Peace by piece at O2 Guildhall Southampton


Southampton Philharmonic Choir are pleased to present an inspirational programme of music that sums up a promise of hope from two composers and their view on how they would like the world to be today. The concert takes place at O2 Guildhall Southampton on Saturday 30 November 2019 at 7.30pm.

Karl Jenkins The Peacemakers is a large-scale classical work for soprano soloist, chorus, children’s choir and orchestra. The music is classical and very approachable, with world music and jazz influences. The combination of two choirs, wonderful percussion writing and instrumental detail, makes The Peacemakers an international statement of epic proportions. The huge variety of styles, textures and musical material that Jenkins has managed to weave together into a coherent and emotional tour de force produces a profound impact. The work is rapidly becoming as popular and well-known as The Armed Man. The programme also includes Jenkins’ composition for string orchestra, Palladio, written in 1995 and Will Todd’s No more sorrow, written for chorus, strings, piano and harp in 2014.

Jenkins’ inspiration was the 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio reflecting the mathematical harmony and order of Palladio’s architecture in musical form.

Todd’s gentle and lyrical No more sorrow is a setting of words from the biblical Book of Revelation: Todd writes, ‘When I wrote this piece it felt as if it came in response to the recovery of my daughter from long term illness. The inspirational text suggests a promise of hope beyond dark times.’

Tickets: £13.05, £19.65, £25.15 with concessions are available from O2Guildhall Southampton box office. For full details please visit