LIFEM | 9-12 November 2022

Solomon's Knot

Thursday 10th November 2022, 7.30pm

St. Michael & All Angels, Pond Road, Blackheath SE3 9JL

Solomon's Knot are an international, flexible collective of unconducted instrumentalists and singers who want to bring old music to new life by pushing the limits of what is possible on stage. Taking inspiration from innovative live theatre, their singers sing everything by heart, and they combine scrupulous musical preparation with high-wire risk-taking and intense, direct delivery.

Their sound is defined by tight, compact instrumental impact coupled with the vocal virtuosity of soloists who can meld as an intuitive ensemble.  

They collaborate with stage directors, visual artists, other ensembles, composers, and choreographers in order to challenge what they do and learn from others. These include Tim Carroll, Federay Holmes, John la Bouchardière, Sven Werner, Mira Calix, Spira mirabilis and Les Passions de l’Ame.

Their performance of the 1725 version of JS Bach’s Johannes-Passion at the Bachfest Leipzig and Wigmore Hall in 2019 was acclaimed as “setting new standards” by the Leipziger Volkszeitung. In the same summer, they made their debut at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bach cantatas for St Michael-and-All-Angels. Magnificat, their debut CD of festive music by Schelle, Kuhnau, and JS Bach was released on Sony Classical in November 2019, and their opera production L’ospedale is available on DVD.

 

Programme - Thursday 10th November 2022, 7.30pm

Fürchte dich nicht
Motets by Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph Bach
 
Elements of JS Bach’s motet style can be traced back to the previous generation of his family, when his father’s cousins Johann Christoph and Johann Michael Bach experimented with soprano chorale cantus firmus and audacious harmonic language at the service of the text. Alongside Johann Sebastian’s well-known masterpieces, Solomon’s Knot perform a number of works by the ‘profund' and 'expressive’ Johann Christoph, as JSB himself did in Leipzig in the final years of his life.

Soprano

Clare Lloyd-Griffiths
Zoë Brookshaw

Alto

Kate Symonds-Joy
Nathan Mercieca

Tenor

Thomas Herford
Ruairi Bowen

Bass

Jonathan Sells
Alex Ashworth

Approx. finish time 9.30pm.