Northern Lights Mini-Fest 2019

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Presented in association with Belfast International Arts Festival 2019

20 & 25 October, 2 November 2019


Darragh Morgan (violin)

Ruth McGinley (piano)

Sunday 20 October 2019, 7.30 pm
Harty Room, QUB

Tickets: £14 / £10 Concession* / £5 Under 18s & students
Mini-Fest package: £30 / £25*

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We are delighted to welcome back Ruth McGinley and Darragh Morgan, two of Northern Ireland’s leading internationally renowned musicians, to launch this year’s Mini-Fest.  Darragh and Ruth are no strangers to BMS audiences, but this is the first time they have worked together. The concert kicks off an NI tour, organised by Moving on Music.

Moeran Violin sonata in E minor
Anon. ‘Down by the Salley Gardens’, arr. Britten
Anon. ‘Sé Fáth mo Bhuartha’, arr. Havelock Nelson
Deirdre McKay Secundum
Enescu Andantino Malinconico
Franck Violin sonata in A major

 

 


Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble

Friday 25 October 2018, 7.30 pm
Harty Room, QUB

 

Tickets: £14 / £10 Concession* / £5 Under 18s and students
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“…one of the freshest, most exciting, intelligent and intriguing musical developments in Northern Ireland in too long a time.” (Michael Quinn, Culture NI)

The Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is the only professional musical ensemble in Northern Ireland to specialise in the performance of modern and contemporary repertoire. Its remit is to give a voice to local composers and to perform their music alongside luminaries 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.

Their Mini-Fest programme features two giants of 20th-century music, with works that are haunting and beautiful in equal measure. Quartet for the End of Time, for violin, clarinet, cello and piano, is one of the iconic pieces of the century, a masterpiece written when the composer was a German prisoner of war for his fellow prisoners to perform. Lasting c. 50 minutes, it is the main focus of the concert. Takemitsu’s Quatrain was written in response to the Quartet, and in homage to its composer.

Takemitsu Quatrain II
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Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

 

 


Kristan Swain (flute)

Máire Carroll (piano)

Saturday 2 November 2018, 7.30 pm
Harty Room, QUB

Tickets: £14 / £10 Concession* / £5 Under 18s and students
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Kristan Swain and Máire Carroll both began their musical studies at a young age – eight and four respectively – and studied with distinguished musicians here (Colin Fleming, of the Ulster Orchestra, and John O’Conor, of the RIAM, among others) before continuing their professional training at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Kristan has played with the Philharmonia Orchestra (as Guest Principal Flute), the Nash Ensemble and the London Sinfonietta, and has also performed for such dignitaries as President Mary McAleese and HM Queen Elizabeth II. Máire has performed across Europe, North America and Asia, and recently launched her debut solo piano album, ROADS. Their Mini-Fest programme is a tour de force of flute and piano music, culminating in Saint-Saëns’ exhilarating showpiece.

 

Liebermann Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23
Barber Canzone, Op. 38a
Hammond A Triptych of Poems by Anthony Glavin
Burton Sonatina
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Widor Suite for Flute and Piano, Op. 34
Taffanel Fantaisie sur Françoise de Rimini
Gaubert Madrigal
Messiaen Le Merle Noir
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso