Steven Osborne plays Messiaen

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Olivier Messiaen Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus

Any performance of Messiaen’s meditation on the childhood of Christ is a special event. But when the pianist is Steven Osborne, acclaimed round the world for his breathtaking traversal of this veritable Everest of the pianist’s repertoire, the event
becomes unmissable.

Messiaen distils his passionate catholic faith into a kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound with an emotional range running from profound contemplation to ecstatic joy. An overwhelming experience.

“Osborne had a wonderful sense of sweep and colour [and] had his listeners rapt… even unbelievers might have felt
like falling to their knees”.
The Independent

The Sunday Times

Duration 2 hours 15 mins (without interval)

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Abbey Church, North Berwick

The Abbey Church was built in 1868 to house a congregation formed by the union of a Free Church with a United Presbyterian church. It was designed by Robert R Raeburn in Early English style. The site had been used in the 18th Century by a ‘praying society’ but it is not known why the new church was named ‘Abbey’. One plausible theory is that the area was known locally as the ‘abbey lands’ because it included the ruins of a mediaeval Cistercian priory. Among the church’s stained glass windows is one by Sax Shaw (1972) which has an arrangement of suspended planes representing an ascent of doves.

Abbey Church, North Berwick