The Armed Man Karl Jenkins - November 2011
The Choristers, Barbershop and Choral Society of Royal Russell performed Karl Jenkins’ ‘Armed Man’ in the School Chapel on Friday 11th November. The piece was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, and to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Like Benjamin Britten's War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song L'homme armé in the first and last movements. It was written for SATB chorus with soloists with accompaniment for Piano and percussion. The solos in this performance will be provided by members of the Chamber Choir. Guy Wilson, then master of the museum, selected the texts for the mass.
The Full Choirs also sang at the Remembrance Sunday Service in the School Chapel on Sunday 13th November 2011. Music included 3 movements from ‘The Armed Man’.