Radio 3 concert gives Derry composer world premiere

A Derry composer’s latest work will tonight premiere at St Cecilia’s College in a concert that will be recorded for BBC Radio 3.

Christopher Norby, who studied for a PhD at the University of Ulster, says his latest work combines “film music and contemporary classical sounds.”

His piece, entitled “A tale of fractured minds”, is one of two specially commissioned for the concert that will also feature the Ulster Orchestra and will showcase works by Prof. Frank Lyons, Brian Irvine, Ian Wilson and Dave Morris - all composers with close links to Magee.

The Derry composer says he began composing at the age of 15 “after listening to the film scores of Danny Elfman.”

“I loved his full, dark orchestral sound, and I worked towards learning how to write such music. I then attended university in order to acquire more skills and a better awareness of contemporary classical music.

“I think this new orchestral piece can be best described as a blend of film music and contemporary classical sounds. It was challenging and exciting to write for such a large ensemble, but always fun and rewarding.

“I’m looking forward to the live performance on Tuesday.”

Tonight’s show, which will feature around 70 musicians under conductor, Jurjen Hempel, exclusively features works by composers who are closely associated with the University of Ulster and Magee.

It will be recorded as part of the ‘new music’ content on Radio 3’s primary contemporary music weekly programme, ‘Hear and Now’, to be broadcast at a later date.

A new piece, entitled “ Unbreakable” - by Magee’s professor of music Frank Lyons has also been commissioned by Radio 3, and will be performed tonight.

Complimentary tickets are available at the door. The concert gets underway at 8pm.