Chester Music Society Choir
Paul Smy tenor
Helen Anne Gregory mezzo soprano
Liverpool Sinfonia conducted by Graham Jordan Ellis
The Armed Man, “A Mass for Peace”, was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, and was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Jenkins incorporates the Catholic Mass, the fifteenth century folk song “L’homme armé”, the Islamic call to prayer and extracts from the Sanskrit Mahabharata, as well as writings by Kipling, Tennyson and Toge, a Hiroshima survivor. The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection. It 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”.
Intimations of Immortality is one of the best-known works by English composer Gerald Finzi. It is a setting of William Wordsworth’s “Ode: Intimations of Immortality”, and is cast as a single continuous movement.
Tickets £15 and £20 (Full time students, under 18s & carer with registered disabled person free)