messiaen's masterpiece

  • THE END OF TIME is the Everest of chamber works.
  • THE END OF TIME is silence, space, despair, and hope.
  • THE END OF TIME is a journey that will change you.

when and where

Sat 2 Dec 2017 at 20.00
The Stoller Hall, Manchester (map)

the artists

Presenter Tom Redmond

Fraser Langton Clarinet
Rakhi Singh Violin
Guy Johnston Cello
Simon Parkin Piano

the music

MC / REDMOND Journey to the End of Time
MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time

about the show

Manchester Collective begin their tenure as ensemble in residence at the stoller hall with Messiaen's harrowing masterpiece: "Quartet for the End of Time".

At the heart of our project is a musical journey of discovery - BBC broadcaster and presenter Tom Redmond will lead the Collective as they completely take apart and reassemble Messiaen's Quartet, taking the audience through this staggering work with the help of live excerpts from the musicians, 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, cellist Guy Johnston, clarinettist Fraser Langton, and pianist Simon Parkin.

Audiences will have the unique opportunity to experience this work performed in the round - in addition to regular seating in the stalls at Stoller Hall, 60 audience members will be seated on stage, around the musicians.

Messiaen's Quartet was written in 1941, while the composer was interned at a Nazi prisoner of war 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".


student TICKETS

Throughout our first season, we have offered completely free tickets to anyone with a valid student card. THE END OF TIME is no exception - if you are currently a student, you can come to this show for a grand total of £0. Free student tickets can be booked using the form below. Get on it!


As our concerts tend to sell out before the day of the show, we encourage all of our guests to buy tickets in advance. Any unsold tickets will be available for purchase on the door.