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Strozzi: Songs from a Beautiful Mouth

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Guthrie stage director

An immersive performance of Barbara Strozzi’s complete First Book of Madrigals (Primo Libro di Madrigali), opus 1. Sung from memory.

  • 26 January 2024 - Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Gent 

  • 27 January 2024 - Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, NE 

  • 4 February 2024 - Wigmore Hall, London

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

English Baroque Soloists

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Dinis Sousa - Musical Director

Lenneke Ruiten - soprano

Christian Gerhaher - baritone


Heinrich Schütz: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Psalm 84)

Heinrich Schütz: Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben

Johann Christoph Bach: Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt

Johannes Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), Op.45

Handel: Israel in Egypt - International Tour

English Baroque Soloists

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

Class of 1685: Handel, Bach, Scarlatti

Solomon's Knot

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) - Stabat Mater for 10 voices

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) - Missa Brevis in A BWV 234

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) - Dixit Dominus HWV 232

Three composers, each of them a defining character of the Baroque, all born in 1685.  Since Händel ‘went native’ in England, they can be seen as standing for three different national styles: Italian, German, and English. Some of their most fervent works, sung one-to-a-part and by heart.

  • 4 April 2024 - St George’s, Hanover Square, London (London Handel Festival)

  • 5 April 2024 - Bachkirche, Arnstadt (Thüringer Bachwochen)

  • 11 May 2024 - Stadtkirche Stein am Rhein (Internationales Bachfest Schaffhausen)

  • 15 May 2024 - De Singel, Antwerp 

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Handel: Esther

Solomon's Knot

GF Händel Esther HWV 50a (earliest reconstructible version, 1720)

Handel’s Esther is considered to be the first English oratorio, but the grand London version of 1732 had its roots in a much earlier masque performed in the late 1710s at Cannons.

The body of musicians of Handel’s earlier employer, James Brydges, was more modest, and this early version suits Solomon’s Knot’s chamber performance style perfectly. 10 singers will deliver the work by heart, together with 18 instrumentalists, in a dramatised concert performance.

  • 24 May 2024 - Musikfestspiele Saar

  • 25 May 2024 - Dom zu Halle (Händel-Festspiele Halle)

  • 27 May 2024 - Wigmore Hall, London

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Bach Motets

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

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Bach Magnificat

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Herford Solo & Ensemble

JS Bach (1685-1750)
Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! BWV70
O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort BWV60
Magnificat in E-flat BWV243a with Christmas interpolations

7 December - Wigmore Hall, London -

9 December - St Mary’s Church, Nottingham -

Bach and Handel - International Tour

English Baroque Soloists

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

​Bach: Mass in B minor 

Friday 20 October - Harris Theater, Chicago

Monday 23 October - McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton

Wednesday 25 October - Carnegie Hall, New York City

Friday 27 October - Montreal Bach Festival, Maison symphonique

Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Saturday 21 October - Harris Theater, Chicago

Thursday 26 October - Carnegie Hall, New York City

St John Passion

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Herford Evangelist, Arias, Chorus

6 September - Martin Randall Travel @ Bachkirche, Arnstadt

Les Troyens (Berlioz) - International Tour

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

22 & 23 August - Festival Berlioz, La Côte Saint André, Cour du Château Louis XI

26 August - Salzburger Festspiele, Grosses Festspielhaus

29 August - Opéra Royal, Château de Versailles

1 September - Berliner Festspiele, Philharmonie Berlin, Großer Saal

3 September - BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

St Matthew Passion - International Tour Part 2

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Herford Evangelist

12 June - Nikolaikirche, Leipzig (Bachfest Leipzig)

17 June - All Saints’ Church, Boughton Aluph (Stour Music)

19 June - St James’s Spanish Place, London (Wigmore Hall)

Faure Requiem and Poulenc Motets


Stephen Layton

27 May - Concertgebouw, Amsterdam recorded for Netherlands Radio

29 May - Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Choral Inspirations - Workshop and Concert

Sonoro with Voices of Hope

20 May - Newcastle, England

Coronation of King Charles III

Monteverdi Choir

Choir of Westminster Abbey

6 May - Westminster Abbey, London

St Matthew Passion - International Tour Part 1

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Herford Evangelist

7 April - Stadtkirche St Peter und Paul, Weimar (Thüringer Bachwochen)

9 April - Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Britten Pears Arts)

11 April -Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge (Cambridge Early Music)


St John Passion - JS Bach


Finnish Baroque Orchestra

Topi Lehtipu conductor

26 February - Helsinki Music Centre

Hassan - Fredick Delius

Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia Voices

Jamie Phillips conductor

10 February - Milton Court, Barbican, London

11 February - Saffron Hall, Saffron Waldon - Recorded for Chandos

Bach Motets - Fürchte dich nicht

Solomon's Knot

Johann Sebastian Bach
Fürchte dich nicht
Jesu, meine Freude
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied

