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.

Sunday 31 July at 3 pm at Tatachilla Lutheran College Stadium, McLaren Vale

Featuring the Big Sing Chorus of 300 singers, with the full orchestra and The Armed Man Film.

Saturday 6 August 3pm and 7:30pm Adelaide Town Hall

Featuring the core choir of 150 singers, the full orchestra and The Armed Man Film.

Big Sing Chorus

Registrations are now officially closed for participation in the Chorus—we have reached capacity of a 300-strong choir —our largest chorus ever! However, a few places have opened up as people have indicated they are now unavailable. If you have an official score, you can still book a place (use the CHOIR REGISTRATION tab on this page).

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!


Arts review: The Armed Man

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 readingArts review: The Armed Man