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Project information

Frozen Music

As part of our Iannis Xenakis focus at this year’s hcmf//, we would love to present a performance of 'Polla ta Dhina' by Xenakis for children’s choir and orchestra. We need to raise £10,000 to make this happen – giving local children a unique performance opportunity with a professional orchestra!

November 2011 - November 2011

Charity information: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

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  • Need


    There is a strong tradition of music making in Huddersfield, but not all children and young people have equal access to these opportunities. They also have limited opportunities to explore new music or perform alongside large-scale ensembles.

    Polla ta Dhina by Iannis Xenakis is rarely performed, possibly because it is a relatively short piece (about 6 minutes) which requires large forces (over 60 people) to perform it!


    We will bring together children and young people from the local area to form a special children's choir and explore the music of Iannis Xenakis in more detail. Working with the Manchester Consort, they will perform Polla ta Dhina at Huddersfield Town Hall as part of hcmf// 2011 on Sunday 27 November.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Perform Polla ta Dhina at hcmf// in November 2011 with a specially formed local childrens choir


    » Run six creative workshops to prepare for the performance. Participants will learn about Xenakis’ music through fun, practical music-making activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be a high quality performance to a large audience, as well as a meaningful learning experience around new music for participants.

  • Impact


    We hope to bring about the following long-term changes for participants:

    New vocal and performance skills
    Improved confidence and self-esteem through performing as part of a prestigious event
    New ensemble and team-work skills as a choir
    Knowledge about a key figure in new music
    New experience of singing with an orchestra

    Success will be defined as half of the choir (10 children) going on to join other vocal ensembles in the area.


    There is a risk that we could fail to recruit enough children to take part in the performance. We have dealt with this risk by fostering good relationships with local schools and music organisations to help us spread the word.


    Funders of this project will receive an invite to the performance on Sunday 27 November and will receive a full project evaluation after the project, as well as an audio recording of the performance.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £900 Music Leader Fee for 6 x rehearsals / workshops
      £10,000 Orchestra Orchestra fee for full rehearsal & concert
      £750 Technical Technical staff & equipment for concert
      £850 Management Recruitment, Publicity, Project Evaluation, Music Hire

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Young Voices Foundation £900 Guaranteed
    hcmf// core funds £1,600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Huddersfield is, perhaps, an unlikely location for a major international music festival, as it is not a major city. It may have begun as a result of the location of the founder director but it is now firmly entrenched in the fabric of the Festival. In 2008 hcmf// carried out an audience research programme that confirmed Huddersfield as an important element of the Festival.


    The primary beneficiaries will be 20 children who have not the opportunity to take part in a performance of this nature before. Other beneficiaries will be the audience members, who will hear a rarely-performed work presented in the grandiose setting of Huddersfield Town Hall.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    hcmf// aims to make new music accessible to increasingly varied audiences and participants. Our Learning & Participation programme plays a vital role in forging and developing relationships with a wide variety of local communities. hcmf// offers creative musical experiences for participants whilst providing direct contact with high-profile, high-quality artists. Since 2006, hcmf// has worked with over some 6000 participants across 46 projects, and in 2010 was short-listed for an RPS Music Award

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Heidi Johnson

    Heidi is hcmf//'s Learning & Participation Officer and will be responsible for delivering this project.

Sound Playground workshop from hcmf 2010

Sound Playground workshop from hcmf 2010


will pay for a professional musician

I learnt how to use my voice in different ways, to open my mind to different music and I met lots of new people!

hcmf// young participant