Whilst music composition is always advancing into new territory, the wealth of pre-existing music (including that of the recent past) grows ever more substantial. This presents opportunities and challenges to the thinking musician who seeks to bring a unique combination of knowledge, understanding and imagination to their realisation.
The University of Huddersfield, partly through its strong link with HCMF (which it hosts each year) and CeReNeM (HuCPeR's fellow research centre) is at the forefront of new music explorations. At the same time, there is a deepening and widening enquiry into the performance of historical music. By investigating the ‘why, who, where and how’ elements of both contemporary and historical performance, we seek to inspire ourselves and others to re-evaluate the meaning of the musical act.