New Music Concert: A Theatre of Sound: Kathryn Williams, flute and Bastard Assignments

Brian Ferneyhough’s music pushes performers to the very edge of technical and expressive limits. When it’s played by Kathryn Williams, his music transforms into jaw-dropping physical theatre. For this one-off collaboration, Kathryn’s fearless style will perfectly complement Bastard Assignments – four composer/performers whose appearances over the last few years have left audiences shocked, amused and ultimately amazed. Their performances blend experimental music with outrageous spoken word and brilliantly choreographed use of space.

New Music Concert: Philip Thomas plays Feldman

Gently shimmering and unfolding like a sustained whisper, the music of Morton Feldman is like nothing else. Tonight, Philip Thomas will play Feldman’s final masterpiece, Palais de Mari. Allison Cameron is a major figure in Canadian music, and this will be the world premiere of a substantial new work, commissioned by Kettle’s Yard. Tirelessly dedicated to the promotion of new music, Philip will also play the violent virtuosity of Michael Finnissy, eccentric minimalism from Christopher Fox, and a taste of the great experimentalist Christian Wolff.

New Music Concert: Collections for Juliet: Juliet Fraser, soprano

This concert is a complete performance of Juliet Fraser’s latest solo album (on Huddersfield Contemporary Records) – four pieces all composed for her spectacular voice with only the accompaniment of electronics. It includes a world premiere from Sivan Eldar (commissioned by Kettle’s Yard), which promises to be a crystalline soundscape from this fascinating Israeli composer, alongside recent works by Lisa Illean (Australia), Nomi Epstein (USA) and Lawrence Dunn (GB). Such an international collection of composers indicates the esteem in which Juliet is held throughout the world.

New Music Concert: The Fabric of Music: Aisha Orazbayeva, violin and Mark Knoop, piano

The opening concert of this season includes a major work by one of Britain’s most intriguing composers. Bryn Harrison’s music is an everchanging texture built from beautiful shards of flickering sound, reminiscent of Morton Feldman, his main influence, whose own works were often inspired by the mesmerising patterns of Persian carpets. Simplicity is also at the heart of the Canadian Linda Catlin Smith’s music, and with Aisha Orazbayeva and Mark Knoop, we have two towering musicians who perform these pieces with robust commitment but immaculate delicacy.

Advent Sunday

The Polar Museum is now open 6 days a week, so there's even more chances to explore our wonderful collections. To celebrate our new Sunday opening hours, join the team for drop in festive family crafts, get hands on with our museum handling collection, catch up with some polar themed Christmas shopping and enjoy some delicious refreshments from our friends at The Rural Coffee Project.

Walking on Thin Ice: Co-operation in the face of a changing climate

In August 2019 we invited a group of Year 12 students from across the UK to curate a unique exhibition about climate change. We wanted to give a platform to young people, who are increasingly leading the conversation on climate issues, but whose voices aren't always represented by museums. We are now pleased to present their fantastic exhibition.

'Walking on Thin Ice' takes a look at contemporary research, as well as what is being done outside the scientific sphere, to address our changing climate. 

Tour: Jim Ede and India, reverberations in the Kettle's Yard House and Collection

Join Curatorial Assistant Alina Khakoo for a spotlight tour of South Asian stories in the Kettle’s Yard House. If Ede described the House as his ‘portrait’, then this is a chance to explore how his travels in British India and enduring connections with the South Asian subcontinent come to life in the art and non-art objects in the House. From textiles to a Tibetan yak bell, find out how the Kettle’s Yard collection manifests Ede’s sustained yet complex engagement with South Asia.

£5, booking recommended