Saturday 2nd April 2022, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford
In March 2020, we were less than a week away from performing this piece when the first national lockdown was announced. We were delighted finally to be able to perform it in the glorious setting of Holy Trinity Church on Guildford High Street.
This modern masterpiece by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins has become a firm favourite with audiences and performers alike. Karl Jenkins is perhaps best known for “Adiemus” (originally written for a Delta Airlines TV advert). Adiemus led to a series of pieces in the same style which topped the album charts as “Songs of Sanctuary”.
The Armed Man is a mass, first performed at The Royal Albert Hall in 2000 and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis. The piece begins with the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors that war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium, when “sorrow, pain and death can be overcome”.