Messiaen at King’s College London

‘Messiaen’s world and the Vingt Regards’: study day at King’s College London

We are delighted to announce that the next event in Cordelia Williams’ festival Between Heaven & the Clouds: Messiaen 2015 will take place on Tuesday 28th April at King’s College London. Registration is now open for this fascinating study day (free to attend), which will offer an in-depth exploration of Messiaen’s piano masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant- Jésus and its origins. Cordelia will give a lunchtime performance and will also speak about the ways in which Messiaen portrays theological meaning through music. She will be joined for the day by leading academics Edward Forman, Jeremy Thurlow, Christopher Dingle and Ben Quash, as well as poet Michael Symmons Roberts and artist Sophie Hacker. Sessions will look at topics including Messiaen’s world and the conception of the Vingt Regards, ideas of truth and reality within Messiaen’s work, and the ‘unsecularity of twentieth century music’.

For a full schedule of the day, registration and more information about Messiaen 2015, please visit

11am-5pm, 28th April 2015; Great Hall, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS

Free (includes afternoon refreshments), registration required.


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