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Star-Cross'd Lovers

Supported by ABO Resonate

Event Details


06 December 2024 19:45


Ulster Hall - Belfast

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Prokofiev, Wagner & Kenneth Hesketh

Prokofiev Selections from Romeo & Juliet

Wagner Prelude: Tristan und Isolde
Kenneth Hesketh Uncoiling the River
Prokofiev Selections from Romeo & Juliet


A tragic love story is perfect for the drama of ballet and opera – if not for the story’s protagonists! Prokofiev’s ballet depicts the most infamous ‘star-cross’d lovers’ of them all, Romeo and Juliet, with music that is a brilliant realisation of Shakespeare’s play and some of Prokofiev’s most memorable and instantly appealing work, while Wagner’s Prelude from Tristan und Isolde is a lushly hypnotic, yearning depiction of two more tragic lovers, this time from Renaissance romance. Pianist Clare Hammond performs Kenneth Hesketh’s Uncoiling the River, a piece which loops round itself, sinuous and labyrinthine, and explores our perception of the passing of time.
The Ulster Orchestra is grateful to the PRS Foundation’s Resonate Fund, which supports the performance of Kenneth Hesketh’s Uncoiling the River 

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Clare Hammond & Kenneth Hesketh

Listen to an excerpt from Uncoiling the River.

Following a summer packed full of debuts at BBC Proms, Hay and Cheltenham Festivals, a recording with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Clare Hammond, described by Gramophone magazine as a 'pianist of extraordinary gifts,' joins the Ulster Orchestra for a performance of Kenneth Hesketh's Uncoiling the River

Hesketh creates a dramatic soundscape that triggers the imagination. In the five-minute work the composer packs in a range of textures and colours creating a vivid and immersive auditory experience.
Hesketh's work may be familiar to devotees of Ulster Orchestra alumni Jac van Steen who conducted the composer's Inscription-Transformation in a recording featuring Janet Sung and the Britten Sinfonia released in 2019. The Ivor award-winning composer has collaborated with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seattle Symphony. 

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