Confinement and its effects on the mind are explored in the world premiere of a new arrangement of Stephen McNeff’s Vivienne, supported by the Leche Trust. Inspired by Vivienne Haigh-Wood, wife of T.S. Eliot, it explores her poor health, ill-fated marriage and latter years spent in an asylum. It is followed by Messiaen’s seminal Quartet for the End of Time, written and premiered whilst Messiaen was held in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II.
Stephen McNeff - Vivienne (world premiere of ensemble arrangement)
Olivier Messiaen - Quartet for the End of Time