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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.


Pre-Concert Talk - Thursday 10th November 2022, 6.30-7.00pm

Recital Room, Blackheath Halls

Artistic Director of Solomon’s Knot, Jonathan Sells, chats to LIFEM Festival Director, Chris Butler, about their evening performance Fürchte dich nicht (Be not afraid!) - motets by Johann Sebastian and Johann Christoph Bach. This will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Free to attend with ticket to Solomon’s Knot concert

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.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Fürchte dich nicht
Komm, Jesu, komm
Jesu, meine Freude
Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703)
Fürchte dich nicht
Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf
Herr, nun lässest du deinen Diener in Friede fahren
Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt

Clare Lloyd-Griffiths
Zoë Brookshaw
Kate Symonds-Joy
Nathan Mercieca
Thomas Herford
Ruairi Bowen
Jonathan Sells
Alex Ashworth

Approx. finish time 9.30pm.