Quartet for the End of Time: Beauty in Darkness

07:30 pm

Whilst imprisoned in a German POW camp, Olivier Messiaen wrote a quartet for an unusual combination of instruments intended to be performed with three other musicians interned with him. The work was premiered at the camp in 1941 to an audience of prisoners and guards, and the composer later said 'Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension.'

Pianist Ayaka Shigeno and violinist Bartosz Woroch are joined for this special performance by WNO’s principal cellist Rosie Biss & principal clarinettist Tom Verity, as part of a larger exploration of Messiaen’s quartet at the College in partnership with community groups affected by displacement or captivity.

This performance will not be socially distanced.

This performance will take place observing Covid-19 guidelines for the safety of audiences, performers and crew. Please read our Keeping You Safe information ahead of your visit to RWCMD.