Piers Hellawell features in February concert in RTE NSO Horizons Series 2011

The RTÉ NSO Horizons Contemporary Music series continues on February 22nd at the National Concert Hall.  The featured composer in the February concert is Belfast based Piers Hellawell.

The programme includes Agricolas, the composer’s large-scale concertante essay for clarinet and orchestra from 2008, taking its title and concept of design from the work of the American sculptor David Smith. It will be performed by Robert Plane, who both commissioned and gave the first performance of the work in 2008. Hellawell’s programme also includes two works – for orchestra and for string ensemble – from his 2004 set of pieces Degrees of Separation, commissioned by The Sage, Gateshead for its opening ceremonies in 2004.

This free lunchtime concert takes place in the main hall of the National Concert Hall from 1.05-2pm. Just before the concert  Piers Hellawell talks to Evonne Ferguson, Director, Contemporary Music Centre in the Composer in Conversation at 12:30pm in the John Field room.

The Composers in Conversation events take place in association with the Contemporary Music Centre.

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Tickets and booking: Admission free to all Horizons events. Events are ticketed. Tickets available through the NCH box office in advance. Booking: 01 417 0000.

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