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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

“A moving concert, which left everyone present wrapped in a warm, sonic hug.  
 Harriet Cunningham, Limelight Magazine, 2021

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

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.

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