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

21 January - Concertgebouw, Brugge


Kuhnau Christmas Cantatas

Solomon's Knot

Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied *UK premiere*
O heilige Zeit (Cantata for Christmas)
Das alte ist vergangen (Cantata for the Feast of the Circumcision (New Year’s Day))  *UK premiere*
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Cantata for the First Day of Christmas)
Frohlocket, ihr Völker, und jauchzet, ihr Heiden (Cantata for Christmas) *UK premiere*

16 December - National Centre for Early Music, York

17 December - Wigmore Hall, London

York Livestream -'s%20knot%20online/2023-1-24_17.00/ncem%20online?back=2&area=2e74893f-b7ab-ea11-80ec-00505601004c&type=ga

10 & 11 December - Bern Münster, Switzerland

B Minor Mass - JS Bach

Berner Kammerchor

Thomas Herford - Tenor Soloist

Jörg Ritter - Musical director

10 November - Bern Münster

11 November - Bern Münster

19-25 November - Coventry Cathedral

Messiah - Handel 

English Concert

John Nelson - Musical director

24th November - Performance


10 November - St Michael and All Angels, Blackheath

Motets by JS Bach and JC Bach

Solomon's Knot

London International Festival of Early Music

2-15 October - International Tour

Brahms Songs

- Nänie
- Ich schwing mein Horn ins Jammertal
- Es tönt ein voller Harfenklang
- Nachtwache 1
- Einförmig ist der Liebe Gram
- Gesang der Parzen

Concertgebouworkest (6,7,9 Oct) & Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (13,14 Oct)

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

6 October  -  Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

7 October  - Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

9 October  - Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

13 October - Philharmonie, Luxembourg

14 October - Philharmonie, Luxembourg

27 August - 13 September - International Tour

Missa Solemnis - Beethoven

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Monteverdi Choir

Sir John Eliot Gardiner - Musical Director

August 31 - Berliner Festspiele @ Berlin Philharmonie

September 7 - BBC Proms @ Royal Albert Hall

September 12 - Wratislavia Cantans @ National Forum of Music

16-23 August 2022 - Recording at Kirby Hall, Northamptonshire, UK

Motets - George Jeffreys 

Solomon's Knot

Thomas Herford - High Tenor

Jonny Sells - Musical Director

2 August - Edinburgh International Festival

Fidelio - Beethoven

Philharmonia Orchestra and Voices

Sir Donald Runnicles

Thomas Herford - Philharmonia Voices

27-28 July 2022 - Recording at St Jude's on the Hill, London

Choir Concerto - William White

Aurum Vocale 

Thomas Herford - Choir and Tenor Soloist

William White - Composer and Musical Director

3 July 2022 - Church of St Gregory, Sudbury, UK

Christ lag in Todesbanden - JS Bach + works by Buxtehude, JM Bach, and others

Brecon Baroque

Thomas Herford - Tenor soloist

Rachel Podger - Musical Director

June/July 2022 - International Tour & Recording

Motets by JS Bach and JC Bach

Solomon's Knot

- Wigmore Hall - June 6

- Aldeburgh Festival - June 12

- Musikfest Stuttgart - June 23

- Martin Randall, Clare, Suffolk - July 6

- Recording made in Bachkirche, Arnstadt - June 25-28

2 May 2022 - St Dunstan's, Mayfield, UK

Mass in G - Vaughan Williams + works by Tallis, Purcell and others

Oxford Camerata

Thomas Herford - tenor soloist

Jeremy Summerly - musical director

15 April 2022 - St Bride's Church, London

Crucifixion - Stainer

The Choir of St Bride's, Fleet Street

Thomas Herford - tenor soloist

Robert Jones - musical director

7 & 9 April 2022 - Biel & Bern, Switzerland

St John Passion JS Bach

Solomon's Knot + Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn

Thomas Herford - Evangelist, Arias and Chorus

Kaspar Zehnder - musical director

Zwinglikirche Biel - 7 April

Heiliggeistkirche Bern - 9 April

19-23 March 2022 - Magdeburg, Germany

Telemann - Donnerode

Solomon's Knot + Les Passions de l'Ame

Concert at Telemannfesttage on 20 March

CD recording made 19-23 March

In Die Donner-Ode, Telemann set the Psalm of David to music in a festive, extrovert way with a prominent role for the timpani, symbolising thunder, as the title suggest. This popular vocal work by Telemann consists of two parts, and is performed alongside some of his late sacred works.

6 March 2022 - Wigmore Hall, London

Bach Brothers

Solomon's Knot

Music by two of Bach’s most notable relatives in the form of motets by his predecessors Johann Christoph Bach (1642-1703) and the latter’s younger brother Johann Michael Bach (1648-94). The former was organist at Eisenach, and also organist and harpsichordist to the local Duke: Johann Sebastian described him as ‘a profound composer.’ Johann Michael’s daughter Maria Barbara married Johann Sebastian – a distant cousin; his output of choral works is as distinguished as his sibling’s.

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