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Grant Us Peace: Music of Vasks

After all our recent suffering, this concert offers a sanctuary in a troubled world, with meditative and comforting choral music by Latvian Pēteris Vasks and two Australian composers that speaks directly to the soul.

In St Andrew's Cathedral | Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Classical Music

COVID-safe and event information | St Andrew’s Cathedral

  • Masks are a must. To help keep everyone safe, the venue has asked that you wear a mask as a mandatory requirement of entry and during the performance. Masks will be from the Front of House team at the venue, should you need one.
  • Getting to your seat. There are two entrances to St Andrew’s Cathedral. To help you find the right entrance door (A or B) your ticket will display what door to enter from. Follow the signs or ask one of the Front of House team to assist you.
  • Box Office, Cloakroom & Bar. Sydney Philharmonia Choirs are being careful not to handle anything we don’t absolutely need to. This means we’re sending out e-tickets, and ticket collection at the Box Office will be limited. The Front of House team will direct you to your seat. There will be no bar. The Box Office will be open at the George Street entrance to help you with any questions or issues. There will be no cloakroom so we encourage you to leave bigger items at home.
  • Leaving the venue. To manage the flow of people while exiting, you’ll be asked to remain in your seat at the end of the performance until you are asked to depart.

On-sale information

General public on sale 9am, Wednesday 15 December, 2021

Tickets from $60 + $8.50 Booking Fee

Ticket Description & price
Premium  $70
General Admission $60

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection. Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times

The authorised agencies for this event are Sydney Opera House and Sydney Philharmonia Choir. For more information about Authorised Agencies, see the FAQ below.

This performance will run for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, with no interval

Event duration is a guide only and may be subject to change.

In English | Wheelchair Accessible | No Language Barrier

If you have specific access requirements we can advise you about seating and getting to the venue. See the sections below or call our Box Office on (02) 8274 6200 or Sydney Opera House Box Office on (02) 9250 7777. Alternatively, email or .

Patrons who are deaf can book tickets via the Sydney Opera House by calling (at no cost) the National Relay Service:

●       TTY users phone 13 36 77.

●       Speak and listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727.

●       Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service.

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performances are not Auslan Interpreted or Captioned performances. From time to time surtitles may be used. Lyrics are usually printed in program books, available at the venue and online up to a week before the performance.

Companion Cards

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs is a National Affiliate of the National Companion Card Scheme. The Companion Card is recognised for all concerts in our 2022 Season and entitles the purchaser to a free ticket for their companion. Patrons holding a Companion Card can call us on (02) 8274 6200, or the Sydney Opera House priority line (02) 9250 7752.

St Andrew’s Cathedral

You’ll find the accessible entrance via the George Street entrance. Once inside the cathedral, staff will guide you to the accessible seating area. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us to discuss your requirements on (02) 8274 6200.

Patrons with Hearing Requirements

There is no hearing loop system in the Cathedral.

Patrons with Sight Impairment

Working/Guide dogs are welcome at St Andrew’s Cathedral. To ensure appropriate seating is allocated please advise your requirements when booking.

Suitable for ages 12+

Children aged 15 years and under must be accompanied at all times. Children aged 0-23 months at the time of a performance may be seated on a parent’s lap free of charge.  All children occupying a seat or aged 2 year/s of age or older must hold a valid ticket.


Grant Us Peace

With Covid and climate change, now, perhaps more than ever, we need the music of Pēteris Vasks, a composer who believes music shouldn’t “tell how awful things are, how bad the world is, how bad people are” but instead “how beautiful the world is, how beautiful people’s souls are.” Vasks’ music taps into our desire for beauty and for hope – even in its more anguished moments, it remains comforting, speaking to the soul with sounds more powerful than words.

In this concert we perform two musical prayers – the beautiful and moving Pater noster (Our Father) and an ecstatic cry for peace, Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace). These alternate with the optimism of new works by Maria Lopes and Stuart Greenbaum. And at the heart of the program is Vasks’ majestic setting of the mass – sometimes sombre, sometimes gentle, sometimes animated, as if sung by “happy little angels”.

If you like Arvo Pärt or Henryk Gorecki, then you’ll recognise the spirit of “holy minimalism” in Vasks’ music. At the same time, his radiant style is completely his own – unapologetically tonal and drawing on the choral traditions of his Latvian culture.

Deborah CHEETHAM & Matthew DOYLE Tarimi Nulay – Long time living here
Pēteris VASKS Pater noster (Our Father)
Maria LOPES Life Flows On*
VASKS Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace)
Stuart GREENBAUM The Night that the Museum Burned*
VASKS Missa (Mass)

* Premiere 

Brett Weymark conductor
Chamber Singers
Sydney Philharmonia String Ensemble

Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

“Vasks started out as an angry young man in the music world but then made a shift in the road, finding a voice that was more minimalist, soothing and direct. It was almost as if he sensed a need for a new type of music – one that spoke directly to our need for safety and reassurance. It is this slow moving and meditative style that has become his hallmark, and that we wanted to share at this time, as Sydney and the world tentatively reopen.”

Artistic Director Brett Weymark OAM

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Venue Information

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs will continue to apply NSW Public Health Orders as they relate to ticketing and seating arrangements.

To help you find the right entrance at St Andrew’s Cathedral, we have indicated Door A or Door B on your ticket for easy reference. Follow the signs or ask one of our Front of House team to assist you.

On arrival, please check-in using the Service NSW app by scanning the QR code displayed at each entrance to St Andrew’s Cathedral. We encourage you to download the Service NSW app and link your Vaccination Certificate before you arrive for a quick and easy entry.

E-tickets are encouraged, and ticket collection at the Box Office will be limited. The Front of House team will direct you to your seat.

The Box Office at the George Street entrance will be open one hour prior to each performance to help you with any questions or issues.

There will be no cloakroom so we encourage you to leave bigger items at home. There will be no bar.

Transport options

  • Wilson Parking has a number of parking stations close to St Andrew’s Cathedral. We recommend St Andrew’s House Car Park, Queen Victoria Building Car Park and Citipark Car Park.
  • Getting to the St Andrew’s Cathedral on public transport is easy. Most Sydney Trains stop at Sydney Town Hall, and most CBD busses stop nearby.
  • Plan your trip here or call Transport NSW on 131 500 for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures.

Frequently Asked Questions - Performance and Venue

Will a program book with translations be available?

A free digital program book will be available to download on the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ website 1 week before the performance. A limited number of printed programs will be available for $5 at the event.  

Who are the authorised ticket sellers for this event?

The authorised agencies for this event are Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Sydney Opera House. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered reliable. 

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