Sydney Festival - Night of the Soul


21-22 Jan 2022

The Cutaway at Barangaroo

$55 + booking fee

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Lie amongst the raw sandstone and towering columns of The Cutaway and let the lush acoustics of this vast, cathedral-esque space surround you. This is an altogether different way to experience the sonics of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Chamber Singers.

With no chairs in sight, you’ll relax into the comfort of your cushion, yoga mat or blanket and settle into the sweet spot between meditation and active listening. Musically, the journey travels from darkness to light, book-ended by some of the oldest music in Western culture, the medieval Gregorian chant. As day fades to dusk and the soundwaves wash over you, you’ll enter that magical world of twilight and leave with a sense of collective connection to the power of music and the human voice.

This magical program includes Norwegian Ola Gjeilo’s Dark Night of the Soul and Luminous Night of the Soul alternating between moments of peaceful stillness and rhythmic brightness, American Eric Whitacre’s translucent Nox Arumque and Lux Arumque, Arvo Pärt’s mesmerising Spiegel im Spiegel, all centred around Samuel Barber’s immortal Agnus Dei.


Barangaroo Reserve

Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour foreshore park – marking the transformation of one of the city’s oldest industrial sites into a spectacular, six-hectare headland open space for Sydneysiders and visitors to embrace and enjoy.