The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

Saturday 2nd April 2022, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Guildford | Map

In March 2020, we were less than a week away from performing this piece when the first national lockdown was announced. We’re now delighted finally to be able to perform it for you 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”.

This year we are supporting Woking Street Angels, who celebrated their 10 year anniversary in 2021. As usual, we will hear about the work of the Woking Street Angles and there will be a collection to support their work on the night. You can also donate up to £10 by text message (SMS): please send the message WSA and the £ amount (e.g. WSA £5) to 70085. 

Tickets are no longer available to purchase online but will be available on the door at £20 for adults (over 18) and £5 for children (17 and under) and students in full time education. Cash, credit or debit card, contactless, Apple Pay and Google Pay.