The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace


Sir Karl Jenkins The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace concert. Performed 2019 at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin. Sir Karl Jenkins (The Armed Man) and Grant Llewellyn (Lament for Syria) conduct the World Orchestra for Peace and the World Choir for Peace (Chorus Master Nicol Matt). Soloist singers are Leah-Marian Jones, Yumeji Matsufuji, Pauline Rathmann, and Amir Aziz. Features cellist Valentino Worlitzsch. Directed for TV and produced by Hefin Owen; executive production by Gareth Williams; music production by Gwawr Owen; film editing by Gareth Owens and Chris Lawrence. Sung in English, French, Arabic, Welsh, German, Latin, and Japanese. Released 2019, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Jenkins composed The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace in 1999, and it has been performed many times since by professional and amateur groups. It’s similar to Britten’s War Requiem as an “anti-war” composition based in part on the Catholic mass. But Jenkins went further than Britten by including elements from many religions in his mass. Producer/director Hefin Owen made a movie which is used as a prop in live performances of this music, so he was well prepared to organize and direct the recording of this concert with about 2100 musicians deployed.

We usually exclude musical events performed in vast outdoor venues as well as performances by orchestras organized for political or philanthropic reasons. But we make an exception here because of the importance of Jenkin’s creation. Also, subject title may be the most impressive performance of this so far and will be the first video.

Here’s a YT clip of the performance. We are not sure if this is from the video:

Here also is something on the Internet that appears to be the full text to Jenkins’ mass.