Karakorum: A Medieval Musical Journey

Narrated by David Wenham



The ‘medieval world folk’ ensemble, La Camera delle Lacrime, joins the Brandenburg in a performance that follows one man’s quest to convert the Great Khan to Christianity in the Mongol capital, Karakorum. The man was William of Rubruck, and this theatrical musical voyage is based on his manuscript and itinerarium.

Be transported back to the 13th Century on an expansive musical journey, exploring Christian, Islamic and Eurasian worlds. Members of the Brandenburg Choir joins La Camera delle Lacrime, who perform on an eclectic range of rare instruments, for a moving performance of forgotten hymns, melodies and chants.

This haunting show will evoke each of the remote locations on William of Rubruck’s vast trip. Cross from west to east, from concert hall to theatre – on a mysterious, cultural, and spiritual journey.

English narration by David Wenham

‘I wanted to introduce an English narration to guide us through Rubruck’s great journey, and I imagined the voice of David Wenham, I’m happy to announce that David Wenham has come on board for this project, which is a dream come true. I’m excited about the chance to collaborate with one of Australia’s great acting talents on such a unique and theatrical project.’ Paul Dyer, Artistic Director

Presented by Australian Brandenburg Orchestra


David Wenham narrator
David is one of Australia’s most respected actors, acclaimed for his diverse performances in film, theatre, and television. David’s film credits include Lion, Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers and Return of the King, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Moulin Rouge, and many more.

Paul Dyer AO Artistic Director and Keyboard
David Wenham Narrator
Constantine Costi Director
Members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra & Choir
La Camera delle Lacrime (Paris)
Bruno Bonhoure voice, music director
Khaï-dong Luong stage director, scenography
Mokrane Adlani oriental violin
Martin Bauer fiddle, kâmanche
Michèle Claude percussion
Yan Li erhu
Christophe Tellart flutes, pipes, hurdy-gurdy
John Raymond Lighting Designer
Michael Costi English Text


An exotic pasticcio created by Bruno Bonhoure and Khaï-dong Luong featuring Mongolian melodies, Buddhist hymns, Sufi chants and more.