8pm, St James Theatre Studio, 12 Palace Street, London SW1E 5JA
With Michael Symmons Roberts, poet
Olivier Messiaen’s piano masterpiece Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus, written in occupied Paris of 1944, offers twenty meditations centred around the birth of Christ. As part of a year-long project exploring this powerful music, Cordelia Williams has commissioned a poetic response from award- winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts, exploring themes of occupation and liberation, hope and despair. Tonight’s performance interweaves a selection of the most reverent and dazzling of the Vingt Regards with readings of the poetry.