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100 Days to Peace gala evening

featuring ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’, conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins

Thursday 6 September 2018 at 7.30pm
Central Hall Westminster, London

Join us for an evening of music and reflection to mark the centenary of the last 100 days of First World War hostilities.

At the end of the First World War many thousands of men returned home suffering from shell-shock. With minimal understanding of the condition, many did not benefit from the type of support which is increasingly available today. Although circumstances have changed significantly over the last 100 years, we are ever more aware of the number of veterans who continue to need support because they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety or depression.

As the national museum of arms and armour, the Royal Armouries tells the stories of the men and women who have been involved in and affected by combat throughout history. As music will be at the heart of this classical evening it is fitting that Sir Karl Jenkin’s will conduct his internationally acclaimed ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace’ – originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the turn of the millennium to create a legacy of peace and hope for the future.

The piece will be performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra, with all proceeds from the evening going to three outstanding charities supporting ex-service men and women facing mental health challenges; Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together – the Royal Foundation’s Campaign and Mental Health Initiative.

This will be the only performance of ‘The Armed Man’ in England in 2018 to be conducted by Sir Karl himself.

A better future

Chairman of the Royal Armouries, General the Lord Dannatt GBC CBE MC DL, comments: ‘Tragically, the First World War did not turn out to be ‘the war to end war’ but then, as now, by marking the centenary of the end of the last 100 days of hostilities with this commemorative concert, we can hope and pray for a better future. Part of that better future is helping those who have been affected by war and conflict.’

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Outline Programme

The evening will open with one of Sir Karl’s pieces of music from his recent number one album in the classical chart performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The evening will open with one of Sir Karl’s pieces of music from his recent number one album in the classical chart performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Guests will be formally welcomed by General the Lord Dannatt, GCB CBE MC DL.

The first half of the concert will feature further pieces of Sir Karl’s famous collection, emotive readings, a special guest narrator, a nationwide art installation entitled ‘There But Not There’ plus a performance on the organ of Samuel Bordoli’s ‘The Great Silence’,  by former Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley with the Royal Choral Society.

Following the interval Sir Karl will conduct the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of one of his best-loved works, ‘The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace.’

Royal Armouries reserves the right to change the programme without prior notification.

 

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