The University of Huddersfield’s School of Arts and Humanities is hosting a number of innovative workshops and events as part of Kirklees Year of Music.

Called ‘Cultures of Sound’, it will see researchers and staff showcase collaborations and boundary-pushing experiments in sound. For more information click HERE.

Huddersfield already has a reputation for innovative and historically significant music practices and this programme will allow practitioners to consider ‘sound’ as broadly as imagination allows.

Continuing on from Cultures of Place which took place across The Piazza and Queensgate Market in Huddersfield town centre, the Bath House Galleries and café in Sovereign Design House will act as a hub for the Cultures of Sound programme, with exhibitions and events taking place across the University of Huddersfield campus and the wider Kirklees area.

This Grade II-listed former foundry bath house was recently refurbished and reopened, serving as a popular café and meeting spot opposite the Barbara Hepworth Building.

All the events below are free and open to all:

13.03.23 Measuring Sonority & Identity in the Pop Music Accent, Oastler Building, University of Huddersfield: Have you noticed how your accent and tone changes singing in different genres? This workshop on Monday March 13 with linguistics PhD candidate Ryan Gibson invites you to find out how, why and explore your own individual pop music singing style. There are three slots of 1hr 30mins across the day and following the event, you will be sent a visual summary of your singing style – your intuitions will be put to the test and the results may well surprise you! 🟡

16.03.23 Electric Sufi, Phipp’s Hall, Steinitz Building, University of Huddersfield: Drawing on ancient spiritual traditions Electric Sufi is a new project by Satnam Galsian, instrumentalist Mina Salama, and producer Professor Chill, creating a syncretic mysticism that inspires audiences to find common ground within climate change. A lunchtime immersive performance is followed by an optional masterclass with the musicians which would usually only be open to UoH students. 🟡

19.03.23 – 08.04.23 Sonic Palette, Bath House Galleries, University of Huddersfield: SABIWA is an experimental electronic producer and performer. In collaboration with a.m.e – an internationally recognised arts organisation founded by UoH graduates – Cultures of Sound hosts a residency and exhibition. 🟡

23.03.23 The Message Inside Sound, Holocaust Centre North, University of Huddersfield: Unlike the eye, our ears do not close themselves. This talk from Dr Eddie Dobson will discuss the power of sound for speaking directly to the subconscious. This talk takes place at 10am, feed your head to start the day, then spend some time with Daria Martin’s ‘Afterimages’ film installation, and fascinating archival displays telling the story of Holocaust survivors and refugees who made new lives in the North of England. 🟡

3-5.04.23 The Outspoken Pilgrim, Heritage Quay & Greenhead Park: In 2023 we celebrate 650 years since visionary & mystic Margery Kempe was born. Join Leah Stuttard for a series of activities to learn about the music Kempe might have heard and explore how singing and walking can produce wellbeing now just as they did in centuries past. 🟡