International-facing contemporary music from Huddersfield

“Huddersfield Contemporary Records are fast becoming guilty of releasing more excellent discs than one can possibly keep up with.”

– Tim Rutherford-Johnson (music critic and author)


Founded in 2009, Huddersfield Contemporary Records (HCR) is a label devoted to new music. Based at the University of Huddersfield, and established in partnership between CeReNeM (the Centre for Research in New Music), Huddersfield University Press, and hcmf//, HCR features both established and emerging artists at the cutting edge of music making, including diverse innovations in instrumental composition, electronics, and free improvisation. HCR releases have been recorded and produced both in-house at the university and with a broad selection of professional partners, including hcmf//, ZKM, and Radio Bremen, and have attracted exceptional press attention for a label of its size. 


HCR produces outward-facing compilations, internationally contextualised but centred on new music in the UK. The label develops concept-driven releases, typically featuring a single performing artist and multiple composers, often drawing on the resources of CeReNeM’s industry partnerships and its international research network. HCR’s releases have featured some of the leading ensembles for contemporary music, including ELISION, EXAUDI, Apartment House, and the Nieuw Ensemble, as well as soloists and improvisors of international renown. The diverse range of composers presented on HCR includes Chaya Czernowin. Michael Finnissy, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Peter Ablinger, Rebecca Saunders, Christian Wolff, Liza Lim, John Cage, Georges Aperghis, Joanna Bailie, Katherine Young, Michael Parsons, Claudia Molitor, Brian Ferneyhough, Johannes Kreidler, and Richard Barrett, among countless others.


Since 2015, HCR has been exclusively distributed by NMC Recordings.





Director:                 Aaron Cassidy (a.cassidy@hud.ac.uk)

Manager:               Sam Gillies (cerenem@hud.ac.uk)

                                For press enquiries, please contact Sam Gillies

Phone:                   +44(0)1487 4471280

Address:                Huddersfield Contemporary Records

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