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James Thomas performs annual Organ meditation...

On Sunday 10 January 2021, at 5.30 pm James Thomas returns to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, to perform the organ meditation La Nativité du Seigneur, by Oliver Messiaen. Due to the current restrictions, the recital will be available online via the Cathedral’s Facebook page


La Nativité du Seigneur is Olivier Messiaen’s (1908-1992) earliest large-scale work for organ and displays his unique compositional style. It uses different rhythms and harmonies to reflect the story of the Incarnation, the birth of Christ. This will be the 22nd time that James Thomas, former Director of Music, has performed this magnificent piece in the Cathedral. He will be playing the Cathedral’s Harrison and Harrison organ, in the year when the Cathedral marks the tenth anniversary of its installation.


“With so much uncertainty at present, it is wonderful to have the constancy of worship, prayer and music,’ comments Sarah Friswell, PR Manager at the Cathedral. ‘This particular organ meditation is a regular feature in the Cathedral’s Christmas programme. This year people can enjoy it from the comfort of their own homes.”


Throughout January, the Cathedral is also offering a programme of virtual organ recitals on Friday lunchtimes at 1.00 pm, starting on 8 January. These too are livestreamed Full details of all online events at the Cathedral are available on the website


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