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Compassion by Lior and Nigel Westlake


This new version of Compassion - for string quartet, piano, percussion and double bass - turned out to be wonderfully successful. It created a compact new propulsive energy and a more intimate relationship between instruments and voice.” - The Australian

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.

A chamber version of Compassion has been commissioned for premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Festival by Tinalley String Quartet. This Octet version features some of Australia’s best musicians offers the opportunity to take this amazing and inspiring work to venues around Australia in 2019.

Compassion will be performed as the second half of the concert. The first half of the concert will feature works connected to the theme of Compassion performed by Lior, Tinalley String Quartet and the other musicians.


Lior, Voice

Tinalley String Quartet

Daniel de Borah, Piano*

Claire Edwardes, Percussion*

Andrew Meisel, Bass*

*Confirmed for Adelaide Festival Season. TBC for tours.

Chamber version of Compassion commissioned for premiere at the 2018 Adelaide Festival by Tinalley String Quartet with generous funding provided by Julian Burnside, Andrew and Theresa Dyer, Anonymous and the UKARIA Foundation.

Technical Specifications

Tech specs and stage plans are below for large venues but may be modified for smaller venues. Touring party includes Sound Engineer. Sound needs to be finely balanced.

Musicians to bring own instruments aside from a tuned, grand piano which venue is to provide. 

Compassion Octet - Stage Plot (277.0 KB)

Compassion Octet - Line List (19.8 KB)


This visiting ensemble provides excellent opportunities for local and student musicians to develop skills through masterclasses and workshops. In addition to instrument-specific masterclasses (e.g. violin, percussion), and chamber music masterclasses for local chamber groups, Lior can present songwriting workshops for local contemporary musicians.


Available March 2019

Book Artist

Travel to centres in regional NSW is subsidised through the support of Arts NSW. Musica Viva can book the artists, arrange all travel and accommodation, provide posters, flyers and program information.
If you are interested in bringing an ensemble to your town or city, please contact:

Melissa Cannon
CountryWide Manager