New music festival to work with asylum seekers

New music festival to work with asylum seekers


norman lebrecht

October 07, 2014

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Press release:

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival launched its new ‘Health and Wellbeing’ strand of work earlier this month, with a twelve week project running weekly creative sessions with refugees and asylum seekers at The Reach Project in Huddersfield, and local community participants at Huddersfield Mission. The funds that the hcmf// team raised by cycling from London to Paris in July is directly funding the project, alongside a Big Lottery Fund grant.

Part of the Festival’s Learning & Participation programme, the new project, Momentumstarted on 2 September, and is running in partnership with Huddersfield Mission and The Reach Project, Huddersfield. The project will be led by award-winning music and health practitioner Georgina Aasgaard, and will focus on building participants’ confidence and self-esteem as well as exploring emotional and physical issues through creative music-making.

Georgina is a regular practitioner working with Liverpool Philharmonic as lead artist for their work with Mersey Care NHS Trust, as well as being a mentor for music and health practice with Live Music Now. She also regularly performs as a cellist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. Georgina will be supported by Sam Hodgson, who is a HOOT Creative Arts trained artist.



  • Ellingtonia says:

    We could do with any money going into musical education in schools here in Huddersfield rather than wasting on “raising the self esteem” of so called asylum seekers (read economic migrants). But I am sure these migrants will welcome with open arms an introduction to the soothing works of Harrison Birtwistle, Brian Fernyhough and James Dillon…………

  • Paul simmons says:

    Musik til fest is most enjoyable for every one and mostly I really enjoyed it alot. I always find such festivals for became a part of that. Thanks to this information.