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Seamus Heaney & Greece

Featuring Hellas Ensemble, The Ulster Orchestra and Catherine Heaney.

Event Details


15 December 2023 19:30


Carlisle Road Methodist Church - Derry~Londonderry

An intimate evening of music and poetry exploring Seamus Heaneys relationship with Greece, Featuring Hellas Ensemble , The Ulster Orchestra and Catherine Heaney.

Fri 15th Dec 2023

Carlisle Road Methodist Church Derry

7.30pm ( Doors - 7pm)

Price - £18.50 +bf

Due to the intimate nature of this event, please allow time to arrive and be seated as there will be no admittance once the doors close at 7.30pm. Seating is unreserved.


Seamus Heaney made two journeys through Greece, where he delighted in the landscape's classical connections as well as its unchanging physical beauty. One journey in 1995 took him to Sparta and Pylos, where news of the Nobel Prize win eventually filtered through. Another, in 1997, included visits to Olympia and Delphi. Heaney drew on these travels to write six Sonnets from Hellas, which joyfully interweave ancient and modern Greek themes as well as intimations of his native Ireland.

The resulting verses are a glorious Greek-Irish fusion which veer between the playful, the tragic and the transcendent.  The inspiration for Hellas Ensemble...

After a hugely successful first showcase in the north of Ireland and an international premiere at Irish Wings Festival, Paxos, Greece, Hellas Ensemble will now present their Heaney-inspired works for the first time with The Ulster Orchestra.

Following a short historical and contextual address by author, journalist and Hellenophile Bruce Clark, the seven-strong Hellas Ensemble, with compositions from Nikos Petsakos and Martin Coyle (arranged by Paul Cutliffe), will be joined by The Ulster Orchestra and Catherine Heaney with interspersed readings of each of the 'Sonnets from Hellas'. The evening will also premiere new works inspired by the Hellas Ensemble's own recent journey into Greece.

Curated and produced by Music Capital, Lúminare showcases the beauty of the maiden city by hosting events in some of its most iconic buildings and unique locations.

Carlisle Road Methodist Church
21 Carlisle Road

BT48 6JJ



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