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
Roddy Hawkins (chair)
David Beard (University of Cardiff)
Lauren Redhead (Canterbury Christ Church University)
John Fallas (University of Leeds)
Christopher Redgate (oboe/lupophon) and Philip Thomas (piano)
Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University)
Larry Goves (Royal Northern College of Music)
Roddy Hawkins (chair)
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.
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.