HomePlace takes inspiration from Death of a Naturalist this October

September 26, 2016

Compelling classical music and award-winning authors form part of an impressive line-up of drama, recitals, concerts and musical performances lined up for the first weekend of the new autumn season at Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Bellaghy.
Newly released events for October at the new arts and literary centre, which celebrates the life and literature of Seamus Heaney, take their inspiration from Heaney’s first published collection, Death of a Naturalist, with particular emphasis on arguably one of the poet’s most popular works, ‘Mid-Term Break’ during the course of the weekend of 7th – 9th October.
Audiences can look forward to a talk by award-winning novelist and poet Michel Faber, whose acclaimed new poetry collection, Undying: A Love Story, confronts the loss of his wife Eva, who died of cancer in 2014. Faber talks about his work, and considers the challenges faced by artists like Heaney and himself in translating grief into art.

Highlight of the weekend (Friday 7 October 8.30pm and Saturday 8 October 7.30pm) is a performance of Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, a moving song cycle that sets to music five poems by Friedrich Rückert on the death of his children (no stranger to such tragedy, Mahler himself lost eight siblings during their childhood). Performed by the Meccore String Quartet, one of Poland’s most compelling young ensembles, the recital promises to be a deeply moving exploration of Mahler’s powerful work.
On Saturday 8th October, the Meccore Quartet brings the sound of strings to HomePlace for a very special morning concert featuring Death and the Maiden, Schubert’s great testament to death and one of Seamus Heaney’s favourite works. This award-winning ensemble from Poland are dedicated to bringing classical music to fresh audiences in imaginative new settings.
Ahead of the publication of his book ‘Ireland: The Autobiography’ John Bowman, one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters and historians gives us a sneak peek. Drawing on a remarkable new anthology, this event which takes place on Saturday 8th October aims to provide an evocative sense of the world into which the young Heaney was born in 1939.
A guided coach tour of the landscape made famous by Seamus Heaney’s poetry in the company of local man, accredited tour guide and Heaney specialist Eugene Kielt, will take place on Sunday 9th October, exploring the ‘home ground’ in which Seamus Heaney was rooted and which so influenced his poetry.
To end the first weekend of the new season on Sunday 2 October, audiences are taken out of HomePlace and into four local churches for a not to be missed performance of Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘The Play Way’ and TS Eliot’s the Four Quartets, both works inspired by Beethoven. 
Download the full programme here. To book tickets, click here or call Seamus Heaney HomePlace box office on 028 7938 7444