Big names, big ideas and big partnerships were all in evidence this weekend as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival got underway.
The internationally renowned festival is now in its 37th year.
It brings musicians, performers and composers to the town from around the world for 10 days of events devoted to contemporary and new music.
The packed programme of more than 50 events includes concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film.
Many of the opening weekend events were sold out.
These included a concert tribute to the American composer Christian Wolff played by Czech-based ensemble, Ostravska Banda, making its first appearance at the festival.
The composer, who turned 80 this year, was in the audience at St Paul’s Hall to hear his work played.
The Lawrence Batley Theatre hosted the only UK performance of a new production of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera, Lohengrin.
The production premiered in Bergen last year and arrived in Huddersfield with the same performers.
They were Swedish singer Sofia Jernberg and an ensemble put together by nyMusikk Bergen which is Norway’s centre for new music and sound art.
In a weekend packed with big events, much excitement surrounded a second event at the LBT .
This saw progressive rock band Henry Cow reform in a tribute to former band member and composer Lindsay Cooper who died last year.
The concert offered a unique opportunity to hear some of Lindsay’s music played by some of the people for whom it was written.
They were Henry Cow, the band with which she toured for five years, Music For Films, formed to play concert versions of her film music and News From Babel, a song project which made several records but never toured.
Yesterday saw HCMF hit the road taking its innovative, high quality and progressive festival style to Wakefield.
The festival decided to mark another milestone musical birthday with a commission to celebrate the 70th birthday of saxophone player and composer Evan Parker.
The new piece, written by Parker and titled Twelve For Twelve Musicians, was performed at the Hepworth gallery.
The concert was recorded by BBC Radio 3 as were a number of other events during the weekend.
Full details of further festival events at www.hcmf.co.uk .