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The centenary of the end of the First World War is approaching, and the Royal Armouries have put together a special event connected to this significant anniversary.
Called 100 Days to Peace, they will present an evening of music and reflection on 6 September 2018 to mark the centenary of the last 100 days of hostilities. Held at Westminster’s Central Hall in London and benefiting three mental health charities, the programme features some extraordinary performers.
Among the highlights – and the evening’s finale – is the chance to see and hear Sir Karl Jenkins (shown above) when he conducts The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. One of the world’s greatest living composers, the Welsh-born musician was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to write this piece in 1999 as part of the millennium celebrations.
“Although The Armed Man focuses on the horrors of the most war-torn and destructive century in human history,” says Jenkins, “more importantly, it looks forward with hope to a more peaceful future – and that is what we would like people to take away from this commemorative event.”
Since its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2000, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is now performed, on average, twice a week all around the world. During 100 Days to Peace, Jenkins will perform it with the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He’ll also be joined on stage by British mezzo-soprano, Kathryn Rudge (shown below left), who will do a solo against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s film of The Armed Man.
Rudge is one of the UK’s most in-demand classical singers. In 2012, she was featured as The Times’ Rising Star of Classical Music. Rudge is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and was recently appointed to the ambassadorial role of Honorary Associate Artist at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied between 2002 – 2011.
100 Days to Peace will be hosted by Lesley Garrett (shown above right). As one of the UK’s best known sopranos, the Yorkshire-born star has performed for both the Welsh National Opera and the English National Opera. Garrett regularly makes opera, musical theatre and TV appearances.
During the evening music lovers will be treated to other incredible performances as well, including Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence which will feature the charity Remembered’s stirring 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There.
Proceeds from 100 Days to Peace will go to a trio of charities – Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and The Royal Foundation’s Heads Together – all of whose work supports military veterans suffering from mental health conditions.
Tickets for Royal Armouries’ 100 Days to Peace on 6 September 2018 are available now at Ticketmaster.co.uk.