The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

This Saturday Lincoln Choral Society is putting on a concert in the beautiful setting of Lincoln Cathedral to commemorate the Centenary of The First World War. The choir will be accompanied by  The Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra, of which I am a member, conducted by Neville Turner.

The main work in the programme is The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. Premiered in 2000 the work is extremely popular (currently number 12 in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame) and is made up of words from the sixteenth-century ‘L’Homme armé‘ Mass tradition, the Muslim call to prayer and other ancient religious texts. One highlight is the soulful cello solo in the Benedictus which inspires a feeling of calm after the dramatic sounds in Charge! and Torches.

The concert also includes Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Elgar’s For the Fallen from The Spirit of England and George Butterworth’s The Banks of Green Willow. The latter is particularly appropriate for the theme, as Butterworth, one of the most promising composers of his time, was sadly killed in August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.


Tickets for the concert will be available on the door. For more information visit Lincoln Cathedral’s website.