fiddle)

Bryn Harrison | Mary Bellamy | Monty Adkins


Beyond Pythagoras

Monty Adkins, Paulina Sundin, Jonny Axelsson, Stockholm Saxophone Quartet


Phantom Images

Katherine Young, Chris Mercer, Charmaine Lee & Sam Pluta, Aaron Cassidy



Apartment House, Philip Thomas (piano)

John Cage | Christian Wolff


Patterns of Connection

Instrumental Music: 1962-2017

Apartment House, Philip Thomas (piano)

Michael Parsons




Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer (flute), Marcus Weiss (tenor saxophone), Hildegard Kleeb (piano)

Peter Ablinger


The wreck of former boundaries

ELISION Ensemble, Wu Wei (37-pipe sheng), Peter Evans (trumpets), Tristram Williams (trumpet, quartertone flugelhorn)

Liza Lim | Aaron Cassidy



Carl Rosman (clarinets)

Rebecca Saunders | Richard Barrett | Mauricio Kagel | Georges Aperghis | Chikako Morishita | Aaron Cassidy


Beat Generation Ballads

Philip Thomas (piano)

Michael Finnissy


Shrouded Mirrors

Diego Castro Magas (guitar)

James Dillon | Brian Ferneyhough | Michael Finnissy | Bryn Harrison | Wieland Hoban | Matthew Sergeant


πτελέα | Ptelea

Heather Roche (clarinets)

Aaron Einbound | Chikako Morishita | Martin Iddon | Martin Rane Bauck | Pedro Alvarez | Max Murray


The Knowledge Of Its Own Making

Phil Minton (voice), Simon H. Fell (double bass)


Zeta Potential

Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble 10/10, Icarus Ensemble




Joanna Bailie | Aaron Cassidy | Stephen Chase | Richard Glover | Bryn Harrison | Claudia Molitor | James Weeks


In Search of the Miraculous

Nicolas Bernier | Mark Bukowiec | Rose Dodd | Barbara Ellison | Jamie Fawcus | Sten-Olof Hellström | Paulina Sundin | Dominic Thibault


Nothing but the Hours

Geoffrey Cox, Keith Marley


Strange Forces

ELISION Ensemble

Richard Barrett | Aaron Cassidy | Liza Lim | Timothy McCormack | Klaus K Hübler | Evan Johnson



ELISION Ensemble

Mary Bellamy | Bryn Harrison | Aaron Cassidy | Liza Lim


Extended Piano

Sebastian Berweck (piano)

Johannes Kreidler | Michael Maierhof | James Saunders | Benjamin Lang | Thomas Wenk

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Huddersfield Contemporary Records
Richard Steinitz Building, Room 1/30
University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield HD1 3DH 
United Kingdom