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Join a team of internationally respected Messaien scholars and interpreters, together with Messiaen's successor as organist titulaire at the church of La Trinité, to commemorate and celebrate the twentieth century's greatest composer for the organ.
If you cannot attend the whole day, tickets for the concluding organ recital can be purchased separately in advance and at the door. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see charges and to book online. Tickets for the whole day must
be booked in advance. Admission is free of charge for students in full time education if they attend the whole day. Click here to send an email to notify us of your wish to attend. If attending the concluding recital only they should book online (concessionary rate applies).
09:30 Registration in the David Josefowitz Hall of the Royal Academy of Music
10:00–10:45 Welcome and paper 1, Robert Sholl (Royal Academy of Music):
Olivier Messiaen: Catholicism, Catharsis and the Organ and ‘the Voice of God’
11:00–12:00 Keynote talk by Thomas Lacôte (Organist of La Trinité, Paris):
Instrument and Invention: Olivier Messiaen at la Trinité
12:15–13:15 recital by Roderick Chadwick, piano (Royal Academy of Music)
from Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant-Jésus (1944):
IX Regards du Temps
XVII Regard du Silence
La Fauvette des jardins (1970)
13:15-14:15 Lunch (not provided)
14:15–15:00 Roderick Chadwick paper 2:
Listening to the Messiaens play garden warblers
15:00–15:45 Andrew Shenton (Boston University – presented online) paper 3:
Plus ça change: Messiaen interpretation on record
16:00–16:45 International recitalist Jennifer Bate talks about her experience of working with Messiaen, sharing significant materials with us. This is followed by a question-and-answer session compèred by D'Arcy Trinkwon
17:00–18:00 recital by Thomas Lacôte (Organist of La Trinité, Paris) on the Rieger organ of St Marylebone Parish Church
Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
from Livre d’orgue:
Les Mains de l’abîme
Thomas Lacôte (b. 1982)
Études pour orgue, 1er cahier (2008): Alluvions en flamme
Jean-Louis Florentz (1947–2004)
from Les Laudes (1985):
Chant des fleurs (piece IV)
from Versant tempéré (2007-2008):
Deuxième petite étude d’interaction
from Méditions sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité (1969):
IV Dieu est
from Livre du Saint Sacrement (1984)
Institution de l’Eucharistie
la résurrection du Christ
Attendance fees - whole day
RCO Members: £34
Students in full time education: free. Click here to send an email to claim your free place.
Attendance fees - concluding organ recital only
RCO Members: £10
RCO Student Members: £5
Other full time students: £7.50
Jennifer Bate performs Messiaen's La Nativité and music by J. S. Bach
Thursday 19 October, 19:30
St James, Muswell Hill, London N10 3DB
Tickets £10.00, in aid of Médicins sans Frontières and St James's Raise the Roof appeal. Click here to purchase in advance.