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Len Young takes you through an exploration of a classical work, culminating in a performance for family and friends at the end of the programme.
The work for the Sing Together Choir in the Autumn term will be the Armed Man, to be rehearsed and conducted by Len Young.
The Armed Man is a Mass by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, subtitled “A Mass for Peace”. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum’s move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.
Like Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the 15th-century folk song “L’homme armé” in the first and last movements.
It was written for SATB chorus with soloists and a symphonic orchestra. Guy Wilson, then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass. Many of the movements are well known and it has some very singable, memorable melodies!
This performance, which will be accompanied by piano duet, percussion and trumpet, will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 17 November at St John the Baptist Church (Grainger Street, Newcastle, NE1 5JG). Previously advertised as Brunswick Methodist Church.
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