David Wenham joins the Brandenburg for a sonic journey of the Silk Road
He may not be a household name, but William of Rubruck sure did leave something beautiful behind. During his life, he embarked on an epic quest to convert the Great Khan to Christianity in the Mongol capital of Karakorum. During this time he kept a thrilling manuscript and itinerarium detailing his adventures, which have been given a special new life thanks to the Brandenburg Choir and La Camera delle Lacrime. Coming to QPAC’s Concert Hall for one night only on Tueday August 7, Karakorum: A Medieval Musical Journey is a truly stunning sonic ride that will make you feel like you’re trekking the Silk Road circa the 13th century … with David Wenham as your personal tour guide.
Karakorum: A Medieval Musical Journey brings together a whole host of talented individuals to create a truly once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. The medieval world rock ensemble La Camera delle Lacrime has joined forces with our own incomparable Brandenburg Orchestra and Choir to provide a soundtrack to Rubruck’s tales and travels, taking listeners on a journey exploring Christian, Islamic and Eurasian worlds. Forgotten hymns, melodies and chants will be resurrected and performed on rare instruments from around the world, evoking the true ethos of the source material – a mysterious, spiritual and cultural journey.
When a journey is as prolific as this, it makes sense to get a narrator to match. Artistic Director Paul Dyer wanted to introduce an English narration to the performance to guide the audience through Rubruck’s journey, and his first choice was the legendary Australian actor David Wenham (whom you might recognise from a little old franchise called Lord of the Rings, amongst other things). David coming on board pushed the production to an all-new level, lending his gripping tones and arresting demeanour to the overall sensory feast that is Karakorum.
Ready to take your ears (and mind) on a journey through the past? You can snap up tickets to Karakorum: A Medieval Musical Journey through QPAC.