RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons 2011
Featured composer: Philip Hammond
Celebrating his 60th birthday
FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT
Tuesday 10 May
National Concert Hall
1.05-2pm: The concert
12.30pm: Composer in Conversation
Philip Hammond talks to Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre.
The Composers in Conversation events take place in association with the Contemporary Music Centre.
The five works featured in Philip Hammond's programme are drawn from his compositional life between 1978 and 2005.
Speaking of his music and the works to be performed, Hammond says: 'I'd describe my music as "retro-romantic", totally accessible without a hint of incomprehensibility!'
This programme includes the flashy and eventually fast-moving Waterfront Fanfares, written for the opening of the Waterfront Hall in 1997; the light and airy Concertino for Flute and Strings, written in 1978 for James Galway; '.while the sun shines' (in memoriam H.H.H), using music connected to the great Irish conductor Sir Hamilton Harty. To conclude, ...the starry dynamo in the machinery of night..., the title of which is taken from Alan Ginsberg's Howl. The work was premièred at a special event in 2001 when President Clinton was being presented with an Honorary Doctorate by Queen's University Belfast.
Tickets and booking: Admission free to all Horizons events. Events are ticketed. Tickets available through the NCH box office in advance. Booking: 01 417 0000.