The end of time

december 2, the stoller hall


MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time


Presenter Tom Redmond

Fraser Langton Clarinet
Rakhi Singh Violin
Adam Szabo Cello
Simon Parkin Piano

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Manchester collective begin their tenure as ensemble in residence at the stoller hall with messiaen's harrowing masterpiece: "quartet for the end of time".

The work was written in 1941, while the French composer was a prisoner of war at Stalag VIII-A, a Nazi POW camp in Germany. It was premiered by fellow inmates to an audience of about 400 prisoners and guards, outside, in the rain. Messiaen later said of the premiere: "Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension".

At the heart of our project is a musical journey of discovery - lead by the wonderful broadcaster and presenter Tom Redmond, Manchester Collective will dismantle and reassemble the Quartet, leading the listeners through this staggering work with the help of live excerpts, and a unique "behind the scenes" insight into the process of preparing such monumental piece.

Following this, four of the most outstanding musical talents in the UK will bring this explosive work to life in performance - violinist and MC Music Director Rakhi Singh, pianist Simon Parkin, cellist Adam Szabo, and clarinettist Fraser Langton.