A bright blue bird on a small branch, with wings outstretched

Lunchtime Concert: Olivier Messiaen, Birds And Colours - Performing Nature

Messiaen Le Merle Noir (flute and piano)
‘Le Merle Bleu’ from Catalogue d’Oiseaux (solo piano)
‘Abime des Oiseaux’ from Quartet for the End of Time (solo clarinet)
Megan Rowlands flute
Tom Verity clarinet
Richard Casey piano
Ian Costabile lighting

This concert will showcase three of Messiaen’s chamber movements with a focus on their birdsong writing with performers ‘playing bird’ to draw on naturalistic bird qualities in their performance. The concert will also play host to a light show to accompany the performance, to help listeners draw their own images of the birds with their associated shapes, colours and settings. The audience is invited to delve into the world of birds during this concert, with opportunities afterwards to ask the performers how they have drawn their birds from Messiaen’s compositions.

Supported by the NWCDTP AHRC Targeted Funding Scheme.

Tickets: Free