Enjoy a Beautiful Organ Meditation at St Albans Cathedral

Thu, 28 November 2013

If you are visiting the Christmas Market in the grounds of the Cathedral, why not take time out from the festive rush and enjoy serene music and space for quiet reflection in the Cathedral?

On Sunday 8th December at 5.15pm, Assistant Master of the Music at the Cathedral, Tom Winpenny, will play La Nativité du Seigneur, a series of nine short meditations on the Christmas story by the doyen of French organ composers, Olivier Messiaen.

Take Some Time Out from the Christmas Rush at St Albans Cathedral

Tom Winpenny said: “Messiaen’s music is some of the most vivid and evocative in the organ repertoire, and this work has become something of a modern classic.  Lasting about 60 minutes, the performance of La Nativité provides the perfect time for quiet reflection at the end of an afternoon’s shopping, and time to appreciate the stillness of the Cathedral and to reflect on the Christmas story.  This colourful and engaging work, which includes movements depicting the Virgin and Child, the shepherds, and the kings, displays magnificently the colours of the Cathedral Organ’s renowned Harrison & Harrison organ – from the most delicate soft sounds to the majesty of the full organ.”

This free recital precedes Choral Evensong at 6.30pm, with music for Advent sung by the Cathedral Choir. 

Admission free.  Retiring collection. Not suitable for small children. For further information: Cathedral Information Desk 01727 860780.

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