Wellington choirs are joining together this Friday night, 22nd of March 2019, at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul for a free performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace as a response to the Christchurch mosque shootings last week.
The popular work was chosen for its inclusion of a Muslim call to prayer, which sits alongside texts from the Christian Mass, the Hindu epic Mahabharata and the poetry of Kipling, Tennyson and Toge Sankichi. Titled after the 15 th century tune ‘L’homme armé’ which is heard at the outset, the work was dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict which was raging at the time of composition.
Dean of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, the Very Reverend David Rowe, said: “We are pleased that this performance is included in our responses to the tragic events last weekend and we are prayerful that our Muslim brothers and sisters will know that we stand alongside each other in friendship and compassion.”
Members of the Wellington Cathedral Choir, St Paul’s Chorale, Orpheus Choir of Wellington, The Tudor Consort, Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir and Supertonic will take part, giving a choir of around 150 singers which will be conducted by the Cathedral’s Director of Music Michael Stewart and accompanied on the organ by Richard Apperley.
There is no charge for the performance, but there will be an opportunity to donate to a relief fund supporting those who have suffered from the Christchurch shootings. The concert will be approximately one hour in duration.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins
Combined Wellington Choirs, directed by Michael Stewart
7.30pm Friday 22 March
Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, cnr Hill and Molesworth Streets