<![CDATA[  Solomon's Knot                                       baroque collective - Home]]>Mon, 14 Mar 2016 02:46:05 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Bomarzo on sale; heads up for Linley's Shakespeare Ode]]>Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:30:52 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/bomarzo-on-sale-heads-up-for-linleys-shakespeare-ode
We are very excited to announce that 'The Discovery of Bomarzo', a madrigalian sound-sculpture garden created by James Halliday and Mira Calix, will be performed at the 2016 Aldeburgh Festival on 21st June at 3pm.  Tickets and more information are now available on the Aldeburgh Music website.  See also next performances.
Before then, the singers of Solomon's Knot shall be travelling to Bern for a second collaboration with Les Passions de l'Ame - Thomas Linley Jr's Ode on the Fairies, Aerial Beings & Witches of Shakespeare.  This wonderful mix of late baroque and early Classical styles is a great way for the two ensembles to honour the Bard in his anniversary year. 

Performances are in the Kultur-Casino in Bern at 7.30pm on 12th May, at the Eglise Saint-François in Lausanne at 7.30pm on 13th May, and at 8pm on 16th May as part of the Tage Alter Musik ('Days of Early Music) in Regensburg.

<![CDATA[★★★★ reviews and sold-out performances: L'Ospedale enters its second week @ Wilton's]]>Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:07:03 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/-reviews-and-sold-out-performances-lospedale-enters-its-second-week-wiltons
Dress rehearsal photograph: Robert Workman
We are very pleased to report that L'Ospedale has had a wonderful reception during the opening week of the run at Wilton's Music Hall (ends 21st November).  With three 4-star reviews, the press response in particular has been very positive.  Tickets are going fast for the second and final week, so do book while you can. See Next Performances for more information.

Here are a few quotes from the reviews:

"a spookily topical and entertaining endeavour" ★★★★ Evening Standard (Barry Millington)

"a clean bill of health for this operatic satire on the healthcare system"
"a sharply observed piece of social commentary"
"a pretty unimprovable contemporary premiere by the young musicians of Solomon's Knot"
"a superb cast" "James Halliday's virtuosic band"
"the impeccably tuned clarity of two Gesualdo madrigals"
"it's a rich selection of solo voices, but most striking is the blend they achieve in ensembles"
"Solomon's Knot have personality in buckets" ★★★★ The Arts Desk (Alexandra Coghlan)

"an hour of delectable light operatic entertainment"
"the magical voices blend beautifully in the warm acoustic of Wilton's"
"good, riotous fun"
"L'Ospedale is a treat - go and see it" ★★★★ Bachtrack (David Karlin)

"Solomon's Knot's first operatic venture is an artistic triumph"
"a performance of tremendous enthusiasm and earnestness"
"a welcome reminder that the major opera houses in London do not monopolise the market in imaginative, innovative productions of musical theatre" Classical Source

"the music was a delight"
"the singing, and acting, was outstanding, both as soloists and in the many choruses"
"this is a show well worth experiencing" Andrew Benson-Wilson

"an operatic Carry On Matron, only darker"
"this first modern performance satirises the failings of mental health care with admirable imagination"
"the small instrumental ensemble expertly directed by James Halliday" ★★★ The Guardian (George Hall)
<![CDATA[l'Ospedale @ Wilton's Music Hall, November 2015]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:24:06 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/lospedale-wiltons-music-hall-november-2015Picture

We are very excited to announce that our first fully-staged production, l'Ospedale, will take place at Wilton's Music Hall from 10th-21st November.  This is the modern premiere of a work that has most likely not been heard since its premiere in around 1650. 

The libretto is by the well-known 17th-century Italian poet, Antonio Abati, and the score of this 'dramma burlesco', or short comic opera, was dug up in the Marciana Library in Venice a few years ago.  Tantalisingly, we don't know who the composer was, but the piece is put together with such a melodic gift and dramatic confidence that we could not resist bringing it to the stage.

Our stage director for this production, James Hurley (ETO, ENO, Opera North), writes, "l'Ospedale is a biting satire on patients, doctors, and medical practice, providing a unique and radical platform – or “voice” – to four characters, who exhibit various psychological and social disorders. A contemporary, immersive production, sewn into the heart of Wilton’s Music Hall, brings this provocative work to life amidst the purgatorial wasteland of a dilapidated modern hospital, where vulnerable patients await the arrival of an enigmatic doctor who they hope will restore their sanity – but at what cost? The opera is performed in the original Italian, with English captions."

Musical director: James Halliday
Stage director: James Hurley
Designer: Rachel Szmukler
Forestiero: Lucy Page
Povero: Nicholas Merryweather
Matto: Michal Czerniawski
Innamorato: Rebecca Moon
Cortigiano: Thomas Herford
Medico: Jonathan Sells

Tickets can be booked through the Wilton's Music Hall website here.  We very much look forward to welcoming you into the mad and wonderful world of l'Ospedale.

For all press enquiries please contact Jo Carpenter Music PR Consultancy:
jo@jocarpenter.com +44 7771 538 868

Image by Ugo Carmeni, ugocarmeni.com

Video trailer from our workshops at Aldeburgh Music:

<![CDATA[Pour un tombeau d'Anatole - retrospective video trailer]]>Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:13:19 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/pour-un-tombeau-danatole-retrospective-video-trailer
A little memory of our semi-staged show back in April, 'Pour un tombeau d'Anatole', with Sven Werner as part of our Open Space residency at Aldeburgh Music.  With Zoë Brown, soprano, and John Crockatt, violin.
<![CDATA['Die Tageszeiten' and 'Pour un tombeau d'Anatole']]>Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:31:59 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/die-tageszeiten-and-pour-un-tombeau-danatole
Announcing our two upcoming projects!

