Retrospective: CLoSer and the Quartet for the End of Time

Posted on: April 30, 2014 in: Concert FocusFlashback, Natural/Supernatural

We don’t know about you but we’re still buzzing from last week’s CLoSer at Village Underground. Featuring one of the most profound and important works of the 20th century, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, the concert showcased not only the poignancy of its original composition (the work was composed during Messiaen’s imprisonment in Stalag VIII Prisoner-of-War camp in Gorlitz) but also Michael Collins and our Principal Players’ extraordinary playing. With birdsong on entry, atmospheric lighting inspired by Messiaen’s synaesthesia and fascinating “talking programme notes” to begin, this was truly a night to remember!

“I could think of nowhere I’d rather have been… and with no better company” – David Nice, ArtsDesk

As usual, we got our fantastic photographer James Berry to take a few snaps of the concert which we thought we’d share in this post, along with some of our favourite comments from our Twitter page.


Our next CLoSer event will be The Entertainments in October with a programme featuring two re-imaginings of Shakespeare’s plays: Korngold’s incidental music for Much Ado About Nothing and Shostakovich’s outrageous re-working of Hamlet. Tickets, including £1 early bird tickets for a limited period only, are on sale now!