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Karl Jenkins’ powerful choral work, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, describes the horrors of war and offers the hope of peace as an end to armed conflict. It was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to commemorate the millennium, and it was dedicated by the composer to victims of the Kosovo crisis.
Guy Wilson, Master of the Armouries at the time, was involved in the selection of texts to be set to music by Jenkins and translated and wrote parts of the libretto himself. At this open rehearsal of York Musical Society, he will describe how the work came to be written and the wide-ranging literary and cultural sources that were used.
Conductor of York Musical Society, David Pipe, will lead a rehearsal and visitors can choose to listen or join in alongside members of York Musical Society. The choir will continue learning the piece in the autumn for performance in York Minster on 14 November.
All welcome, whether you are a singer keen to get a taste of Jenkins’ The Armed Man, or have sung in the past, or are just curious to see a choir rehearsal.
Guy Wilson worked for 30 years at the Royal Armouries and led the team that established the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. He is a trustee of the Leeds-based organisation, Together for Peace, and founded the annual Leeds Peace Poetry Competition.
Conductor of York Musical Society, David Pipe is Assistant Director of Music at York Minster and appears regularly as organ soloist, accompanist, conductor and teacher.