Introducing the next generation of Kirklees Young Curators

hcmf Young Curators

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival has been nurturing and showcasing new artistic talent for over 40 years through its annual 10-day festival of new and experimental music; with its latest initiative, they’re all set to give a big career boost to 6 local young curators.

The recently launched Young Curators Programme is an exciting new project to develop talent and leadership amongst the locally-based music programmers, promoters and curators of the future.

The 6 successful applicants are:

  • Claye Bowler, a visual artist based in Slaithwaite
  • Jake Burdass, founder of recording studio and events space Bassment in Huddersfield
  • Holly Czolacz, a freelance opera singer from Huddersfield
  • Bethany Holloway, a music tech student at Huddersfield University
  • Charlotte Roe, an artist and events manager at The Old Turk in Dewsbury
  • Monika Zlámalová, a promoter who runs a weekly open mic event at The Northern Quarter in Huddersfield

They will now embark upon a specially designed programmes tailored to their individual needs. In addition to training and mentoring from the experienced hcmf// team, the participants will also have the chance to develop new works that can be tested within the region, and presented to audiences at a future festival.

The Young Curators, who are already presenting cultural activity and events within their own communities and networks, will begin by attending events at this year’s hcmf// (runs from 15 – 24 November) so they can get first-hand experience of how the festival is run and to gain inspiration for their own events.

Throughout 2020, the Young Curators will continue to organise events in their own area with mentoring and some financial support from hcmf//. Then, at hcmf// 2020, they will work together to create a collaborative event which will be presented as part of the festival programme.

Commenting on the new Young Curators Programme, hcmf//’s Artistic Director, Graham McKenzie, said: “hcmf// has a long and successful track record of working with young people, new talent and emerging musicians, composers and performers; receiving funding for the Young Curators programme now gives us a fantastic opportunity to play an important role in identifying and nurturing the next generation of locally-based music curators and programmers, which is an essential element of building a world class music offer in Kirklees. Now we’ve found our budding curators, we’re really looking forward to starting work with them straight away.”

Kirklees Council has set out a vision for Kirklees to become a place where everyone can hear world-class music through festivals and events; where children and young people have access to excellent musical experiences and education; and where the next generation of musicians and music professionals are supported to build and sustain high quality careers, by providing access to the very best industry advice, career opportunities and performance routes.

The Leeds City Region Business Rates Joint Committee backed 20 projects in all with total funding of £12.9m.

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