“War and Peace” – Nov 2017

Sunday Nov 12, 7:00 pm

Royal Northern College of Music

“The Armed Man” (Karl Jenkins)

“Requiem for the Living” (Dan Forrest)

Karl Jenkins’ Mass for Peace “The Armed Man” is now firmly established as a favourite with both choirs and audiences alike, and it is in fact the most frequently performed 21st century choral work. It was commissioned by The Royal Armouries  for the Millennium celebrations, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.

By contrast Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013) is a new work which has been performed more than a hundred times since its composition in 2013, at venues in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple times at Carnegie Hall.  It is not well known in Britain and ours will be the first regional performance.  It is a 40 minute 5 movement work, for choir, two soloists and a large orchestra in a modern but very tuneful and approachable style.

A review written for the Greenville News called the work “highly accessible, with soaring melodies and luminous harmony”.

As usual, the performance will be conducted by Nigel Wilkinson, accompanied by the East Lancs Sinfonia.