Monday 28 September 2020

The first time St Paul's Cathedral has hosted an in-person concert since lockdown: the City Music Foundation presents Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps at St Paul's Cathedral with City Music Foundation artists

Olivier Messiaen's chamber masterpiece, Quatuor pour la fin du temps, will receive a live performance, with audience at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday 23 October 2020, performed by four City Music Foundation Artists, Emily Sun, violin, Ariana Kashefi, cello, Joseph Shiner, clarinet, Alexander Soares, piano. This will be the first time that the cathedral has been open for an in-person concert since lockdown. Tickets are free and available on a first come, first served basis. 

The idea behind the concert is to offer Londoners an opportunity for contemplation and reflection as we learn to live with the devastating effects of the pandemic, and the performance is linked to the Remember Me website created by St Paul's Cathedral as an on-line book of remembrance.

Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps, inspired by the Book of Revelation, was written during his incarceration in a concentration camp and its instrumentation, violin, clarinet, cello, piano, was dictate by the instrumentalists available. The work was premiered 1941 in Stalag VIII-A, a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz, Germany (now Zgorzelec, Poland).

Full details from the City Music Foundation website.

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