We are pleased and proud to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One with a performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins, which is subtitled ‘A mass for peace’. The work was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations and was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with words from other relgious and historial sources, including the fifteenth century folk song ‘L’homme armé, the Bible, the Mahabharata and the writings of Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Sankichi Toge, who survived the Hiroshima bombing but died some years later of leukaemia.
The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; it shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, when ‘sorrow, pain and death can be overcome’. It is a wonderfully moving and utterly compelling piece, and is certainly Jenkins’s most popular work.
The evening will also feature readings from the works of some of the First World War poets.
Date(s) - 10/11/2018
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm