A Walk through the End of Time
A play by Jessica Duchen inspired by the visionary music of Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time.
The drama illuminates the music from a creative, philosophical and aesthetic perspective, exploring the ideas behind the music and the circumstances of its composition. It pays tribute to the enduring power of music, love and the human spirit.
The Ealing Autumn Festival and the Friends of Christ the Saviour
are presenting a unique double-bill of drama and music.
Quartet for the End of Time
Chamber music written by Messiaen while he was a prisoner in Stalag VIII-A in Görlitz, Silesia. It was given its first performance in the camp with three other fellow prisoners to the entirey of the prisoners and guards.
The music was inspired by verses from The Book of Revelation as an angel announces that "there should be time no longer".
Richard George (violin)
Colin Bradbury (clarinet)
Adrian Bradbury (cello)
Gillian Spragg (piano)
Messiaen in 1930
Studio Harcourt - Bibliothèque nationale de France, Public Domain
Caroline Dooley (Christine)
David Webb (Paul)
The play will be presented as a rehearsed reading.
Jessica Duchen, author
How to get there
Nearest station Ealing Broadway: 4-5 minutes walk
Central and District Lines, National Rail (Heathrow Connect)
Buses: E1, E2, E8, E7, E9, E10, E11, 65, 83, 207, 266, 427, 607
Christ the Saviour Parish Church
Ealing W5 2XA
To buy tickets please click here.
Funds will be given to the Friends of Christ the Saviour to preserve the heritage of this beautiful church building.
Ealing has a very proud history of artists who have gained national and international acclaim. We are especially pleased to be able to offer a team of musicians who are closely connected with Ealing as residents and through their education. Colin Bradbury in particular has had the most distinguished career as a clarinettist.
At the age of 18 Colin Bradbury, a founder member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain,
played Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival.
His first solo appearance with the orchestra was at the Proms in a performance of Debussy's Première Rhapsodie,
and during the next thirty years he performed the concertos of Mozart, Weber, Nielsen, Busoni and many others
at the Proms, in the concert hall and in the studio.
In the orchestra, Colin Bradbury worked with conductors from Adrian Boult to Pierre Boulez in a repertoire
unequalled in its breadth and depth. The orchestra performed in concert halls all over the world, as well as returning
every year to the Royal Albert Hall, where Colin’s playing of the clarinet cadenza in the Henry Wood Fantasia on
British Sea Songs became a regular feature of the Last Night celebrations.
Saturday 5th March
Length: approx 3 hours
General admission £15
Concessions over 60 £12
16 and under Free