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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs | Rachmaninoff’s Vespers

20 July 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

$30 – $135
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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.   

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


20 July 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
$30 – $135
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Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
(02) 8274 6200
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Sydney Town Hall
483 George Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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