In place of the 10-day festival, we are working on producing a variety of programming across a number of online and broadcast platforms, to take place during what would have been hcmf// 2020’s opening weekend (Friday 20 – Sunday 22 November). Further specific announcements about the programme will be made later in August.
In the meantime, we’re pleased to announce that the Israeli-American composer Chaya Czernowin, who we had announced as hcmf// Composer in Residence for 2020, has accepted the festival’s invitation to become Composer in Residence for hcmf// 2021. We’re looking forward to working with Chaya on a wide-ranging exploration of her work, including new commissions.
hcmf// set up a COVID-19 fundraising project to help fund five £1,000 commissions for five UK-based artists to create a 15-minute work to be presented at a future edition of the festival. The open call for proposals attracted over 200 responses and you can find out about the successful artists here. In partnership with Riot Ensemble’s Zeitgeist initiative, we have commissioned solo works from six artists for members of The Riot Ensemble, which will be premiered online during hcmf// 2020 through Zeitgeist’s online space, with the first live performances at hcmf// 2021.