Manchester Collective: The End of Time

Saturday 13 June 8pm BST


Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is a tour de force for players and listeners alike – a desperately moving, technically fiendish paean to the human spirit. It’s a work that is by turn heartrendingly beautiful, ecstatic and psychotic.

Messiaen wrote the piece in 1941, while he was interned at a Nazi prisoner of war camp in Germany. The Quartet was premiered by fellow inmates to an audience of about 400 prisoners and guards, outside, in the rain. The composer later said of the premiere: “Never was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension”.

Join Manchester Collective for the online broadcast of this unforgettable piece, recorded live at The Stoller Hall in December 2017.


Taking Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as a starting point, Rakhi Singh of Manchester Collective looks for musical links and inspiration beyond the world of classical – from the sound of birdsong to the influence of raga.


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