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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. (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

Research

Research areas

Composition

 

Research students

Edwin Hillier

Enrica Sciandrone

Maksim Stsura

 

Latest Publications

Hesketh, K. (2022) Ex uno plures: composing for solo instruments. In: The Cambridge Companion to Composition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (In Press)

Hesketh, K. (2019) Horae (pro Clara). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2018) In ictu oculi - three meditations. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2018) Inscrizione (derivata) (a lie to the dying). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2018) Men rejoice! [Phillips arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2018) Uncoiling the river. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2017) Of time and disillusionment. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2016) Concerto salmigondis. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2016) Mini-prélude en éventail [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2016) Rêverie. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2016) Élégie. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) Because I could not stop for death. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) Hände: das Leben und die Liebe eines Zärtlichen Geschlechts. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) Inscription-transformation. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) Nowell sing we both all and sum. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) SPIKE (I & II). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) The alchymist's journal (variants for brass band). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2015) The lullaby of the land beyond (in fond memory of Oliver Knussen). [Composition] (Unpublished)

Hesketh, K. (2014) Au gré des ondes [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) Barbiglio (derivato). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) Entanglements (dance scenes). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) IMMH. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) Knotted tongues. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) Oracles and chimeras. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) San Francisco night [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2014) Three movements from Theatrum [two piano version]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2013) Enter, Spring. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2013) Fugue and toccata [Ravel arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2013) Notte oscura [version for piano four hands]. [Composition] (In Press)

Hesketh, K. (2013) We three kings of Orient are [Hopkins arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2013) What if...? (op[f]er) [version for piano four hands]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2013) The mechanical Turk. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2012) Chronicles of the time (lamentations from Macbeth). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2012) Danceries (set II) [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2012) Forms entangled, shapes collided. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2012) Heu, heu, heu...eine kleine ausschweifende Feier. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2012) The doctrine of affections. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) The backbone of night: mechanisms of evolution in Henri Dutilleux's 'Ainsi la nuit'. Contemporary Music Review, 29 (5). pp. 463-483. ISSN 0749-4467 (print) 1477-2256 (online)

Hesketh, K. (2011) Away in a manger [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Danceries (set II) [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Diatoms (I-IV): the four horsemen. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Gabriel's message [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) God rest ye, merry gentlemen [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Poetic conceits. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Point forms (after Kandinsky). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Pour Henri. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Rumpole and Father Christmas: after the short story by John Mortimer. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2011) Sisyphus’ punishment (Die Bestrafung des Sisyphos). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) Bethlehem down. [Composition] (In Press)

Hesketh, K. (2010) Die hängende Figur ist Judas (Drei Perspektiven). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) Hark! the herald angels sing [Mendelssohn arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) O come all ye faithful [Wade arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) Once in royal David's city [Gauntlett arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) Through magic casements. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2010) Ungaretti settings. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Head in the clouds: three songs of nature. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) La morte meditata (Death meditated upon). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Now well may we merthis make. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Shimmerwords and idle songs (selected poems of the Tang Dynasty). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Small tales, tall tales: a Grimm sequence. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Torturous instruments. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) Vecherinka for 6 pianos (in 5 hands). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) What if...? (op[f]er) [version for chamber ensemble]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) A land so luminous [version for violin and chamber ensemble]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2009) A land so luminous [version for violin and piano]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Elegy. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Infernal ride [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Les grandes plaines du jour. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Of a rose sing we. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) PatterSongs. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Whirlegigg [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) Wunderkammer(konzert). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) The gilded theatre. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2008) A wassail carol. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Diaghilev dances [version for chamber orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Gabo's opus. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Graven image. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Like the sea, like time. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Theatre of attractions. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Vranjanka [version for orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) Whirlegigg [version for orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) A festive overture [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) A festive overture [version for orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) The first nowell [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) A little child there is y-born. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2007) A rhyme for the season. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2006) Ein Lichtspiel. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2006) In dulci jubilo [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2006) Music of a distant drum: songs from medieval Arabic, Persian and Hebrew texts. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2006) Notte oscura [version for solo piano]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Cautionary tales. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Come to the manger [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Gallery carol. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Threats and declamations. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Three pieces in the shape of a shoe. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Vecherinka for two pianos (in five hands). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2005) Vranjanka [version for wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Angels we have heard on high [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Christmas tree carol. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) I sing of a maiden. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Netsuke. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Notte oscura [version for chamber orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Recit and aria [version for soprano and piano]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Sleep holy babe [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Three Japanese miniatures. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) Two lapels and a pocket (suite no. 1 from The Overcoat). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2004) The cloud of unknowing. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) Diaghilev dances [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) Infernal ride [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) Polygon window (perpetuum immobile). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) Polygon window (perpetuum immobile) [reduced version]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) Whirlegigg [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2003) The overcoat. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Aphorisms. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Danceries (set I) (for orchestra). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Dei destini incrociati. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Fra duri scogli. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Masque [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) Theatrum. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2002) The holly and the ivy. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) After Verdi! [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Cantilena. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Danceries (set I) [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Detail from the record. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Deux arabesques. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Ihr Kinderlein Kommet (for Christmas) [traditional arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Investiture fanfare. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Masque [version for brass band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Messenger carol. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) Netsuke fragments (part I). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) This the day, this the blessed morn. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2001) A festive overture [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (2000) At God speeded summer's end. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1999) Danceries (set I) [version for symphonic wind band]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1999) The circling canopy of night. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1998) Flute concerto. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1998) Three movements from Theatrum [version for chamber ensemble]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1997) Now springes the spray! (three medieval lyrics for soprano and orchestra). [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1994) Recit and aria [version for soprano and chamber orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1987) Masque [version for orchestra]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. (1984) Flute concerto. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. Let all the world in every corner sing [Leighton arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. Sarabande et cortège [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. Sonate for oboe [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Hesketh, K. Sonatine for flute [Dutilleux arr. Hesketh]. [Composition]

Contact

For enquires please contact:

Kenneth Hesketh

Composition professor

research@rcm.ac.uk

ken.hesketh@rcm.ac.uk