International arts festival artistic director William Galinsky has been appointed as Artistic Programmer for Year of Music 2023.

William specialises in creating arts festivals and projects deeply rooted in a sense of place, community, and shared stories. His experience of commissioning and producing ground-breaking new projects across art forms and cultural place-making, make him the ideal choice for Artistic Programmer.

As part of the Yorkshire region’s plans for a Year of Culture in 2023 Kirklees has designated it as a Year of Music due to its rich musical heritage. Everyone from Kirklees and afar will be welcome to experience the year-long diverse programme of music.

Kirklees is a place where everyone can hear world-class music through our festivals and concerts. Not only are we home to the UK’s largest contemporary music festival, but many of our towns and villages also hold annual festivals including folk, jazz, and the Huddersfield Carnival! Music is the beat of our heart, the sound of our communities, and it is the pulse of our towns and villages. As Artistic Programmer, William will ensure that the programme for Year of Music 2023 has a coherent narrative and story that fits within all communities of Kirklees.

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said;

“The knowledge and expertise William can bring to this role makes him the ideal person to take on the role of Artistic Programmer, enabling us to promote and celebrate the variety of music from across Kirklees.

“William’s addition to the Year of Music team will ensure a diverse programme of events giving our residents the opportunity and space to encounter new and traditional music from across the borough.”

William Galinsky, Artistic Programmer for Year of Music, said:

“I am thrilled to be working on Kirklees Year of Music as Artistic Programmer. I grew up in Leeds and West Yorkshire and the region is very close to my heart. I’ve always wanted to give something back to the region which gave me so many of my early opportunities.”