The Armed Man presented by City Choir Dunedin


City Choir Dunedin, the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra and soloists will be conducted by David Burchell, talented musical director of City Choir.

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace

Saturday 1 April 2017 7:30 pm, Dunedin Town Hall



In 'The Armed Man' Karl Jenkins has fashioned a work that uses the ancient mass structure to communicate a powerful message for world peace. To this end, the composition uses texts from classic poets, Biblical verses and the traditional mass, as well as from Muslim, Hindu, and Japanese sources. The music is powerful in its melodic simplicity and is cosmopolitan in its inspiration.

The work conjures images of war and the threat of The Armed Man, but ends with a simple chorale based upon an excerpt from the Book of Revelations, promising that “… God shall wipe away all tears… and there shall be no more death.” This must be the heart-felt prayer of us all: Dona Nobis Pacem (Give Us Peace).

The performance will be enhanced by the simultaneous showing of The Armed Man Film which was created to complement the music through historic and contemporary images of many aspects of war and its impact on the world. The choir and vocal soloists will be accompanied by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will begin with an a capella performance of Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus. This work, subsequently acclaimed a contemporary classic, was written for mixed choir in 1987 to celebrate Pope John Paul II's third pilgrimage to Poland. The music repeats a simple chant form to slowly build a musical affirmation of faith.

Tickets: Tickets are available from the Regent Theatre box office or from the Forsyth Barr Stadium Gate J, or phone 0800 111 999 or buy tickets online.