Ensemble in Residence at
Queen's University, Belfast
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a contemporary music group from Belfast devoted to the performance of modern and contemporary music. It was founded by Greg Caffrey in 2013, who remains the Artistic Director and its remit is to give a voice to local composers and to perform their music in the context of works by leading exponents of contemporary music from elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world. It aims to programme music that otherwise cannot be heard live locally, while serving as an outlet for the talent of highly specialist performers and acting as a meeting point for their innovation, ideas and enthusiasm.HRSE are based at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast, a state of the art facility opened by Karlheinze Stockhausen in 2004
Joanne Quigley McParland
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble plays a large range of modern and contemporary repertoire from the early twentieth century to music where the ink is still wet. We have a particular focus on music by our own local composers, but we play the most engaging, and iconic international repertoire too. Examples of some of the incredible international composers whose music we have interpreted in past seasons includes: Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, Iannis Xenakis, Bela Bartok, Tristan Murail, Steve Reich, Alban Berg, Joan Tower, Elliott Carter, Franco Donatoni, Morton Feldman, Gerard Grisey, Georg Friedrich Haas, Igor Stravinsky, Sofia Gubaidulina, George Crumb, Jonathan Harvey, Gyorgy Ligeti, Hans Werner Henze, Peter Maxwell Davis, John Zorn, Olivier Messiaen, Anton Webern, Arvo Part, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gunther Schuller and Arnold Schoenberg - by no means an exhaustive list!
Full list available on our Repertoire page.
Cuillin Sound Music
Anon x 2
Hard Rain Contributors
Leslie & Hilary Morrison
June & David Gould
Anon x 1
We are extremely grateful for the essential contributions of our friends!
This season we are continuing our Friends of Hard Rain Scheme. Click below to find out more on how to Rain Support on us!
HRSE is a registered charity (NIC102506) and a not-for-profit organisation. We welcome your support for the music we perform and for the activities we provide in the community. Any donation, no matter how small, would be really appreciated.
Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is
a PRS for Music Foundation Talent Development Partner.