Michael Finnissy: Dialogues

Thursday 17th November 2016 | 9.30am - 5pm

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield


About the symposium

This one-day symposium brings together invited academics from across the UK to discuss the contribution to British musical life made by Michael Finnissy, in the year of his seventieth birthday. Widely known as a composer who in his music directly and indirectly engages with a range of musical traditions, cultures and histories, Finnissy has also been an energetic and committed supporter of a large number of composers and musicians, especially in Britain, not least as a performer and teacher.

The symposium takes for its focus Finnissy and British music, as viewed through the prisms of performance and collaboration. Throughout the day attendees will be able to view the exhibition ‘Michael Finnissy at the British Music Information Centre’ (curated by Roddy Hawkins), experience the interactive multimedia tool ‘Evolution and Collaboration’ (designed by Amanda Bayley and Michael Clarke, with the Kreutzer Quartet), and interact with a selection of Finnissy sounds via the big curvy screen at the award-winning Heritage Quay, which hosts the British Music Collection. In a lunchtime concert in Phipps Hall, Christopher Redgate and Philip Thomas perform Finnissy’s Âwâz-e Niyâz for oboe/lupophon and piano.

The symposium is convened by Roddy Hawkins (University of Manchester) and Philip Thomas (University of Huddersfield) and promoted in collaboration with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the University of Huddersfield, University of Manchester and Music and Letters Trust.






Roddy Hawkins and Philip Thomas, with project overview from Amanda Bayley


Dialogues I

Roddy Hawkins (chair)

Out of the Air: Judith Weir's emergence in 1970s Britain

David Beard (University of Cardiff)

On Chris Newman’s organ music

Lauren Redhead (Canterbury Christ Church University)

On (not) closing the circle: Michael, Sadie, Laurence, Howard … lines of flight (and at least one smooth landing)

John Fallas (University of Leeds)




Lunchtime Concert (Phipps Hall)

Michael Finnissy
Âwâz-e Niyâz

Christopher Redgate (oboe/lupophon) and Philip Thomas (piano)


Dialogues II

On composer-performer collaboration

Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University)

Aspects of Finnissy’s Mozart Requiem Completion

Larry Goves (Royal Northern College of Music)





Michael Finnissy

Christopher Redgate

Philip Thomas

Roddy Hawkins (chair)




How to get there

Heritage Quay is located in the Schwann Building. The entrance is next to the University of Huddersfield Library and opposite the entrance to the Music department / Creative Arts Building.

Further information

Heritage Quay

University of Huddersfield map

Lunchtime recital




Attendees must register in advance.

To register, go to http://www.store.hud.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=1&catid=280&prodvarid=724

The symposium cost is £5. This small fee covers sandwiches and refreshments. (Regrettably, we cannot cater for those with food allergies.)

Tickets for the lunchtime concert cost an additional £5 and can be booked online or purchased on the door.