Narrated by David Wenham

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.

Be transported back to the 13th Century on an expansive musical journey, exploring Christian, Islamic and Eurasian worlds. A small 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.

Cross from west to east, from concert hall to theatre – on a mysterious, cultural, and spiritual journey.

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

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 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.


Paul Dyer Artistic Director
David Wenham Narrator
Constantine Costi Director
Members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Choir

La Camera delle Lacrime (Paris)
Bruno Bonhoure voice, music director
Khaï-dong Luong stage director, scenography
Mokrane Adlani oriental violin
Martin Bauer fiddle, kâmanche
Michèle Claude percussion
Yan Li erhu
Christophe Tellart flutes, pipes, hurdy-gurdy

John Raymond Lighting Design
Michael Costi English Text


An exotic pasticcio created by Bruno Bonhoure and Khaï-dong Luong featuring Mongolian melodies, Buddhist hymns, Sufi chants and more.

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

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