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ChorusOz The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

9 June 2024

In the Concert Hall

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Classical Music

Brett Weymark leads the annual ‘big sing’ in one of the most popular choral works of our time, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. In a divided world, find harmony singing for peace.


ChorusOz – Sydney Philharmonia Choirs' annual “big sing” – brings together singers from across Australia and around the world for an inspiring weekend of community and music-making in the Sydney Opera House. 

For 2024, Brett Weymark has chosen one of the most popular choral works of our time, with thousands of performances and decades in the classical charts: The Armed Man. Its starting point is a mediæval earworm (L’Homme armé) but the themes are absolutely contemporary. 

Inspired by the tragedy of the Kosovo War, Karl Jenkins combines sacred and secular texts. It’s exhilarating music to perform, with a parade of musical styles, thought-provoking texts and powerful emotions. Equally exhilarating are the choral hymns Finlandia and Jerusalem. And – for the first time in the 16-year history of ChorusOz – SPC has commissioned a new Australian work by Katie Noonan and Andrew O’Connor of AVÉ especially for this event.

Whether you’re in the choir singing at full voice, or joining us in the audience, find harmony singing for peace.

Presented by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs


Karl JENKINS The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Jean SIBELIUS Finlandia with choral hymn finale
Hubert PARRY Jerusalem (orchestral accompaniment by Edward Elgar)
Katie NOONAN & Andrew O’CONNOR An Instrument of Peace
† Sydney Philharmonia Choirs commission


Brett Weymark conductor
Katie Noonan soprano
AVÉ (Australian Vocal Ensemble)
ChorusOz 2024
Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra

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