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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

An immersive experience. 

Lie back on a yoga mat and let this sumptuous music wash over you.

(Or regular seats are available.)

From Night of the Soul, Sydney Festival 2022. Photo Jacquie Manning.



A digital program book will be be published here a week before the concert. A limited number of printed program books will be available for $10 each at the concert.

Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

The sun goes down, the devout gather, a worshipful vigil begins. The atmosphere is austere and contemplative in its simplicity. But the sound! The sound is rich and resonant with ancient chants and choral folksong – the voices of the choir uniting as a living, breathing instrument.

If you know Rachmaninoff – piano virtuoso and the last of the Romantics – you might be surprised to learn that his favourite creation was his All-Night Vigil. This magnificent work combines the sumptuous sonorities of the Russian Orthodox liturgical tradition with Rachmaninoff’s own irresistible Romantic style for a musical experience that’s literally heaven on earth. And in this rare Sydney performance, we’re inviting you to lie back and immerse yourself in this gorgeous music.

Performing a cappella, our Symphony Chorus will shine in music that soars heavenward, plunges into the rich bass registers, imitates bells, and reveals to rapturous effect what can be achieved with voices alone.

Join us for a musical vigil to elevate your spirit.

Seating options for this concert include yoga mats on the main floor of the Sydney Town Hall. Regular seats in the galleries, around the perimeter of the floor and on the stage.   

Saturday 20 July at 7pm
Sydney Town Hall

This performance will run for 1 hour and 10 minutes. No interval.


Sergei RACHMANINOFF All-Night Vigil


Brett Weymark conductor
Hannah Fraser mezzo-soprano
Louis Hurley tenor
Symphony Chorus
Nicholas Russoniello saxophone
Sydney Philharmonia String Ensemble


Premium $135 | A $110 | B $71 | C $50 | D $40
Concessions $122 | A $99| B $64 | C $45 | D $36
Under 30 $30
A booking fee of $8.95 per transaction applies.