Concert Ticket - Solomon's Knot: Fear & Hope Thursday 7th November


Ticket for Solomon's Knot - 7.30pm on Thursday 7th November
St Michael & All Angels Church, SE3 9JL

N.B. Seating is unreserved and is on a first come first served basis. There are no concessions for this concert.

Programme - Fear & Hope

Taking these ever-present emotions as common ground, Solomon’s Knot places vocal music by Schütz and Schein, under the shadow of the Thirty Years War, alongside Latin works by Tallis and Byrd, Catholics in a shifting religious and political landscape.


Determined to communicate the full power of music as directly as possible, the collective SOLOMON’S KNOT was founded in London in 2008. Led by joint artistic directors Jonathan Sells and James Halliday the group performs without a conductor, the singers by heart.

What began a decade ago as a promise never to lose the joy of performing, to blow the dust off so-called ‘early’ music and break down the barriers to classical concerts has evolved into Solomon’s Knot’s reputation today: direct communication, adventurous programming and bold trademark performances from memory.

Our flexible approach enables us to explore a wide range of repertoire, especially music written before 1800, from the madrigals of Gesualdo to JS Bach’s Mass in B minor with 10 singers and 20 instrumentalists, or the rediscovery of the anonymous opera l’Ospedale (ca. 1650), due to appear on DVD.

In exploring new ways to present ancient music to modern ears, eyes and minds, we also work closely with directors, composers, choreographers, visual artists, and other ensembles. From 2013-2017 Solomon’s Knot was part of Snape Malting’s inaugural Open Space development scheme. Recent collaborations include projects with Spira mirabilis, Sven Werner, James Hurley, Tim Carroll, Federay Holmes, Mira Calix, and Les Passions de l’Ame.

We are grateful to Sir John Eliot Gardiner for his invitations to the Bachfest Leipzig in 2016 and his Barbican Bach Weekend in 2018. We have also appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, Händel-Festspiele Halle, Newbury Spring Festival, Thüringer Bachwochen, Regensburger Tage Alter Musik, Spitalfields Music Festival, London Handel Festival, and St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival.

Solomon’s Knot revived and recorded ‘Christmas in Leipzig', a programme with seasonal music by JS Bach, Kuhnau and Schelle, for CD release in 2019. “Time and again zig-zagging choruses, lightly accompanied, sprang into fire almost as if by spontaneous combustion. Most exciting.” The Times *****

Concerts in 2019 have included our Wigmore Hall debut with the second version of JS Bach’s Johannes-Passion, returns to the Thüringer Bachwochen, Leipzig Bachfest, the Bachwochen in Thun, St George’s Bristol, a residency at the Ryedale Festival and our first appearance at the BBC Proms.

SKonnect, Solomon’s Knot’s education strategy, takes the excitement of ‘old' music into classrooms and workshops around the UK and further afield. Recently, schools in Nottingham and London have benefitted from hearing musicians perform for them live and explain the wonders of this colourful and exhilarating repertoire.