Commissions for early career composers – closing 28 May

Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is delighted to offer three small commissions to early-career composers from Northern Ireland, funded by the PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partnership, supported by PPL.

Composers without a large track record of professional performances of their works are encouraged to apply. Hard Rain is committed to supporting composers of all backgrounds. The ensemble particularly welcomes proposals from women, Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and/or disabled composers.

Only composers born or domiciled in Northern Ireland are eligible to apply. There is no age limit, however, this initiative is aimed at non-professionals and early-career composers. It is envisaged that commissioned pieces will be no longer than 6 minutes in duration.

The ensemble is looking for duo or trio pieces written for any combination of the following instruments, but excluding piano:

  • Flute (doubling picc. or alto)
  • Bb Clarinet (doubling bass cl)
  • Violin
  • Cello

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday 28th May at 12 noon. Applicants will be informed by Friday 11th June. The selected composers must be able to deliver the work before Friday 24th September.

The ensembe always welcomes feedback and is keen to ensure that the application process is as accessible as possible. If you feel that any part of the process could deter you from applying, please contact the Concerts Manager, Chloé Morrison, via

Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner, supported by PPL. We are funded by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and are ensemble in residence at Queen’s University Belfast.

Link to more information: (pdf)

Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast, Cloreen Park, Belfast BT9 5HN

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday 28th May at 12 noon.

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