As part of the Yorkshire region’s plans for a Year of Culture in 2023, Kirklees has designated it as a  Year of Music for the district, shining a light on the richness and diversity of music today, inclusive of all genres, all communities and in all forms.

We will welcome visitors from across the district and from afar to our year-long programme that will create a vibrant sound track played in the hearts and homes in all our towns and villages. 

In 2023, everyone will be able to encounter music in welcoming and friendly spaces and places; everyone will invited to be part of our music community, and everyone will be encouraged to experiment, learn, listen and enjoy. 


Kirklees is proud to be ambitious and proud to put music front and centre of its contribution to the regional Year of Culture programming.

Year of Music 2023 will bring about transformational changes through an approach that is innovative and inclusive; not only making and celebrating world class music in the district, but also making our music – and the benefits it brings – far more accessible, to far more people.

Alongside creating a thriving music sector and a strong and safe night time economy, we will focus on building world class music education, training and skills, as well as unlocking the potential of music to enhance both physical and mental health and wellbeing.


Delivering our Year of Music is a tall task that will need the collaboration and commitment of many people and organisations: musicians and composers, promoters and programmers; music festivals, venues and events; students and teachers, amateurs, professionals, music makers and music lovers.

Year of Music 2023 is of Kirklees, about Kirklees and from Kirklees.

We look forward to making it happen together!

Find out who’s already working in partnership across the music sector.

If you would like to get involved or have an idea that you would like to discuss please email music@kirklees.gov.uk.


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