World Orchestra for Peace

November 19, 2023
Linz, Austria
Bruckner Haus

UNESCO Concert for Peace 2023 | World premiere
Sir Karl Jenkins, one of the most performed living composers, enables the unification of the World Choir for Peace, the World Orchestra for Peace and the Stay at Home Choir with his brilliant work One World.

Virtual choirs from more than 40 countries reinforce the live artists.

The work addresses a fragmented world – populist governments, plagues, climate change, disregard for human rights, war – while proclaiming a vision of a peaceful and egalitarian planet.

Formally, Jenkins follows the tradition of setting the mass to music, incorporating elements of various cultures and religions and finding inspiration in texts such as the Bible, the Hindu Gayatri mantra, as well as in works by the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Lebanese-American author Khalil Gibran and the Librettist Carol Barratt thinks so.

One World was commissioned by the World Choir for Peace and the World Orchestra for Peace. The World Choir for Peace was founded in 2018 on the occasion of a memorial concert to commemorate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. At the premiere of One World in Linz, the choirs will be accompanied by the World Orchestra for Peace, founded in 1995, with musicians from around 28 countries to reinforce the unique strength of music as an ambassador of peace.