Karakorum: A Medieval Musical Journey

Narrated by David Wenham


Karakorum was perhaps the most pronounced exploration of both music and belief I have encountered
Sydney Scoop

The concert has an atmosphere at times of exuberance and buoyancy, but also unexpected discovery and enigmas
Sydney Arts Guide

Wonderful expression of world music with the added bonus of Wenham's wonderful narration
Broadway World Australia

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The ‘medieval world folk’ ensemble, La Camera delle Lacrime, joins the Brandenburg in a performance that follows one man’s quest to convert the Great Khan to Christianity in the Mongol capital, Karakorum. The man was William of Rubruck, and this theatrical musical voyage is based on his manuscript and itinerarium.

WATCH NOW > A five-part teaser to transport you on a path towards a mysterious, cultural, and spiritual journey.

Be transported back to the 13th Century on an expansive musical journey, exploring Christian, Islamic and Eurasian worlds. Members of the Brandenburg Choir joins La Camera delle Lacrime, who perform on an eclectic range of rare instruments, for a moving performance of forgotten hymns, melodies and chants.

This haunting show will evoke each of the remote locations on William of Rubruck’s vast trip. Cross from west to east, from concert hall to theatre – on a mysterious, cultural, and spiritual journey.

La Camera Ensemble

English narration by David Wenham

“I wanted to introduce an English narration to guide us through Rubruck’s great journey, and I imagined the voice of David Wenham,” says Paul. “I’m happy to announce that David Wenham has come on board for this project, which is a dream come true. I’m excited about the chance to collaborate with one of Australia’s great acting talents on such a unique and theatrical project.”
- Paul Dyer, Artistic Director

David Wenham

David Wenham is one of Australia’s most respected actors, acclaimed for his diverse performances in film, theatre, and television.
David’s film credits include Lion, Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers and Return of the King, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Moulin Rouge, and many more.

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French musical ensemble La Camera delle Lacrime is based in Sémaphore de Cébazat, Clermont Auvergne Métropole. This ensemble is supported by French Ministry of Culture / DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Regional Council of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and Bureau Export: French Music around the world.

Venue Details
City Recital Hall
2-12 Angel Place
Sydney NSW 2000

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Queensland Performing Arts Centre
Corner Grey and Melbourne Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

210428 BRANDENBURG 22 20 5859
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