“I have no doubt that the future of Classical Music is safe in their hands” The Yorkshire Times, Elaine Annable
John Luther Adams is an American counter-cultural hero. In the 1970s he dropped out of mainstream Californian life and vanished into the Alaskan wilderness, but in 2014 his originality was finally acknowledged when he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Cassandra Miller’s Warblework contains dreamy transcriptions of Canadian birdsong and Kaare Husby’s 2nd String Quartet is a beautiful cacophony of avian melodies. But is that really Bartok in a concert of ‘new music’? All will be revealed…
£12 (£5 full time students), booking recommended
Cassandra Miller, Warblework (16′)
John Luther Adams, The Wind in High Places (19′)
Bartok, String Quartet No. 4 (3rd movement) (6′)
Kaare Husby, String Quartet No. 2 (10′)
John Luther Adams, Dreams of the Canyon Wren (8′)
About Solem Quartet
Winner of the 2014 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Competition, the Solem Quartet was formed in 2011 at the University of Manchester. The quartet takes its name from the university’s motto “arduus ad solem”, meaning “striving towards the sun”.
The quartet enjoys a busy concert schedule performing at venues both across the UK – including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Holywell Music Room – and internationally. Their repertoire is extensive, spanning the period from early Haydn to a broad spectrum of living composers including Larry Goves, Anna Meredith, John Luther Adams and Emily Howard, whose quartet ‘Afference’ they performed in a BBC Proms Extra broadcast, live on BBC Radio 3.
Since September 2016 the Solem Quartet has been ‘Quartet in Residence’ at the University of Liverpool, and was also recently appointed ‘Ensemble in Residence’ at Aberystwyth MusicFest. They were also 2016/17 Park Lane Group Artists, Tunnell Trust Artists (selected in 2016), and from 2015-17 held the Junior Fellowship in Chamber Music at the RNCM.
The quartet features prominently on a CD of music by Richard Blackford, released on the Nimbus label in February 2019 – the first work on the disc, Seven Hokusai Miniatures, was written for the quartet in 2018. They have also recorded two CDs of 20th Century British music for Divine Arts.