A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.
In this concert Brett Weymark showcases one of the most exquisite combinations in music: the sound of a virtuoso chamber choir with string orchestra. And the program he’s chosen reflects the musical richness of the Christian liturgical tradition and the inspirational vision of faith.
Australian composers Daniel Brinsmead and Andrew Anderson offer fervent and heartfelt expressions of joy, hope and simple devotion. Arvo Pärt’s signature bell-like style is represented by two of his most popular instrumental meditations – Festina lente and Fratres.
But the heart of this concert is music by James MacMillan, whose sublime anthem “Who Shall Separate Us?” was heard in the funeral service for Elizabeth II. His setting of the Stabat Mater is a fiercely impassioned evocation of Mary’s grief at the foot of the cross, finding soaring moments of extraordinary beauty and consolation in the heart-breaking drama of this most sorrowful of Christian texts. The Stabat Mater might be a 13th-century litany but in MacMillan’s hands it becomes a deeply personal and devastatingly immediate account of a mother’s anguish.
Saturday 14 October 2023 at 4.30pm
St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney
ANDERSON I Sing in My Heart*†
PÄRT Festina lente
BRINSMEAD Cantate Domino*†
MACMILLAN Stabat Mater**
* Concert premiere
† From 100 Minutes of New Australian Music Project
** Australian Premiere
This program will run for approximately 90 minutes, with no interval.
Brett Weymark conductor
Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra
General Admission | $75 (No Concessions)
Youth (30 & unders) | $30 (Limited number of seats, proof of age will be asked for)
** Buy this concert with The Little Match Girl Passion for $140**
A booking fee of $8.95 applies.
Up-to-date COVID guidelines will be available a few weeks before the concert. Please note that we regularly update our guidelines based on health advice available at the time.