HRSE Featured Young Artists Platform

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HRSE Featured Young Artists Platform

Hard Rain SoloistsEnsemble’s Featured Young Artists Programme offers two members of the Ulster Youth Orchestra opportunities to feature in the ensemble’s season programme as well as offering mentorship and access to ensemble rehearsals.

The players chosen by audition to be the ensemble’s Featured Young Artists for the 2017/18 season are Susanna Griffin, Violin and Olivia Palmer-Baker, Bassoon. 30th November will see them give their first performance with the ensemble’s pianist Daniel Browell in the Harty Room at Queens University, Belfast. In addition to Daniel’s activities with HRSE he is Assistant Head of Keyboard at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and enjoys a busy and varied performing career.

The recital will feature an exciting mix of works by Debussy, Part, MacMillan and Stockhausen. The recital will also feature a bespoke arrangment of Ian Wilson’s Cetiri kamena for the forces of these three musicians.



Susanna Griffin is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with James Clark. She was leader of the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra and a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2016. Susanna was a finalist in the Catherine Judge Award in the same year and is currently first violin with the Aminta string quartet and regularly performs with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra. Susanna is currently leader of the Ulster Youth Orchestra and plays a Gagliano violin generously loaned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

“I’m looking forward to working with Hard Rain and excited to explore some new repertoire.” – Susanna Griffin







Olivia is currently studying Bassoon at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has recently entered her second year of undergraduate study. Olivia frequently performs with orchestras such as Melos Sinfonia, London Beethoven Orchestra, and the University of London Symphony Orchestra, alongside RAM project orchestras, and has played in venues ranging from Cadogan Hall to LSO St Luke’s. She was awarded the Winifred Agnes Disney Award Scholarship on commencing her studies, and previously had been a finalist in the Catherine Judge Memorial Award and Young Musician of the Year Northern Ireland. Olivia also volunteers for Orchestras for All, a programme giving musical opportunities to exceptional young musicians from difficult backgrounds, and has been involved in outreach work with the Open Academy department. 

“Very excited to work with the HRSE and thankful for the opportunity to perform with them this season.” – Olivia Palmer-Baker




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