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Sir Karl Jenkins to conduct The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in Support of Mental Health Charities

Sir Karl Jenkins to conduct The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in Support of Mental Health Charities

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Fans of Sir Karl Jenkins, one of the world’s most-performed living composers, will have just one opportunity this year in England to see their idol conduct one of his best-loved works, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.

The acclaimed composer will take the stage with the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra on 6 September 2018, in the finale of 100 Days to Peace, a gala evening of music and reflection presented by the Royal Armouries to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War hostilities.

It has also just been announced that the composer will be joined on stage by British mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Rudge, who will perform a solo against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s film of The Armed Man.

Sir Karl Jenkins says “I am thrilled to be conducting this, my only personal appearance conducting The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in England this year as part of the Royal Armouries commemoration of the end of the First World War.

“Although The Armed Man focuses on the horrors of the most war-torn and destructive century in human history, more importantly, it looks forward with hope to a more peaceful future - and that is what we would like people to take away from this commemorative event.”

On the evening, music lovers will be treated to other notable performances which will form an incredible programme of music and remembrance, including Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There

Sir Karl Jenkins composed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in 1999 when he was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to write a piece of music that marked the start of the new millennium and reflected the hope for the future.

Since its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2000, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is now performed, on average, twice a week around the world and has been performed over 2,000 times in 20 different countries. Sir Karl’s work explores themes of war, peace and racial and religious tolerance, and incorporates, in words and music, cultural influences from all over the world.

The acclaimed composer’s tour at the end of 2017 was a sell-out and his recorded output has resulted in seventeen gold and platinum disc awards.

Kathryn Rudge is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and is a Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) artist alumni. After making her professional debut in 2011, she was featured as The Times ‘Rising Star of Classical Music’ 2012 and was nominated in the Young Artist category of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2016. She has recently been appointed to the ambassadorial role of Honorary Associate Artist at the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied between 2002-2011.

Proceeds from 100 Days to Peace will go to three charities - Help for Heroes; Combat Stress; and Heads Together -The Royal Foundation’s Campaign and Mental Health Initiative - whose work supports military veterans suffering from mental health conditions.

100 Days to Peacewill be held on the evening of Thursday 6 September 2018 at Central Hall, Westminster, London. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/100-days-to-peace.


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Kathryn Rudge: credit Sussie Ahlberg


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