Composer Karl Jenkins (left) with TRBC Principal Conductor
Brian Kay

Sunday 12 July 2015

Jenkins: The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00 pm

Details for singers


Central London road closures. There is a charity fun-run through parts of  Westminster and the City of London on the morning of Sunday 12 July which may affect your journey to the Royal Albert Hall. Click here for a list of road closures and times, which affect central routes east of Hyde Park Corner.  Please allow extra time so that the rehearsal can start promptly.

Lunch. The Royal Albert Hall will open the West Arena Foyer Bar to singers between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm to serve a range of sandwiches, paninis and soup.  Prices charged will represent a 20% discount on normal catering prices.

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Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music, since it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is published by Boosey & Hawkes, and if your local music shop cannot help, then you can order from ChoraLine (Music Dynamics) either by telephone on 0845 304 5070 or via the website Be sure to order the complete work, as an incomplete ‘Choral Suite’ also exists.

Rehearsals. Please do not treat these as optional, since important information will be announced, both concerning the music and the day’s logistics. There is a morning rehearsal with piano from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, and a rehearsal with full orchestra from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

NAS competition. As a way to raise more money for the work of the National Autistic Society we have devised a very easy competition: search your score of The Armed Man from cover to cover and count the number of times the exact phrase l’homme armé (with or without its acute accent!) appears. Download the entry form and send your answer, with a minimum donation of £5, to the address on the form (a plain text version of this form can be downloaded here). The winner will be the first correct answer to be drawn immediately after the interval; the prize will be a deluxe edition of the score signed by the composer, the evening’s conductor and soloists, and an autographed CD; the winner (and one guest) will also be invited to the post-concert reception.

Chorus instructions for this concert can be downloaded here (opens in a new window). These instructions will be sent automatically to anyone whose booking application includes a stamped-addressed envelope, and we will also send further copies when we post your tickets. Please copy the instructions into your score, as they will help with your practising. (These A4 pages have been scaled to print as an A5 booklet if your printer has this facility.)

Learning the music. Singers should arrive on the day already having learnt the music, since the two rehearsals on the day are to accustom everyone to the building, the size of the choir and the volume of the orchestra and to add as much polish as possible to the performance. There will be little opportunity to learn notes! Help is at hand: CDs of individual voice-parts (soprano, alto, tenor or bass) are available from ChoraLine (see first paragraph), and the chorus instructions will also help you. Why not join our Facebook group (opens in a new window), find other singers in your area, and set up a joint practice session?

Dress for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall should be elegant. Gentlemen usually wear suits or a dinner jacket, and ladies are asked to abide by the TRBC colour code: something including bright- or mid-blue for sopranos, and something with red for altos. To get an idea, click here to browse the photographs of Messiah from Scratch® in November 2010. By tradition, our July concerts are also a chance to wear our official TRBC polo tops which are available in blue (sopranos), red (altos), white (tenors) and black (basses). Click here to download an order form (which will open in a new window). Polo shirts will be available for sale on the day in the Door 6 Foyer of the Royal Albert Hall, and their sale will contribute to the amount raised for the National Autistic Society.

Dressing rooms. Gentlemen may use Chorus Room A (formerly Dressing Room 10) which is in the West corridor under the Arena, best reached from the West Arena Foyer. Ladies may use Chorus Room B (formerly DR 11) and Dressing Room 12 which are rather difficult to find – please follow signs from the West Arena Foyer or ask the Stewards for directions. Warning: these areas will not be locked at any time!

For other questions you might have, click here to go to our page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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