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Composer Tim Benjamin‘s new opera Fire From Olympus turns from the mythological figure of Herakles to that of Prometheus. While the story of Prometheus’ theft of fire from the gods and his punishment is well-known, his rescue from that punishment by Herakles (right) is less so. Emma Stafford has just completed a summary of the Prometheus…
On Saturday 30th March 2019 The Hercules Project brings Hercules’ Twelve Labours Today to the University of Leeds’ open research event, the Be Curious festival, which in 2019 adopts the theme ‘Brave New World’. In ancient myth, Hercules made people safe from monsters. Recently he has been re-imaged as a coloniser (by Marian Maguire) and…
Further to our previous news item, we’re very pleased to report that the beautiful Queen’s House of the Royal Museums at Greenwich is now displaying seven of Marian Maguire’s The Labours of Herakles series. This photographs, kindly shared with us by the Museums’ staff, show the prints in situ. All the prints in the series are available…
We are delighted to announce that the DVD film of the world première performance of Tim Benjamin’s modern oratorio Herakles, featuring Todmorden Choral Society and Todmorden Orchestra along with professional soloists in Todmorden Town Hall is now available to purchase online through the University Store. The DVD includes a booklet with some background to the story…
As part of a series of events during the 80th Birthday year of poet, playwright and film-maker Tony Harrison – including a screening of his film-poem The Gaze of the Gorgon (1992), a book signing, and a one-day academic conference – there was a staged reading of The Labourers of Herakles (1995) directed by George Rodosthenous…
DVDs of the world premiere performance in Todmorden will be available for purchase, cost £10, at the film premiere on Saturday 8th July. For more information and to buy tickets for the event, please see our Film page.   After the event DVDs will be available through the University Store at £10 + post and…
On Sunday 30th April, Tim Benjamin’s Herakles premiered to a packed house in Todmorden Town Hall. Audience ratings of the work were overwhelmingly positive with the music, performers and occassion all received more than 4 stars. Lively, intense, interesting, good combination of music and speech. Most enjoyable. For more information and photographs please see the Musical…
Todmorden Orchestra and Choral Society have had their first joint rehearsal for this Sunday’s premiere of Tim Benjamin’s ‘Herakles’ in Todmorden Town Hall.  The dramatic soundscape created by the music was perfectly complemented by the sonorous spoken narrative delivered by Time (the fabulous Claire Benedict).  Come Sunday, the instrumental forces will be further augmented, and…