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Sounds Classical

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 November 2013

A live relay of the Ulster Orchestra's concert in tribute to Seamus Heaney. The evening will focus on Heaney's Belfast years as a student, published poet and young married teacher.

  • Here's the full lineup of programmes from our Heaney Weekend

    The Waterfront Hall concert is just one of a range of programmes across a special weekend on BBC Radio Ulster examining and celebrating the life and work of Seamus Heaney. The full running order is as follows.




    Your Place And Mine 0805 - 0900


    In a special outside broadcast, Anne-Marie McAleese explores the landscape which nurtured Seamus Heaney, about which he wrote so vividly and where his body now rests. What is left of the world Heaney in which grew up? Conor McKay visits Barney Devlin at the blacksmith’s forge that inspired Heaney's poem "The Forge" and Anne-Marie goes on a Heaney walking tour. Plus live music and guests.


    Gardeners' Corner 0903 - 0930


    Michael Longley reads The Harvest Bowl.


    Heaney SJ 1130-1200


    Marie-Louise Muir visits St Columb’s College in Derry where Seamus Heaney was a pupil to find out how he is remembered there and to listen to current pupils read their favourite Heaney poems.




    Sunday Sequence 0830-1015


    William Crawley presents the programme live from Bellaghy Bawn, an amazing visitor centre which contains many original Heaney artefacts. With his guests, William will be exploring the complexities - political and religious - in Heaney’s work.


    Morning Worship comes from Bellaghy 1015-1100



    Brian D'Arcy 1103-1200


    In a pre-recorded interview, Brian D'Arcy will be talking to one of Seamus Heaney’s brothers, Hugh, about growing up with Seamus, and about how the family is coping with his loss. Heaney wrote the poem "Keep Going for Hugh."


    Radio Heaney 1305-1330


    For many years, beginning in the early 1970s, Seamus Heaney presented many colourful programmes for radio in which he explored the Ulster landscape. In this programme, John Toal presents a compilation of highlights.


    Sounds Classical 2003-2200


    A live relay of the Ulster Orchestra’s concert from Belfast’s Waterfront Hall in tribute to Seamus Heaney. The evening will focus on Heaney’s Belfast years as a student, published poet and young married teacher in a city full of promise. The evening is presented by Stephen Rea.

    Musician Neil Martin will give an interval talk on Seamus Heaney’s relationship with music.


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Family Memories of Seamus Heaney


Brian D'Arcy talks to the poet's brother Hugh about childhood and memories of Seamus

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