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Ensemble in Residence at

Queen's University, Belfast

ABOUT US

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 

Sinead Hayes

Joanne Quigley McParland

Aisling Agnew

David McCann

Sarah Watts

Daniel Browell

 

HARD RAIN NEWS

Covid-19: HRSE to cancel/postpone remainder of 2019/20 Season. More detail will be announced through social networks.

5th Peter Rosser Composition Award is Closed - HRSE thanks all composers who submitted works. Due to Covid-19 crisis shortlisting and performance of selected works will take place at a later date. Composers will be updated with information as it becomes available.

Two new HRSE commissions funded by ACNI

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This season will bring you

60+

performances of works given by our talented line-up of players over 11 events

38+

performances of the works of incredible local composers

27+

performances of newly commissioned works or works written especially for HRSE

SEASON 2019/20

SEASON
EVENTS

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FEATURED
COMPOSER

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PAST SEASONS

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.

 
 

MEET THE TEAM

Administration
Greg Caffrey

Artistic Director

Chloé Morrison

Concerts Manager

The Core Ensemble
Sinead Hayes

Conductor

David McCann

Cello

Aisling Agnew

Flutes

Clarinets

Violin

Joanne Quigley-McParland
Daniel Browell

Piano

REPERTOIRE

List
Listen
 
Sarah Watts
Watch
 
 
 
 
 

GET IN TOUCH

ADDRESS

Sonic Arts Research Centre

Queen's University Belfast

Cloreen Park

Belfast BT9 5HN

EMAIL
 

OUR FRIENDS 

Drizzle Contributors

Antony Clare

Gary Haddock

Cuillin Sound Music

Deluge Contributors

Anon x 2

Hard Rain Contributors

Chris McCann

Leslie & Hilary Morrison

Piers Hellawell

June & David Gould

Anon x 1

We are extremely grateful for the essential contributions of our friends!

DONATE

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.

www.prsformusicfoundation.com