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Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

Big Sing McLaren Vale is proud to announce that we’re again partnering with Coriole Winery for their annual Christmas music event in December: this year it will be two performances over one weekend of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

Saturday 16th December, 5.30pm

Sunday 17th December, 3pm

Brooke Window and Jessica Mills, sopranos

Kim Worley, tenor

Jeremy Tatchell, bass

The Fleurieu Singers

Alex Roose, conductor

14-piece orchestra

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the performance.

Coriole wines, beer and soft drinks will be available for purchase before, during and after the performance (No BYO please)

Tickets: $50

Performance is approximately 2 hours including interval.

In The News

Thanks for letting me sing in the requiem. An enjoyable experience…Honestly singing tonight helped me to enjoy singing again.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. NEVER did I think that I would get the chance to sing with a very large Choir and a Symphony Orchestra

It was stunning.

What a magnificent performance of Karl Jenkins “The Armed Man”. The choirs and orchestra performed with vigor, emotion and musicality. I was particularly impressed with the soloists and the percussionists. Bravo!

I left the concert with much to contemplate, which is a testament to the power of music.

A brilliant performance by all involved. To the students of Brighton and Marryatville, Bravo, your performance was exemplary. To all the singers from Chorale brilliant as always. To Maestro Carl Crossin, thank you for honouring this amazing work.

(We) went to the 3pm performance and it was indeed stunning. It was the most beautiful, powerful performance of anything I have been to in a very long time. Stunning performances from students of Brighton High and Marryatville High Schools in the orchestra and choir. Fabulous solo performances. I loved the call to prayer by Farhan Shah and the young Max Junge’s Kyrie!! It was all goosebumps stunning!! So much credit goes to Carl Crossin.

Thank you Big Sing!


Review: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins

The Welsh composer Karl Jenkins is among the most performed living composers. His 2000 work The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace has racked up nearly 3000 performances to date, and receives its first “full” Australian performance in the 2022 edition of The Big Sing.Jenkins takes the text of the Latin Mass as his basis, and around it weaves other texts including a Muslim call to prayer, the Indian epic Mahabharata, and poetry by Kipling, Dryden, Malory, and the Japanese poet Sankichi. The Big Sing is now firmly established as a major community event in the southern vales, and this mammoth undertaking is by far their most ambitious project to date. No fewer than five choirs, 300-odd voices, plus the combined orchestras of Marryatville High School and Brighton Secondary School (with some illustrious alumni in section leads) were under the outstanding direction of Carl Crossin. Crossin is among the finest choral conductors in Australia, and brought together the disparate forces with consummate skill. And so to the music. The 13 movements are very diverse, from martial pomp to poignant reflection, and there is some very exacting writing. It has its memorable tunes — the Benedictus is played to a madness on ABC Classic. But when experienced with the accompanying film — the first performance in Australia — the whole enterprise takes on a new depth. Harrowing vision of the preparations for war, of conflict itself, and of days of so-called victory, from days gone by and into the 21st century, left many members of the packed house profoundly moved. The great take-home message was the vision of refugees who have, in utter desperation, taken to the seas — or, sickeningly, shores strewn with unused life-jackets — as the text of the Benedictus was sung. “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.” That one, those dozens, those thousands, those tens of thousands, are the refugees. The Armed Man makes a political, as well as a musical, statement, written as it was in the shadow of the Kosovo War. And in this full form, it does so in spades. Think, friends, of Ukraine. There are two more performances in the Adelaide Town Hall on Saturday, August 6. It can hardly be more strongly recommended. – Peter BurdonThe Advertiser2 August 2022 Source: Burdon, P 2022, ‘Arts review: The Armed Man’, The Advertiser, 2 August 2022, <>.