Montage image of a gamelan and a photograph of Messiaen
Classical Music

Centenary Gala: Turangalîla Symphony

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra 2024/25 Season
Sun 13 Apr 2025, 14:45
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Celebrating 100 years of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Messiaen Turangalîla Symphony

Sian Edwards conductor
Joanna MacGregor piano
Cynthia Millar ondes martenot

Our final concert in Brighton Philharmonic’s centenary season is Messiaen’s mind-blowing Turangalîla Symphony, music on a cosmic scale.

A colossal orchestra, a vintage electronic instrument straight out of Hollywood sci-fi, an unstoppable pianist... only some of the features of Messiaen’s astounding Turangalîla Symphony, and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s one hundredth birthday party.

Imagine a starburst galaxy mixed with birdsong, sumptuous love music infused by gamelan, and you’re halfway to the incredible fireworks of this masterwork: pure passion on a cosmic scale.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s Music Director Joanna MacGregor handles the titanic piano role, partnered by one of Messiaen’s greatest-living interpreters, the ondes martenot player Cynthia Millar.

In the driving seat of this massive body of sound is the wonderful British conductor Sian Edwards, for an unmissable finale to this special season. 

Join us for an incredible experience and become part of the BPO family!

‘Two Sanskrit words: ‘līlā’ means the divine play of life, and ‘turaņga’ the galloping horse of time. I want the joy in Turangalîla to be superhuman, overflowing, blinding, unlimited.' – Olivier Messiaen

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