Big Sing McLaren Vale 2022

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins

2022’s Big Sing was conducted by Carl Crossin OAM and presented with The Armed Man Film in both Adelaide and McLaren Vale. Featuring the Big Sing Chorus of nearly singers, with a full orchestra and The Armed Man Film it was a spectacular event seen by a sold-out audience of 500.

We’re now proud to release the video of the full 90 minute performance at Tatachilla Lutheran College on July 31, 2022. 

If you were in the audience, you will know what a profoundly moving and uplifting experience it was. If you were in the chorus, you can now see it from the audience’s perspective, including parts of the film. If you missed it, here’s your chance to see this massive undertaking for the first time.

Big Sing Chorus

Since 2017, Big Sing McLaren Vale has provided a platform for choristers to join a massed choir to sing the best loved classical choral works with a symphony orchestra and professional soloists. Registrations for the 2023 Chorus will open in late 2022. If you’d like to join the Chorus for the first time, join our mailing list for information as soon as it comes to hand.

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 madnessContinue readingReview: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins