Belfast Philharmonic Choir’s accomplished performance of Stanford’s rarely performed Requiem

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Stanford, Requiem, Op.63: Mary McCabe (soprano), Cicely Hé (mezzo-soprano), Aaron O’Hare (tenor), Brendan Collins (baritone), Belfast Philharmonic Choir, Ulster Orchestra / James Grossmith (conductor), Ulster Hall, Belfast, 5.11.2023. (RB)

James Grossmith conducts the Belfast Philharmonic Choir

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A stimulating conclusion to Greg Caffrey’s time with Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Nieuwe Noten: Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble (Aisling Agnew [flute], David McCann [cello], Daniel Browell [piano], Fie Schouten [clarinet], Joanne Quigley McParland and Roban Harron [violin]) / Sinead Hayes (conductor). Harty Room, Queens University, Belfast, 16.6.2023. (RB)

Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble

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The Met’s fine production of Champion conveys important social messages

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Terence Blanchard, Champion:  Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor).  Broadcast Live in HD (directed by Gary Halvorson) from New York’s Metropolitan Opera to Dundonald Omniplex Cinema, Belfast, 29.4.2023. (RB)

A scene from Champion © Ken Howard / Met Opera

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Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble’s challenging programme performed with conviction

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Greg Caffrey, Birtwistle, Schoenberg: Malachy Frame (baritone), Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano), Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble (Aisling Agnew [flute], David McCann [cello], Daniel Browell [piano], Sarah Watts [clarinet], Joanne Quigley McParland [violin]) / Sinead Hayes (conductor), Steve Lee (stage designer). Sonic Lab, Queens University, Belfast, 28.3.2023. (RB)

Sinead Hayes conducts Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano) and Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble

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