La Nativité du Seigneur

January 10, 2021 | 5:30 pm January 31, 2021
at home

On Sunday 10 January at 5.30 pm, James Thomas will perform Olivier Messiaen’s great organ meditation on the incarnation ‘La Nativité du Seigneur’.


Due to Tier 4 restrictions, this event will now be online only.

Watch below (YouTube link will go live at 5.30 pm on 10 January).

First performed by the composer in 1936, at the age of twenty eight, this is Messiaen’s earliest large-scale work for organ, in which his unique compositional style is fully displayed. Rarely can any composer have established a style so peculiar to himself so early in his career. In terms of rhythm, harmony, melody and tone colour (through innovative use of the organ), this cycle of pieces broke new ground. Some of these meditations are mysterious, some dramatic, some very naive; all have the same purpose, to convey through a clear and certain technique emotion and sincerity of faith.


This will be the 22nd time that James Thomas, former Director of Music, has performed this work in the Cathedral.

A programme for the recital can be found here.