Junior LCoM to perform at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Note: This article refers to Junior LCoM, the former name of Leeds Junior Conservatoire. by Emma Greveson | 24th November 2017

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In 2016 Junior LCoM was invited to take part in Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//). We immediately thought what a fantastic opportunity this will be for us, so we jumped at the chance! This year, it is the 40th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary and new music. 

This is an international event and delivers performances of cutting edge music composed by world-class composers. The festival is recognised by BBC Radio 3, and in 2007 the whole of Radio 3's December programming was devoted to hcmf//. 

Not only is the experience great for our young musicians' CVs, but hcmf// also provides an opportunity to work with professional composers and musicians, experience in the contemporary music scene and performing in an unfamiliar venue. It is an opportunity for our students and staff taking part to network with artists and composers, and create a relationship between Junior LCoM and hcmf//.

Since the beginning of October, Ben, Stefan, Evie, Louis, Tom, Stanley, Rebecca, and Kieran have been working together on a piece in preparation for their performance at hcmf//. The piece that they will be performing has been named 'The Persistence of Memory'. 

Ben Gaunt on The Persistence of Memory:

"Dali's famous 'melting clock' painting is an appropriate title for this hour-long concert, combining material that is both improvised and composed (individually, and in collaboration). Both 'time' and 'memory' are at play here; the piece is fairly extensive, fragments of material reappear at various points during the hour, in different forms and various contexts."

  Working on this project:

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Karen Gourlay (Head of Junior LCoM)

Karen initially studied jazz at Leeds College of Music, she continued her studies at the University of Leeds and has a first class honours degree in music. Awarded a distinction for the MMus in composition,she studied with Sam Hayden, Martin Watkins, and most influentially, Philip Wilby. She has just completed MSc at the University of Huddersfield in Technology Enhanced Learning. Her research project looked at how instrumental teachers can use technology to support teaching and learning. 

As a composer, Karen is a former winner of the Yorkshire Composers' Competition and her work has been performed internationally, including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Sydney Festival, the Royal College of Music, and the USA. She was commissioned by Youth Music to write an ensemble scheme for the so called 'endangered species' group of instruments.  Breathless for low flute quartet has been performed performed in Chicago, Warwick and Washington DC. Dreamscape for flute and guitar is recorded by Carla Rees and David Black  and broadcast on Radio 3. Her work is published by Forton Music and Tetractys Publishing.




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Liam Brigg (Junior LCoM Practitioner and Short Course Tutor)

Liam Brigg is a composer, pianist, organist, journalist and teacher. He recently received his MMus at Leeds College of Music, under the tuition of Jacob Thompson-Bell and Ben Gaunt. He has also received additional private lessons with Gavin Bryars.

Born and raised in Leeds, Liam learned the piano from his Grandfather and spent his formative years performing locally. His works have been broadcasted by Chapel FM, and performed at events such as Leeds Lieder Festival and Light Night. He has also written for the New Music Collective at Leeds College of Music, Juice Vocal Ensemble and the Peerson Project at Leeds University.

Liam is an experienced music teacher, educating adults and children in a variety of group and one-to-one settings. As a writer, Liam has contributed to the first edition of Volume, an outlet published by the Student Union at LCoM. He has also written CD sleeve notes for Cherry Red Records.

What are we doing there?

Saturday 25 November:

Visit to Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2 - 5pm - A chance to see behind the scenes, observe world-class composers and ensembles in rehearsal and explore new sounds in a percussion workshop.


Sunday 26 November:

Workshop with Fritz Hauser  - A chance to work with world-class composer on the piece that has been written for this project, giving young musicians a chance to shape their final performance.

Performance at Huddersfield Town Hall 4pm - 5pm - Tickets are free, and the concert is open to all to attend.

Funding is vital to what we do, and thanks to The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, Junior LCoM have had the chance to take part in this fantastic opportunity.

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