HRSE Season Ensemble: Music Box

Date Thursday 08 March 2018
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price£10 | £5

Welcome to Hard Rain SolistEnsemble’s 2017/18 Season.

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HRSE Season Ensemble: Music Box


Hard Rain conductor, Sinead Hayes, curates this concert to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“This concert celebrates some outstanding contemporary solo and ensemble works from recent decades. The music featured represents the work of emerging and established composers from the Irish and international composition community, all of whom happen to be women. The music has been chosen to showcase the virtuosic talents of the Hard Rain musicians, Gubaidulina’s Allegro Rustico contrasting sharply with the technical difficulty of Jane O’Leary’s Only Gestures Remain and Elaine Agnew’s improvisatory Music Box.

The pieces for larger ensemble show the vast palette of atmospheric colours and textures that can be drawn from an ensemble of 3 – 5 players. From the quirky humour of Heera Kim’s Quartet, to the subtle brilliance of Hong’s Shades of Raindrops, via Sadie Harrison’s confident No title required for quintet, our travels through this engaging repertoire finish with a Hard Rain commission from Gráinne Mulvey - enjoy the journey!”
-Sinead Hayes

Programme:hard rain

Quartet (2012) Irish Premier 
Heera Kim (1976) 
flute, clarinet, violin & violoncello 

Allegro Rustico (1963, rev. 1993) 
Sofia Gubaidulina (1931) 
flute, piano 

Swelt Belly at Dawn (2013) 
Judith Ring (1976) 
violin, violoncello, clarinet

No title required for quintet (1994, rev. 1999) Irish Premier 
Sadie Harrison (1965) 
flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano 


Shades of Raindrops (2006)
Sungji Hong (1973) 
flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano 

Only Gestures Remain (2009) 
Jane O’ Leary (1946) 
violoncello, piano

Music Box (2002) 
Elaine Agnew (1967) 
bass clarinet and tape 

LUCA* (2017) World Premier 
Gráinne Mulvey (1966) 
flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano 

*Commissioned by Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble with funds from ACNI 

The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a contemporary music group from Belfast devoted to the performance of modern and contemporary music and are The Crescent's Ensemble In Residence. To discover more about HRSE visit

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