The Armed Man

Rehearsals begin this Friday 31st January for Frome Voices production of Karl Jenkins’ powerful and acclaimed “The Armed Man“.

In 2013, the group performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, a beautiful work as challenging as it is moving. For this year’s production they have teamed up with Frome Symphony and professional soloists to present a community performance of ‘The Armed Man’ by living Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. The performance will be on March 29th at the Cheese & Grain, conducted by Alan Burgess with soloists provided by Jackdaws.

The Armed ManThe Armed Man was composed in 2000 and seems a fitting work for the year in which we commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. The composer subtitled the work, “A Mass for Peace”.

The music and words draw on poems and musical traditions from around the world, set around the Latin mass with the powerful central message of “better is peace than evermore war“.

“Better is peace than evermore war”

Starting as a UK Millennium commission, The Armed Man has had nearly one thousand performances since 2000, which equates to two per week somewhere in the world and makes it, along with Jenkins’ Requiem the most performed piece of Classical music by a living composer in the world today. This will be the first performance of the work in Frome.

The final performance will be on Saturday 29 March at the Cheese & Grain with Frome Symphony Orchestra.

Book your tickets on the Cheese & Grain website.