The Armed Man Concert

6:00pm, Sat, 21 Jan 2023

  • Event Details
  • Type of event: Concert
    Start time: 6:00pm
    Venue: St Paul's Church
    Reading Rd
    RG41 1EX
    Description: The Armed Man Concert
    Come and hear a performance of selected movements from Karl Jenkins' "The Armed Man - a Mass for Peace", including the familiar and much loved setting of the traditional mass components.

    It was written in 1999 as a message of hope - that the world of the future would have more peace and fewer wars - based on one particular anonymous French song called L'homme armé (the armed man), one who must be feared. In fifteenth century Europe, when the song L'homme armé first became popular, war was an omnipresent threat. The song obviously resonated with a people preoccupied with war: the armed man was indeed to be feared. A theme that still resonates strongly in present times.

    Jenkins intended it to be in memory of those who had died in the recent Kosovo conflict. It was a work that immediately appealed to audiences and entered the music lover's consciousness; one of the best examples of that happening in recent times. The Benedictus and the Sanctus are particularly well-loved and often played and performed.

    Why not come along for the afternoooon to learn the music and join us singing it at the concert. Click here for the Armed Man Workshop