Wigmore Hall presents

Solomon’s Knot

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio

Much of its music adapted from previous compositions, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio consists of half a dozen cantatas designed to be performed on separate occasions during the Christmas period – as was originally the scheme in Leipzig between December 25, 1734 and January 6, 1735. As such, it is rarely heard complete. In this program the first four cantatas are performed.

Determined to communicate the full power of 17th- and 18th-century music as directly as possible, the collective Solomon’s Knot was founded in London in 2008. Led by artistic director Jonathan Sells, 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 early music and break down the barriers of classical music has evolved into Solomon’s Knot’s reputation today: direct communication, adventurous programming and bold trademark performances from memory.

Known as much for vigour and risk-taking as for historical authenticity and intelligent programming– The Financial Times

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Christmas Oratorio BWV248
Cantata I: Jauchzet, frohlocket! Auf, preiset die Tage
Cantata II: Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend
Cantata III: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das Lallen
Cantata IV: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit Loben

Monday, December 20, 2021
Livestream starts at 3:00pm

To enjoy this concert visit: www.wigmore-hall.org.uk