St Edmundsbury Cathedral will host recital of Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur

The restored organ at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
The restored organ at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
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An organ recital celebrating the birth of Christ will be played on Sunday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Director of Music, James Thomas, will be performing Oliver Messiaen’s La Nativité du Seigneur.

Mr Thomas, who has played the great cycle of music more than 20 times, plays this annually at the cathedral.

The recital, starting at 5pm, is free with a retiring collection and heralds the start of this year’s cycle of music at the Bury St Edmunds cathedral. This will be announced shortly and will include the 2016 organ festival whichcelebrates its fifth anniversary this year.

In 2010 the new organ was constructed by Harison & Harrison from Durham after £1million was raised to replace the former organ.

Messaien’s great work was the last piece performed on the old instrument in January 2010 before the massive task of installing the new organ was undertaken.