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Solem String Quartet to perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven in music@stansted concert

One of the country’s most exciting young string quartets will be performing as part of the music@stansted concert series in St John’s Church, Stansted on Sunday afternoon (Jan 26).

The high-flying Solem String Quartet take their name from the motto arduus ad solem – striving towards the sun – of the University of Manchester, which is where they formed in 2011.

Nowadays they are quartet in residence at the University of Liverpool, but their career has taken them beyond the North West, encompassing London, Scotland, Wales and China.

Their programme in Stansted will feature three quartets: one by the father of the genre, Joseph Haydn (the 'Lark' in D major), one in richly romantic vein by Brahms (his No.2 in A minor) and finally one of the towering masterpieces of all music, Beethoven's late quartet Opus 127 in E flat.

Widely regarded as the greatest of all composers, Beethoven was born 250 years ago this year. This exciting opportunity to hear a live performance of one of his most important works will be a fitting start to the year-long celebrations being planned around the world.

There's a 3pm kick-off for Sunday's concert. Tickets are priced £15 for adults and £12 for students and over-65s and students. Admission is free to under-18s.

They are available in advance in Stansted from Absolute Travel and in Bishop's Stortford from Nockolds Solicitors in Market Square and the Bishop's Stortford Independent offices in North Street. Alternatively, call 01279 815282 or buy them on the door on Sunday.

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