In our first collaboration and first international tour, eight singers from Solomon's Knot join Les Passions de l'Ame, Bern's baroque orchestra, in a programme of Telemann and J.S. Bach. 

The centrepiece is Telemann's cantata cycle, Die Tageszeiten (The Times of the Day), with a cantata each for Morning, Midday, Evening, and Night.  This is a colourful and entertaining work, with a religious basis that leans towards pantheism.
Solomon's Knot will sing J.S. Bach's motet, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied a capella and from memory, and Les Passions de l'Ame will perform his Orchestral Suite No.3.  More details on the Next Performances tab. 

Performances and tickets
Wednesday 18 March 2015 7.30pm
Französische Kirche, Bern tickets

Thursday 19 March 2015 7pm
London Handel Festival
St George's Hanover Sq

Saturday 21 March 2015 7.3pm
Cambridge Early Music
Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, UK

Design: Thea Sonderegger

For our third residency as an Open Space ensemble at Aldeburgh Music and a performance as part of the Easter Weekend, James Halliday leads a programme of 17th-century French and English music inspired by the fragmentary poems that Stéphane Mallarmé in memory of his son, Anatole.

Purcell, Charpentier, Marais, de Jeune, Janequin, Lambert and others form a musical memorial to a lost child, set within a visual context by way of projection and movement by Sven Werner

Saturday 4 April 2015 6pm
Britten Studio, Snape Maltings

<![CDATA["one of the most exciting concerts I've ever seen, of any genre"]]>Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:54:54 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/one-of-the-most-exciting-concerts-ive-ever-seen-of-any-genre
As you can see from the example above, we've been totally overwhelmed by the response to the Chamber Messiah in St John's Smith Square last Friday, 5th December.  We also felt that it was our best performance of the piece so far. 

Apart from the fact that illness stayed away and we finally had eight singers with no scores in the concert, the quality of the individual and collective musicianship hit a real high, and the work that we had done with Shakespeare director Tim Carroll to dramatise the piece took the project on to a new level.  This is certainly something we would like to develop in the future.

If there are any more of you out there who enjoyed the performance and would like to share your response with us, please don't hesitate to contact us, and do join the mailing list or, best of all, become a Friend!

Looking ahead, our next two projects are:
- a residency at Aldeburgh Music in January (with Open Session on 15 Jan) for a staged concert on 4 April 2015 based on 17th-century French music, entitled 'Pour un tombeau d'Anatole'
- a tour with the Bernese baroque orchestra Les Passions de l'Ame of Telemann's Die Tageszeiten and J.S. Bach's 'Singet dem Herrn' and Orchestral Suite no.3, visiting Bern (18 March 2015), London (Handel Festival, 19 March, online booking from 19 Jan), and Cambridge (Early Music +44
1223 847330, 21 March).

We'd love to see you at one of those events.

Frohe Festtage und einen guten Rutsch ins neue Jahr!
Solomon's Knot
<![CDATA[a chamber Messiah - the final countdown & BBC radio 3]]>Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:59:47 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/a-chamber-messiah-the-final-countdown-bbc-radio-3We are very excited to be returning to St John's Smith Square in London to perform our trademark 'chamber Messiah'. Following last year's Christmas Oratorio (see video below), we're back at St John's due to popular demand.  In the words of Handel scholar Dr Ruth Smith, "it bears repeating every year, it should become an institution." 

We find that performing this work 2-to-a-part (with the singers taking the solos as well as the choruses), without conductor and from memory makes it an absolutely exhilarating experience.  This year we are also collaborating with Tony-nominated Globe Theatre director Tim Carroll to bring the piece even closer to our audience.

We would love to see you at St John's on Friday 5th December at 7pm.  There are still a few of the best seats left.  Book here or on +44 207 222 1061. Halleluyah!
<![CDATA[Aldeburgh Music CEO Roger Wright's Britten Weekend blogpost]]>Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:39:58 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/aldeburgh-music-ceo-roger-wrights-britten-weekend-blogpost
After coming to our final Open Session, as well as all the other events that were on over Aldeburgh Music's Britten Weekend last month, CEO Rogert Wright wrote this great blogpost, which contains some good photos from our event.

We had a wonderful time in Aldeburgh, with more than two weeks in the rehearsal studio with a skeleton but full-size set and plenty of opportunity to experiment.  We are now a lot further with the concept for the show in Wilton's Music Hall next November, for which we are still fundraising - please get in touch if you think you could help.  Watch this space for a short film about the Residency soon...
<![CDATA[Aldeburgh Music workshop, October 2014]]>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:52:37 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/aldeburgh-music-workshop-october-2014Picture
Our next project will be the workshopping of our staged production, 'The Hospital of Incurable Madness', at Aldeburgh Music in October. 

There will be open sessions on 17 & 26 October.  See Next Performances for more details.

We are fund-raising to enable us to put on the staged production at Wilton’s Music Hall in London in November 2015.

<![CDATA[Aldeburgh Music video of 'The Leipzig Connection']]>Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:40:05 GMThttp://www.solomonsknotcollective.com/home/aldeburgh-music-video-of-the-leipzig-connection