Belfast born composer Sheridan Tongue has produced a unique orchestral version of his soundtrack for the landmark BBC documentary series Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History which will be performed by the Ulster Orchestra on Wednesday 9 October in the Ulster Hall, Belfast at 7.30pm.
This live performance which is part of a special BBC Invitation Concert of music and readings entitled ‘Yearning for the Light’ will be simulcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle.
Sheridan Tongue says:
“I feel very privileged that the Ulster Orchestra will perform extracts of my Troubles soundtrack as part of this special concert to reflect the events and legacies of Northern Ireland’s past. Working on this special orchestral arrangement brought back wonderful memories of when I last performed at the Ulster Hall myself back in 1985 as a member of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and City of Belfast School of Music. As a teenager growing up in Belfast, attending Ulster Orchestra concerts were a major part of my life, feeding my soul with their music, so I’m really looking forward to hearing the Ulster Orchestra perform my work next week.”
The Yearning for the Light concert will explore themes of conflict, loss, remembrance and hope, it has been developed around music that was commissioned for recent BBC television programmes about the Troubles, including Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret History and Lost Lives and will conclude with a new commission from Neil Martin, Richard Hill, Mark Gordon and Charlie Graham that looks to hope for a more peaceful future at home and around the world.
The Ulster Orchestra will be conducted by David Brophy. Readings will be by well known actors and the concert will be presented by John Toal.
To apply for tickets go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/invitation_concert_9oct19