Contemporary Classical

Further to early interests in other artforms, be they classical architecture, medieval iconography, poetry or Bauhaus constructivism, Hesketh’s work has more recently included a fascination with entropy, mutation and existentialism (Knotted Tongues, In Ictu Occuli and Of Time and Disillusionment). This evolves from the composer’s concept of ‘unreliable machines’: short bursts of mechanistic material that attempt metamorphosis but achieve only a more rapid burn out (Theatre of Attractions, Wunderkammer[konzert]). The transparent clarity of his instrumental writing allied to a rhythmic flexibility is typical of much of his style (Graven Image).

"...virtuoso stuff, full of whip-crack rhythms and vertiginous instrumental writing."

"...a musical argument of amazing fleetness and polyphonic power."

“Hesketh's music is beautiful, complex and restless ... His response to musical form is particularly remarkable ... The colorful orchestration and palpable verve in the individual gestures and large-scale construction make me want to return to them again and again.”



This section is divided in to six sub-sections with works grouped together by instrumental forces. Click on the links below or use the menu to the right for PDFs and MP3s