UWE presents 'The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace'

Issue date: 24 March 2006

UWE singers and symphony orchestra The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace , performed by the UWE Singers and Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 1 April 2006, 19.30, Bristol Cathedral

The University of the West of England Singers and Symphony Orchestra will be joined by choristers from Cotham School for what is believed to be the first full concert performance in Bristol of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The performance will be conducted by Ian Holmes and takes place at Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 1 April at 19.30.

Martin Freke, Director of Music and Performing Arts, said, “This hugely popular work, written at the height of the Kosovo conflict and released in the week of 9/11, is a plea for peace for in a world still torn apart by conflict.

“The title is derived from a fifteenth-century French folk song, L' homme armé. The jauntiness of this folk song is developed throughout the work paying tribute to the great masters of the past. Karl Jenkins is well-known for his ability to cross the boundaries between classical and popular music. This work breaks out of the classical mould to some extent and features the sounds of a marching army, rainfall, and the inclusion of the Muslim call to prayer. Whilst it includes the normal movements of the Roman Catholic mass, Jenkins interpolates sections of poetry set to music which focus the listener on the horrors of modern warfare.”

The programme includes another recently composed work – the cantata Salve, sidus Polonorum written by the Polish composer Gorecki in 2000. This will be performed by the University Chamber Choir accompanied by two pianos, organ and a huge array of percussion instruments and conducted by Martin Freke.

This concert is well on the way to a sell-out, so buy your tickets as soon as possible from MusicBox (tel: 01275 349010). Tickets are £10, £8, £6 and £5 with concessions available, including Quid-a-Kid for under-16s accompanied by a paying adult.

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