Kirklees Council has big plans for 2023, as part of the Yorkshire regions plans for a year of culture, a Year of Music for Kirklees.
As part of the Year of Music preparations, the council has organised a pre-launch event on 22 September at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. This free pre-launch event will feature a mixture of live performances, food and drink from local businesses, welcome speeches, and keynote speaker Shain Shapiro.
Shain is the Founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, the leading global advisor on growing music and night-time economies in cities and places.
He is also the Managing Director of The Center for Music Ecosystems, a global non-profit, which focuses on understanding and advancing music ecosystems to foster more sustainable communities.
Performers on the evening include: Deadbeat Brass, a fusion of New Orleans jazz, funk, grunge and Latin grooves; Huddersfield Community Gospel Choir, who bring audiences together through life-affirming roots and gospel music; Musica Youth Strings, the widely recognised string section of Musica Youth Orchestra who have had phenomenal success at the National Festival of Music for Youth. More will be announced in the run-up to the event.
Following the pre-launch event, there is also an after-party at The Parish, Huddersfield featuring live music from The Lovely Eggs.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said:
“The pre-launch event for the 2023 Year of Music is just a taste of things to come, throughout the evening there will be live performances showcasing the diversity and quality of music in Kirklees.
“We want the whole of Kirklees to come together as a community to celebrate the Year of Music, this is just the beginning. Behind the scenes, our teams have already begun working together to develop partnerships and collaborations within our music community, and encouraging everyone to experiment, learn, listen, and enjoy.”
Qaisar, Chair of the Music Partnership Board, said
“The year of music is a fabulous opportunity to bring together the diverse and creative talent that exists in Huddersfield and beyond to a broader audience. Through music we will ensure the growth of creative opportunities, mental health and wellbeing and boost the local economy.
“Music is unique in the way that it moves people beyond language, crosses cultural boundaries and connects us emotionally. This is a real opportunity for lovers of music and the creative community to speak with one voice”
Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, said:
“I am so proud to be supporting the launch of the Kirklees Year of Music 2023 this week in Huddersfield. West Yorkshire boasts enough talent and creative flare to rival anywhere in the world and the Year of Music 2023 is set to showcase the most diverse music Kirklees has to offer, cutting across all genres, communities and forms.
“We have some of the finest creative and cultural people, festivals, and destinations right here in West Yorkshire, and our communities are rightly proud of this. As part of my manifesto, I pledged to champion a Creative New Deal that puts the creative industries at the heart of our region and our broader economic recovery strategy. Not only will this support our growing talent, but will also kick start our local economy and bring people back into our fantastic towns and cities.”