Solem lates

Solem lates is an exciting new series of projects and events from the Solem Quartet. By commissioning living composers, branching into diverse genres and performing live music in unexpected settings, the Solem Quartet are breathing new life into the chamber music world.

For details of our upcoming projects and past events, have a look below.

The Lobster (from Autumn 2019)

In a world first, we will be screening Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster with live soundtrack for string quartet and piano. The almost exclusively classical, quirky soundtrack – featuring music by Beethoven, Shostakovitch and Britten amongst others – has been arranged for live performance and brings this cult film (from the director of The Favourite) to life in a totally new way.

Devised, arranged and performed by the acclaimed Solem Quartet for their second Solem lates show. Watch our video below for more info and audience reactions, and tickets, click here.

Music performed live in this event includes excerpts from: Beethoven op. 18/1, Shostakovich Quartet no. 8, Schnittke Quartet no. 2, Schnittke Quintet for Piano and Strings, Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet, Britten Quartet no. 1, Strauss Don Quixote.

From Autumn 2019, we will be taking The Lobster to the following Picturehouse Cinemas:

Bromley 8pm 8th Nov

Notting Hill Gate 8pm 13th Nov

Central, Piccadilly 3pm 24th Nov

Ritzy, Brixton 8.30pm 5th Dec

Hackney 8.30pm 6th Dec

West Norwood 8pm 11th Dec

Duke of York’s, Brighton 8.30pm 12th Dec

Crouch End 8pm 18th Dec

Cambridge 6.30pm 11th March


batózeyal (May 2019)

Our first Solem lates show in Spring 2019 was batózeyal, a night of string quartet + electronics.

Taking the project to London (Bussey Building), Liverpool (Kazimier Gardens) and Manchester (Soup Kitchen), we performed Bartok’s 3rd Quartet alongside cutting edge contemporary music from Anna Meredith, Jonathan Dove, Paul Zaba and two specially commissioned new works: two-way mirror from Larry Goves, and two movements of batózeyal from Aaron Parker.

Here we are in Manchester playing Anna Meredith’s phenomenal Tuggemo:

…and Bartok’s 3rd Quartet from memory:

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