Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

Hope for a New Dawn offers you an exceptional experience of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time under Luke Jerram’s breathtaking Gaia artwork in Southwark Cathedral.

Messiaen composed and premiered the piece during the most difficult period of his life as a prisoner of war in a German camp, armed only with a bag of miniature scores, a pencil and music paper. The piece reminds us that we have the ability to create beauty even under the most difficult circumstances.

Pull up one of our comfy cushions, wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and enjoy an hour of stillness to take what we so often lack in our busy lives: time to reflect on our place in this beautiful world and to remember that even the longest and darkest night is followed by a new dawn.


Alexandra Wood violin
Joely Koos cello
Katherine Spencer clarinet
Huw Watkins piano 


Messian Quartet for the End of Time

Booking information

Prices and discounts

Standard: £25, £20
Concessions: £20, £15
Wheelchair/Access tickets: £20, £15
CLS 5IVER (students, 16-25s): £5 - roaming only
Child (U16s): £1

No booking fees. All tickets are subject to availability. Read our terms and conditions of sale.

For free essential companion/personal assistant tickets and access enquiries, please contact our box office by email at boxoffice(at) or visit our Box Office support page.

Gaia Festival Saver: Save £5 when you book for both Morning, Noon and Night and Hope for a New Dawn. The discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.

Series Saver: Save 10% on Standard tickets when you book for three or more concerts in this series at the same time. The discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.

Choose how you experience the music

Guaranteed seating: Experience the music in guaranteed seats in the Cathedral’s Nave, in front of the main performance space, while still having the freedom to move about if you wish.

Roaming: Pull up one of our comfy cushions, sit on the ledges, and create your own musical journey by wandering and exploring the acoustics around the Cathedral.