Wellington Choral Society
Wellington Methodist Church
Waterloo Road, Wellington, TA21 8JQ
Saturday 27 March 2021, 7.30pm
St John's Church, Wellington
Jenkins: The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace
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HEADER PHOTO OF THE CHOIR: ROBIN MADDOCK
PATRON: ELIZABETH WATTS
Sadly, given the Government Guidance for nonprofessional choirs, we are not able to put on our concert of Viennese music on Saturday 28 November 2020 as planned. This concert is now postponed to Saturday 27 November 2021. We are hoping to be able to start singing together in person in a Covid19 secure way later in the autumn, national and local guidance permitting. This is by no means certain given the changing national and local position for Coronavirus. In the meantime we are continuing to plan for our next concert on Saturday 27 March 2021 at 7.30pm at St John the Baptist Church, Wellington.
The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace Karl Jenkins
This mass was composed by the Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins and was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song "L'homme armé" in the first and last movements and the Muslim call to prayer, and ancient religious texts. It was written for chorus with soloists and a symphonic orchestra. It is a very moving work. It was premiered at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Many sections of the work are worthy of close examination – not least the Agnus Dei and the Sanctus – but it’s the haunting Benedictus that captivates listeners to the greatest extent, and is most well known. Jenkins’s writing for soulful cello is sublime and the heavenly choral accompaniment truly transports you to another place.
In his seven-section Requiem, the French composer Gabriel Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed.. The choral-orchestral setting of the shortened Catholic Mass for the Dead in Latin is the best-known of his large works. Its focus is on eternal rest and consolation. Fauré's reasons for composing the work are unclear, but do not appear to have had anything to do with the death of his parents in the mid-1880s. He composed the work in the late 1880s and revised it in the 1890s, finishing it in 1900. Fauré wrote of the work, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." The piece premiered in its first version in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris for a funeral mass.