Kirkos Ensemble and friends are proud to present BLACKOUT, a concert series of contemporary music and food in complete darkness.
For the first concert in the series, we’re serving up Messiaen’s seminal Quartet For The End of Time, performed by a quartet of Kirkos members: Róisín Walters [violin], Yseult Cooper Stockdale [cello], Léonie Bluett [clarinet] and Máire Carroll [piano].
Written while imprisoned in Stalag VIIIA, the work is a devout celebration of the composer’s beloved God, summoning the entire spectrum of human suffering as it reaches for the heavens. This music cries out for the embrace of darkness.
Kevin Volans, Roger Doyle, Ed Bennett, and Robert Coleman have written solo works in response to Messiaen’s seminal work – one for each musician.
Meanwhile, Kevin Powell [Gruel Guerrilla] and Vania Ling will be serving up a selection of flavour notes, textures, aromas, and bite-size delights to pair with the performance of these works.
And last but by no means least, French wine will be served to compliment and heighten these great pieces, courtesy of the Embassy of France.
We look forward to not being able to see you there.