Truro Choral Society presents JENKINS The Armed Man
In a concert to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, Truro Choral Society is performing Karl Jenkins’ powerful and haunting work The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The choir will be joined by singers from Cornwall Youth Chamber Choir, Richard Lander School and Truro School, and accompanied by Truro Symphony Orchestra, with Martin Palmer as conductor.
Written in 1999 as an anti-war work and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, The Armed Man takes the audience from the anxious anticipation of fighting and the horror of the battlefield to the possibility of peace and hope, with captivating choral and orchestral accompaniment. Based on the traditional Catholic mass, the piece also draws on a diverse selection of sacred and secular texts: a 15th-century French folk song, poetry by Kipling, Tennyson and from the aftermath of Hiroshima, the Islamic call to prayer, the Book of Revelation and the Sanskrit epic poem the Mahabharata are all included. The superb soloists will be Mubeen Azam, and Truro Cathedral choristers Katherine Gregory and Lowenna Wearne, who will be interchanging as soprano and alto, together with Toshi Ogita as tenor and Charlie Murray as bass.
The choir’s last performance of this work was described as a “marvellous tapestry of music in which TCS performed with utmost sensitivity and great control”, and as before, Truro School will be producing colourful banners to be featured in the performance.
To complement and preface The Armed Man, the choir will also perform the Introit and Kyrie from Duruflé’s ethereal Requiem. A master of harmony, Duruflé wrote the work in 1947, leading it to be perceived by many as a response to the Second World War. These two movements, as with the whole work, are influenced and shaped by the plainsong style of the Gregorian chant, the colours and expression of which Duruflé found “infinitely seductive”. The spellbinding result is a mass that has a very different approach from the operatic and dramatic style loved by composers such as Verdi, and movingly speaks more of salvation than eternal damnation.
Completing the evening’s programme is Weber’s Clarinet Concerto of 1811, with the accomplished Edward Holmes as soloist. Described as “explosively virtuosic” by the BBC, it is one of the most popular works for the clarinet and has passages of exquisite dialogue between the instrument and the rest of the orchestra.
A wonderful night of music and contemplation not to be missed.
Full Price: £18
Under 19s FREE (booking required, please call the Box Office on 01872 262466)