Detail from The Battle of Stamford Bridge by Peter Nicolai Arbo

Sunday 20 May 2018

THE ARMED MAN: A MASS FOR PEACE

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm

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Join us at the Royal Albert Hall for a concert to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Our choral work is a contemporary classic: The Armed Man by Sir Karl Jenkins has become the most performed choral work of a generation, and contrasts the ‘glory’ of war with the inglorious suffering it brings.

The first half features two English composers who served in the war, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gordon Jacob. Vaughan Williams, who served as a medical orderly in the conflict, began to write The Lark Ascending before the outbreak of war, and finished it on his return home. Jacob was posted to the front in 1915 and was captured by the Germans in 1917. To him we owe the popular orchestral arrangement of Vaughan Williams’ delightful suite English Folk Songs which opens the concert.

On the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War we are delighted to be offering a fund-raising platform to Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.

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