One World: performers unite in the name of peace under the baton of Sir Karl Jenkins

Celebrated composer Sir Karl Jenkins will conduct the world premiere of his latest opus, One World, at Brucknerhaus in Linz on 19 November.

This remarkable concert will unite hundreds of performers from over 40 countries as they gather in the name of peace for a live and virtual audience across the globe. The work sees a total of 450 musicians from the World Orchestra for Peace, World Choir for Peace, Linz Hard-Chor, the Choir of the Musische BORG Linz and singers from state youth choirs of Austria joining 450 singers from the Stay at Home Choir. This choir, with synchronised AV projection, will be virtually joining from 30 different countries, and it will be the first time such a feat has been undertaken for a world premiere under the baton of the composer.

In keeping with the work’s themes, the concert has been designated UNESCO Concert for Peace 2023 and will be accessible to a worldwide audience through livestream. The performance also features world renowned soloists, including soprano Ruby Hughes, together with mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge and baritone Roderick Williams, who both featured on the One World recording.

Jenkins, speaking about the significance of One World, shares, “The title of one movement from One World encapsulates what the project is all about: Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for ‘repair the world’. The work for choir and orchestra heralds a vision of a peaceful and egalitarian planet that treats nature and ecological issues with respect and where human rights are universal. Where truth is truth and news is never ‘fake,’ where leaders do not lie, transparency is a given and all faiths live together in peace.” 

In keeping with the spirit that inspired One World, Jenkins and all the performers are giving their services for this concert without fee.

The concert takes place on 19 November and will be available to watch worldwide via livestream and the Classic FM website.