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Solem Quartet: Life Episodes

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BBN: Life Episodes brings together a world premiere from Edmund Finnis with music by Beethoven and Bartók, and beautiful filmed testimonies created by Jessie Rodger, to produce a one-off music-film event, portraying survival, healing and rejuvenation.

Bartók String Quartet No. 2
Edmund Finnis String Quartet No. 3
‘Devotions’ (world premiere)
Beethoven ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ from
String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132

The third movement of Beethoven’s Quartet op. 132 was written while convalescing after a serious illness in 1824-25. He wrote this slow movement entitled “Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart” as a hymn of thanks to God for his recovery, praising his reawakened life.

Edmund Finnis has used this profoundly uplifting movement as the inspiration for his Quartet no. 3, ‘Devotions’ which will receive its world premiere at this concert.

Completing the musical programme is Bartók’s brooding Quartet no. 2. This work was written in three parts, described by the composer’s friend and colleague Zoltán Kodály as “life episodes”.

Interwoven with the musical programme, to reflect and enhance its message, will be films made by Jessie Rodger ( featuring four moving portraits of people who tell their own remarkable stories of overcoming adversity.

BBN: Life Episodes is part of the Solem Quartet’s Beethoven Bartók Now series. Find out more:

Solem Quartet is an innovative and adventurous string quartet and one of the UK’s brightest artistic voices. We are happy to welcome them in residence this year, presenting three concerts of their work spanning Beethoven to Kate Bush. In addition to these concerts, Solem Quartet will offer coaching to talented young musicians in conjunction with Guildhall Young Artists Norwich.

Important information

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Seating: This is a seated event


Unpacking BBN: Edmund Finnis

Unpacking BBN: Rehearsing Bartók 1st Quartet (with the RPS)


Concessions: 10% off tickets priced £10 or over for D/deaf or disabled, Full-time students, Go 4Less cardholders and Jobseekers

Essential Companions: Any audience member requiring an essential carer/companion can get one free ticket. Relevant discounts or concessions still apply to the paid ticket.

Under 18 / Young NNF: Free tickets Thanks to CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust

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25 May

07:30 pm

£14.40 - £20.00

With thanks to Director’s Circle Supporters Julia Leach & Patrick Smith

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