Members of The Really Big Chorus were lucky enough to perform
The Armed Man in New York’s Lincoln Center, conducted by
the composer.

Sunday 3 April 2022

The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace

Royal Albert Hall, 7.00pm


Book tickets
To book tickets for singers or audience, visit our bookings page or download a booking form.
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About the performers
(clicking on the links will take you to a biography)
The mezzo-soprano soloist for The Armed Man is Emily Gray; Manvinder Rattan will sing the Muslim call to prayer. The English Festival Orchestra will be conducted by Brian Kay.

About the charity
The Armed Man will support Combat Stress (the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health), through programme sales, bucket collections, advertising and sales of merchandise.

About the music
The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace was commissioned for the Millennium. It is a moving testimony to the horrors of war, ending on an optimistic note that – one day – we will all come to our senses. Sections from the traditional Latin Mass are interspersed with more modern texts, drawn from different religious traditions, and the work includes the evocative singing of the Adhan (the Muslim call to prayer). Also on the programme are complementary orchestral pieces by Elgar (his rousing Pomp & Circumstance March no. 4), Butterworth (the orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad) and Sibelius (his patriotic tone-poem Finlandia, written as a protest against the increasing censorship imposed by Imperial Russia).

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More Armed Man links:  Summary  —  How to book  —  Details for singers