Musical event to celebrate Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney’s creative connections with Belfast are to be celebrated at a special musical event in the city.

The closing concert of Belfast Music Week (November 11-17) will see the Ulster Orchestra perform music that both inspired the late Nobel Laureate poet and musical interpretations of his work.

Extracts of his poetry and written memoirs will also be recited at the event in the Waterfront Hall next month.

The organisers have characterised the concert as an “expression of civic gratitude” to the man they said placed the city on the cultural map.

Tickets, costing £15, go on sale on Wednesday, October 16. Visit or telephone 028 90 246609

Heaney, from Co Londonderry, died in Dublin in August after a short illness at the age of 74.

While he had made Dublin home in the later years of his life, many of his formative times were spent in Belfast.

He first moved to the city in the 1950s, where he studied and eventually lectured at Queen’s University.

Stuart Bailie, the coordinator of Belfast Music Week, said: “This event will be a meaningful finale to Belfast Music Week, remembering our greatest poet in the company of world class musicians, actors and writers.”

The busy music week programme also includes a special concert at the Ulster Hall where Van Morrison will play to fans after being granted the freedom of Belfast.

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