IT’S going to be another vintage year of cutting edge international music from around the globe.

That’s the verdict on this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival from its artistic director Graham McKenzie.

Graham has been at the helm for six years and says; “I am particularly delighted that many elements of this year’s programme are both rooted in, and inspired by, Yorkshire’s rich musical heritage.

“We celebrate Yorkshire’s strong choral tradition with the UK premiere of composer in residence Maja S K Ratkje’s Crepuscular Hour– involving 72 singers from the University of Huddersfield, the Royal Northern College of Music Chamber Choir and The 24 from York.

“ We are also very proud to present a special piece by saxophonist and composer John Surman for the award winning Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir – alongside the cream of European contemporary music.

“In these difficult economic times, we also celebrate the £1.2 million economic impact the Festival has on the area each year, and hcmf// is proud to shine a light on the North of England and present it to overseas guests and visitors in all its glory. “With something for everybody at this year’s festival, I hope audiences discover experiences to surprise and delight them at every turn.’