Wellington Choral Society
Wellington Methodist Church
Waterloo Road, Wellington, TA21 8JQ
Saturday 28 March 2020, 7.30pm
St John's Church, Wellington
Jenkins - The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
HEADER PHOTO OF THE CHOIR: ROBIN MADDOCK
PATRON: ELIZABETH WATTS
On Saturday 28 March 2020, Wellington Choral Society will be singing ‘The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace’. We are delighted to be performing this mass for the first time. It 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. It was premiered at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2000. 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. 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 is most well known. Jenkins’s writing for soulful cello is sublime and the heavenly choral accompaniment truly transports you to another place.
Jenkins uses all sorts of inspirations for the text of The Armed Man, including the Muslim call to prayer, the sixteenth-century 'L’Homme armé' Mass tradition, and ancient religious texts. It is an inspirational work and we hope our followers will come and hear us sing this wonderful music. We will also be singing Vaughn Williams ' Five Mystical Songs' and Elgar's 'Great is the Lord'