Recent winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet were brought together in September 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, where they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”.
- 5:00pm Pre-concert Early Bird meal at La Casa Vecchia (not included in the ticket)
Why not make an evening of it and book your pre-concert dinner at La Casa Mia 01270 761077 who are kindly helping to sponsor the concert series
- 6:30pm Doors open
- 7:00: Spotlight Concert
Music performed by talented young people from Sandbach
- 7:30 Intermission
- 8:00 Main Concert
Britten – 3 Divertimenti for String Quartet
Joaquin Turina – La Oración Del Torero
Mendelssohn – Quartet in F minor op. 80
Winners of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet were brought together in 2011 by their studies at the University of Manchester, where they take their name from the University motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”.
Having all moved on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet has enjoyed success in competitions including the RNCM Nossek Prize, RNCM Barbirolli Prize for String Quartets and the Britten Centenary Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition, among others. They enjoy an increasingly busy concert schedule performing at venues across the UK including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Holywell Music Room. As well as performing, the quartet have given chamber music coaching to young string quartets at Aberytwyth MusicFest 2014.
The Solem Quartet have benefitted from inspriational teaching from a number of great chamber musicians including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Christoph Richter, Peter Cropper, Thomas Riebl and Hatto Beyerle. They have attended the European Chamber Music Academy and the National Youth String Quartet Academy, as well as courses with the Chilingirian and Maggini Quartets, and look forward to a two-week chamber music residency at Aldeburgh in January. The quartet are delighted to have been selected for a 2014/2015 ChamberStudio Mentorship, which allows them to study intensively with their mentor Christoph Richter over the coming year at Kings Place.
Individually the members of the Solem Quartet freelance across the UK with orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Opera North and Scottish Ballet.