Solem Quartet

Solem Quartet

Wednesday 6th May, 1pm

Amy Tress & William Newell – violins, Stephen Upshaw – viola, and Stephanie Tress - cello


J.S. Bach Gigue from Partita in D minor (Amy)

Laurence Crane Raimondas Rumsas (Steph)

Telemann Largo no. 1 from Fantasia in B flat (Will)

James Layton Wandering (Stephen)

J. S. Bach Gigue from Cello Suite no. 6 in D major (Steph)

Enescu Ménétrier (Country Fiddler) from Impressions d'Enfance (Amy)

J. S. Bach Bouree from Cello Suite no. 3 (Stephen)

Anna Meredith Charged (Will)

J.S. Bach Arioso (Steph + Will)

Bill Withers arr. Will Newell Lovely Day (Quartet)

Sheila Pop arr. Solem Quartet À Gilles (Quartet plus Anthony Friend, banjo, and Misha Mullov-Abbado, double bass)

Since winning the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition they have enjoyed a busy concert schedule, ranging from international tours to performances at venues such as London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and Oxford’s Holywell Music Room. Alongside this, their groundbreaking series ‘Solem Lates’ has seen the Quartet rise to prominence as leading exponents of new music, working closely with living composers in pioneering multimedia performances. In their latest ‘Solem Lates’ project they perform the live score to screenings of Yorgos Lanthimos’s 2015 film The Lobster, in collaboration with Picturehouse Cinemas.

In both their regular concerts and ‘Solem Lates’ projects, the Quartet presents daring feats of virtuosity within thoughtfully curated programmes. Building on their success in performing Bartók’s String Quartet no. 3 from memory, the 2020-2021 season will see the launch of their Bartók and Beethoven Cycle, in which they will perform all six of Bartók’s string quartets from memory alongside Beethoven’s late quartets. The Cycle will also include six brand new works, bringing their total number of commissions and premieres to sixteen.

The Solem Quartet has benefited from inspirational teaching from a number of the world’s greatest chamber musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Thomas Adès, Michal Kaznowski, Gerhard Schulz, Krysia Osostowicz and Richard Ireland. They have attended IMS Prussia Cove and the European Chamber Music Academy and were chosen for the 2014-15 ChamberStudio Mentorship with renowned cellist Christoph Richter. In 2016-17 they were selected as both Tunnell Trust Artists and Park Lane Group Artists.

The Quartet takes great pride in its educational work. From 2015-17 they held the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and since 2016 they have been Quartet in Residence at the University of Liverpool. Their immersive concerts and workshops have taken them to mainstream and special needs schools through Live Music Now and they have performed or given seminars at Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Cardiff Universities. They are also Ensemble in Residence at Aberystwyth MusicFest.

Originally formed at the University of Manchester in 2011, the Solem Quartet takes its name from the university’s motto arduus ad solem – ‘striving towards the sun’.

Lunchtime Concert Series - Listen and Learn

Activity packs

It can be difficult entertaining children every day, which is why we've developed a set of activites to keep the kids engaged during our lunchtime concert live streams! Our age-specific activity packs encourage them to listen and learn throughout the concert.

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