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Classical of the Week: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, various venues


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