The Northern Rivers Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia is proud to present Compassion – a symphony of songs that unites the soulful power of Lior’s voice with the radiance and vivid drama of Nigel Westlake’s orchestral style.
Compassion was written by singer songwriter composer Lior and composer Nigel Westlake and premiered with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in late 2013.
Compassion is based on seven ancient Hebrew and Arabic texts, written in response to the vicious and implacable cycle of violence in the Middle East. Lior’s gloriously soulful voice and Westlake’s radiant music achieve the seemingly impossible: the uniting of Islam and Judaism in a joyful celebration of compassion and its ability to bring people together across the divides of race and fear.
The chamber version of Compassion was commissioned by Tinalley String Quartet for premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. This Octet version is taking this amazing and inspiring work to venues across Australia in 2020.