Solomon’s Knot ‘Christmas in Leipzig’ with Bach and others – Saturday 1 December

Christmas in Leipzig

Solomon’s Knot return on Saturday 1st December for another amazing evening of music sung from memory.

Seasonal concert of music by the three ‘Johanns’ who were subsequently cantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig: Schelle, Kuhnau and Bach. All sung from memory, the concert features Bach’s jubilant Magnificat in Eb, which he composed for Christmas Day. It is paired with Kuhnau’s rarely heard Magnificat, which served as a model for Bach’s masterpiece. Opening with an Advent Motet by Schelle, baroque collective Solomon’s Knot make their much-anticipated return to Nottingham with this seldom heard music for the festive season.

“Known as much for vigour and risk-taking as for historical authenticity and intelligent programming” according to the Financial Times, the ensemble’s direct performance style was described by 365 Bristol as “serious kick up the baroque backside”.

Johann Schelle Machet die Tore weit (Motet for Advent)
Johann Kuhnau Magnificat in C
JS Bach Magnificat in Eb (including Christmas lauds)


Saturday 1 December, 7pm
St Mary’s Church, Nottingham
£20 unreserved

Tickets can be booked with the box office of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall by phone on 0115 989 5555 or following this link:

Here’s what the Nottingham Post said about last year’s performance:

‘Solomon’s Knot had people on their feet and in tears at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market’

‘One of the most radiant highlights of a remarkable musical year in Nottingham’

‘Solomon’s Knot’s achievement in presenting the Mass in B Minor was revelatory. For a start they sing the entire score from memory – solos and choruses. This in itself is an astonishing feat in a work so long and so complex.’

‘Solomon’s Knot presents Bach’s masterwork as intimate drama, almost operatic in its ability to engage directly with the emotions and intellects of their audience …. their eyes directing the audience to notice new things about the music’s meaning and texture.’

‘At the end of their performance the audience rose to its feet to applaud, some in tears, all deeply moved by what they had heard and seen.’


October 18th: Auction of Robins for Notts Hospice

The 34 gorgeous robins who’ve brightened up the city centre over the summer flew into St Mary’s last Thursday for a grand auction. They completley stole the hearts of bidders who spent £133,000 for the privilege of taking one home.  All proceeds went to Nottinghamshire Hospice who organised the event.

The cost of using the church was generously donated.














ChurchwardenTony Mitchell resisted buying ‘Judge Robin’, but it was a tough call.

Strange Friends – Drama and Music inspried by World War 1

On Wednesday October 10th, 7.30pm start, the Sinfonia Viva Orchestra, the Lost Boys Drama Company together with soloists and choir bring professional music and drama conceived from WW1 sources to St Mary’s Church.

In Part 1,  The Lost Boys present ‘Strange Meeting’ which is an emotionally wrought play built around Wilfred Owen’s poem of the same name.

After the interval professional musicians perform extracts from Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.

Service of Thanksgiving for the RAF and Commemoration of the Battle of Britain

We’re looking forward to our Service of Thanksgiving  at 10.45am on Sunday 16 September. This will be led by our Vicar, Rev’d Tom Gillum and an address will be given by the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, Rt. Rev’d Paul Williams.  The Lord-Lieutenant and Civic dignatories are attending and the RAF will be well represented. Everyone is very welcome to attend.

After the Service there’ll be a parade to the Market Square and a fly-past by a Lancaster bomber at 1300 hrs.


You are most welcome to our Services on

Sunday 10.45am Parish Communion and 6.30pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 8.30am Holy Communion

Wednesday 6.15pm Choral Evensong

Thursday 1.15pm  Holy Communion