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Heaney celebrated at music event

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

The closing concert of Belfast Music Week 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.

Heaney, from Co Derry, 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 where 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 the legendary Belfast born artist Van Morrison will play to fans after being granted the freedom of the city.

For more information log onto www.belfastmusic.org , www.ulsterorchestra.com or email jeff@jeffrobinsonpr.com

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