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Kenneth Hesketh

MMus (Ann Arbor), ARCM (PG), Dip RCM

Kenneth has received numerous national and international commissions and has worked with leading ensembles and orchestras in the USA, Far East and Europe.  He is a professor of composition at the Royal College of Music, honorary professor at Liverpool University and active as a guest lecturer.  

He has received numerous national and international commissions, including the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, a Faber Millennium Commission for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group premiered under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko, BBC Philharmonic conducted by Vasilly Sinaisky, Hans Werner Henze and Endymion Ensemble (in honour of Henze's 75th birthday), Munich Biennale, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Michael Vyner Trust for London Sinfonietta, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Opera Group, Britten Sinfonia, ensemble Psappha and Kissinger Sommer Internationales Musikfestival.

Between 2007 to 2009 Kenneth was Composer in the House (Royal Philharmonic Society/ PRS Foundation scheme) with the RLPO. He has been represented at festivals from London (Proms) to the USA (Tanglewood/Bowdoin) to China (Beijing Modern Music Festival).  

His work has been recorded by BIS, NMC, London Sinfonietta, Psappha and Prima Facie labels; an NMC recording (titled Wunderkammer(konzert), released in 2013) was devoted to large ensemble and orchestral works. A disc of Hesketh's piano music performed by pianist Clare Hammond was released by BIS in 2016; in the same year the Prima Facie label released a chamber music disc performed by the Continuum Ensemble. All discs were released to critical acclaim.

His works are published by Cecilian Music, Schott & Co, Novello and Faber Music.  

Selected Compositions/Publications

Hesketh K. (forthcoming, 2022), 'Ex uno plures - Composing for solo instruments' in T Young (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Composition, Cambridge University Press 

Hesketh, K. (2021) Carmina Tempore Viri (Songs in Time of Virus) for Upper voices, Harp, Organ and Desk bells, published by Cecilian Music, broadcast 11th June 2021 BBC3 In Concert. [LINK]

Hesketh, K. (2018) In ictu oculi - three meditations for wind ensemble. [LINK]

Hesketh, K. (2015) Inscription-transformation.for solo violin and orchestra [LINK]


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Faculties / departments: Composition, Research


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Kenneth Hesketh

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