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Yearning for the Light

50 years since the start of the Northern Ireland Troubles, John Toal introduces Yearning for the Light: an evening of music and readings on the theme of conflict and its aftermath.

Marking 50 years since the start of the Northern Ireland Troubles, John Toal introduces a live concert from the Ulster Hall in Belfast with soprano Ruby Hughes, Codetta choir and the Ulster Orchestra, conducted by David Brophy.

Featuring music and readings on the theme of conflict and its aftermath, it will incorporate new music commissions from BBC programmes about The Troubles, including an upcoming film Lost Lives. The concert will reflect on the cost of violent conflict and hopes for a more peaceful future. It will also deal with experiences that are both local and universal, immediate and timeless.

Marina Tsvetaeva - ‘I know the truth – give up all other truths’
Barry Rose (arr. Graeme Stewart): Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation
Katharine Tynan - The Long Vacation
Mozart: Lacrimosa from The Requiem
Paul Muldoon -The Boundary Commission
Derek Mahon - Afterlives (extract)
Neil Martin: Miserere – Vitae Ereptae
Ciaran Carson - Home
Michael Longley - The Civil Servant
Sheridan Tongue: Extract from The Troubles Suite
Leontia Flynn - The Radio (extract)
Local schoolchildren - Short Prayer for Peace
Henryk Górecki: 2nd Movement from Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

Interval (20 mins)

John Hewitt - Neither an Elegy Nor a Manifesto (extract)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Extracts from ‘Pilgrims Progress'
Robert McLiam Wilson - Eureka Street (extract)
Richard Hill: Weave
Michael Longley - Ceasefire
Karl Jenkins: Sanctus from The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
Jan Carson - The Fire Starters (extract)
Frank Ormsby - Derelict Building, Limestone Road
Karl Jenkins: Angus Dei from The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace
Billy Collins - The Dead
Paula Meehan - The Seed
Arvo Pärt: Fratres
Sinead Morrisey - Guardians
Seamus Heaney - The Cure at Troy (extract)
Neil Martin & Score Draw: Yearning For The Light (BBC NI Commission)

Ruby Hughes (soprano)
Codetta (choir)
Ulster Orchestra
David Brophy (conductor)
Michelle Fairley, Stuart Graham, Ali White, Ian McElhinney (readers)

21 days left to listen

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D major, Op 6 No 5

    Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter.
    • ARCHIV.

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