Classical of the Week: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, various venues
Saturday 10 November 2012
Located in the West Riding birthplace of rugby league, this festival has always scrummed down with the roughest, toughest players on the new-music scene.
The 35th-anniversary event includes celebrations of American maverick John Cage (in his centenary year), German neo-expressionist Wolfgang Rihm (in his 60th birthday year) and Danish postmodernist Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (in his 80th).
Highlights include the EXAUDI choir and Ensemble musikFabrik in the UK premiere of Rihm's modern Passion setting Vigilia; solo violinist Irvine Arditti performing Cage's Freeman Études; and avant-garde pianist John Tilbury joining flautist Carla Rees and percussionist Simon Allen in Morton Feldman's For Philip Guston.
It kicks off with a portrait of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, followed by a late-night pairing of free improvisation group SPUNK and the real-time interactive video/pencil-line performance piece Palimpsest.
(01484 430528; hcmf.co.uk) Fri to 25 Nov
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