Some of you have already met and heard Stephen, but for those that haven’t – you can find out lots more about him here. Stephen is a brilliant musician who we have loved working with in the last couple of months, and who performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician around the UK, Europe and North America. Alongside a love of chamber music, Stephen has a particular interest in contemporary music, being a member of Riot Ensemble (whose recent disc “Speak Be Silent” was selected as one of The New Yorker Magazine’s best of 2019). Keep your eyes peeled for some sparkly new photos of the four of us coming soon!
We have given Stephen no time to catch his breath; coming up in March we will be stretching our quartet wings to the full, playing repertoire from Haydn to Bartók to Cassandra Miller, and taking music to concert halls, music societies, hospitals and schools.
Just before that, we’re off to Cambridge for two events we’re very excited about.
On Thursday 12th March we’ll be performing a wonderful programme of music inspired by birdsong at Kettle’s Yard. The music features contemporary music we love including pieces by John Luther Adams (The Wind In High Places, Dream of the Canyon Wren), Cassandra Miller (Warblework), Kaare Dyvik Husby (Quartet No. 2) – a piece that was commissioned for us and premiered at Aberystwyth MusicFest 2017 – as well as the hauntingly beautiful slow movement from Bartók’s 4th Quartet. We’re really looking forward to playing this innovative programme that has been crafted with us by Kettle’s Yard New Music Curator, Tom McKinney.
The day before that, we’ll be bringing Solem lates to Cambridge Arts Picturehouse where we’ll be reviving The Lobster Live at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th March. If you missed the London shows from last year, this is your final chance! To find out more about the project and our collaboration with Picturehouse Cinemas, do have a look at this video.
Rehearsing the Kettle’s Yard contemporary music programme (interspersed with Bartók) has reminded us of our first Solem lates show in May last year. We’ve recently heard that Larry Goves’ quartet Two Way Mirror, which was written for those concerts, has been included on a Latvian radio playlist. We’re chuffed that Larry’s quartet has gone international and we’re looking forward to the millions of royalties that will be coming our way…if for some reason you’re not next to a Latvian radio, you can watch us play Two Way Mirror below. And you can enjoy plenty more videos on our YouTube channel.
Solem Quartet: Larry Goves ” Two Way Mirror”
Finally, a rundown of where you can catch us in the month ahead:
3rd March Lionsgate Music The Royal Marsden, Chelsea
4th March MusicFest Aberystwyth fundraiser Holy Trinity Church Aberystwyth
5th March Hay Music St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye
11th March The Lobster Live Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
12th March Birdsong at Kettle’s Yard Cambridge
13th March (with Anthony Friend, clarinet) Claygate Arts Festival, Christian Science Church
15th March Conway Hall London
27th March Llanidloes Music and Arts Club Trinity Church, Llanidloes
3rd April Lamberhurst Music Festival St Mary’s Church, Lamberhurst
4th April Manchester Chamber Choir Holy Name Church, Manchester
So, that’s all folks. Have a look at the performances page on our website for further details of the above, and concerts later in the spring. Hope to see you soon!
Amy, Will, Stephen & Steph
The above image of Stephen is by Malcolm Crowthers