The Cutting Edge: New Music from 1945 exhibition opens at Heritage Quay

Heritage Quay have just opened their new exhibition The Cutting Edge, a celebration of scores, manuscripts and more, including items from our very own British Music Collection.

Now open to the public, Heritage Quay’s current exhibition The Cutting Edge: New Music from 1945 celebrates classical music composed in the UK since 1945. Using the collections of four organisations which have done much to support young and emerging composers, the exhibition explores where and how new work was heard. Find out about performances in venues from concert halls to night clubs, consider public responses to new sounds, and see the influence of technological development on music. With photographs, scores, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings, programmes and more, the exhibition showcases a revolutionary 70 years of musical history.

The exhibition is based on four collections, including the British Music Collection, which Heritage Quay, the archive service of the University of Huddersfield, care for and make accessible. The exhibition is the final piece in a series dedicated to their extensive music holdings programmed for Kirklees Year of Music. Read more about Heritage Quay's music collections.

The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 8am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm until 12 January (closed 22 December – 3 January). The exhibition is free and can be found at the heart of the University of Huddersfield campus. Details about how to get there are on the Heritage Quay website

Image: A selection of the items on display at the exhibition, Heritage Quay, 2023.

Read about Beyond the Edge, commissioned by Sound and Music in partnership with Heritage Quay to celebrate the exhibition.
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