We are really excited to make our debut at London's Wigmore Hall on Tuesday 16 April. In the Holy week leading up to Easter, we'll present the lesser known 1725 version of JS Bach's St John Passion, which we'll perform as well at our return to the 2019 Bachfest Leipzig.
"Time and again zig-zagging choruses, lightly accompanied, sprang into fire almost as if by spontaneous combustion. Most exciting" ★★★★★ from Geoff Brown in his review for The Times (£)
"They feel the music as one body. That was one of the things that made this concert a joy." - wrote Ivan Hewett in his ★★★★ review for The Telegraph
"Inspirational, intensely dramatic performances of Bach and his predecessors" ★★★★★ from William Ruff in his review for the Nottingham Post
Also, ClassicFM paid us a visit during rehearsals and shared a Facebook Premiere of the opening chorus of Bach's Magnificat with its followers from all over the world. Happy Season's Greetings!
In the lead up to the festive season, we present 'Christmas in Leipzig' , a programme centered around Bach's ever-popular Magnificat with music from the three composers who were successive cantors at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig: Schelle, Kuhnau and Bach. Come to our concert at the beginning of Advent on Saturday 1 December at St Mary's Church in Nottingham or on Monday 10 December at Milton Court in London.
Here a little taste of Johann's Schelle's Advent cantata Machet die Tore weit
Solomon's Knot has been working with composer Mira Calix to record vocals for her new sound installation commissioned by the Historic Royal Palaces for the Tower of London, to commemorate the end of the First World War. Mira's soundscapes will accompany a visual spectacle designed by Tom Piper, who created the installation involving 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower in 2014.
As often in Mira's work, the voices will be disintegrated and rewoven together, projecting from fixed as well as portable speakers, carried around the space by dancers. The sung text is a poem by writer and First World War nurse Mary Borden, directed at an unnamed soldier. Taking place from 4-11 November, the installation will evolve over four hours from 5pm, as thousands of flames spread throughout the space.
It is a great honour to be involved in this work, especially after the great time we had collaborating with Mira at Snape Maltings with The Discovery of Bomarzo for the Aldeburgh Festival.
Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers
The Tower of London
4-11 November between 5pm-9pm
Writing in The Times, Anna Picard described our performance of motets by JS Bach and his father's cousin, Johann Christoph, as 'dazzling':
Virtuosic fioritura and vivid articulation of text and musical texture were combined in a performance of prayerfulness, playfulness and uninhibited, unmediated expressiveness from eight singers and the organist Michael Papadopoulos. Read the full article here (£).
We were moved by the very warm response from the capacity audience at St Giles Cripplegate, and are especially grateful to Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who invited us to perform as part of his Bach Weekend at the Barbican in the first place.
Solomon's Knot turns 10 years old in 2018. What began a decade ago as an experiment between friends to buck the routine of the classical music treadmill has changed and evolved into "the most interesting group currently on the oratorio scene" (Neumarkter Nachrichten, 2017).
But what we do includes far more than oratorio: from the multimedia jungle of Gesualdo and his contemporaries in The Discovery of Bomarzo, to the zany, anonymous 17th-century opera l'Ospedale, the collective's flexibility, daring, and willingness to collaborate has propelled us through the last 10 years, and promises exciting things for the future.
We have three projects lined up for the first half of this year: see Next Performances. We're also planning big things for the end of the year and beyond - watch this space!
We are thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for our Nottingham performance of the Mass in B minor by JS Bach at St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham on 16 December. Get your tickets HERE from Lakeside Arts.
electrifying from beginning to end Westmoreland Gazette
more info under Next Performances
Saturday 16 December 2017, 19:00. St Mary's in the Lace Market, Nottingham, UK Tickets from Lakeside Arts
Monday 18 December 2017, 19:30. St John's Smith Square, London. SJSS Christmas Festival. Tickets
We've also uploaded an excerpt from our performance at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival last year:
despite all the perfection of modern baroque performance, there can often be something missing - Solomon's Knot have perhaps found the answer Stephen Pritchard in The Observer
J.S. Bach Mass in B minor BWV 232
16 December 2017, 7pm. St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham, UK. Tickets from Lakeside Arts (booking opens ca. 29 September)
18 December 2017, 7.30pm. St John's Smith Square, London, UK (booking open)
We are very much looking forward to reviving our Mass in B minor in Nottingham and London. Booking is open for our performance in the St John's Smith Square Christmas Festival, where we return after our "Christmas in Leipzig" performance there in 2015. We are also very excited to make our debut in Nottingham, where we bring the piece to the wonderful medieval church of St Mary in the Lace Market.
Stephen Pritchard of the The Observer gave our Spitalfields performance (December 2016) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
"organic music-making at its most sophisticated"
"great musicianship allied to unaffected communication made everyone in the hall feel included"
Read the review in full here.
We would love to see you at one of our performances, and share the power of this astonishing music with you.
We are very grateful for the support of the RHL Foundation for our UK Mass in B minor performances.
St John Passion
Tuesday 16 April
Saturday 4 May
Friday 7 June
St George's Bristol
St John Passion
Wednesday 19 June
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