To commemorate the November 1918 Armistice remembering the war to end all wars, and all other conflicts, Crieff Choral Group present two stirring choral pieces: ‘The Armed Man Suite’ by Karl Jenkins and ‘Requiem’ by John Rutter.
The Armed Man, written by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, and subtitled ‘A Mass for Peace’, was commissioned for the millennium by Britain’s Royal Armouries and dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis. This work is a contemporary example of a mass based on the fifteenth century French folk song L’Homme Arme. It is a powerful and compelling account of the descent into, and terrible consequences of war and like Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ is an anti-war piece. Originally written as a Mass for Peace, Crieff Choral Group will be singing the Choral Suite which contains the most important movements from the Mass.
Inspired by the manuscript of Faure’s Requiem, John Rutter’s seven movement Requiem is traditional in its inspiration. Five of its seven movements are based on text from the Latin Requiem Mass, while the second movement is a setting of “Out of the deep” (Psalm 130) and the sixth movement is an anthem The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23). Completed in 1985, the music is serene and consoling with instantly memorable melodies composed with a pastoral radiance. This modern classic, enjoyed by performer and audience alike for its simplicity, brevity and rich choral writing has earned its status as one of the most popular choral compositions of the last thirty years.
Crieff Choral Group are delighted to welcome back the magnificent soprano Colleen Nicoll who has sung with leading opera companies, sublime organist Jamie Turnbull and the experienced baton of music director Peter Rutterford. Crieff Choral Group offers this concert as a tribute to the Armistice.
Tickets at £12 each are available from the Red Squirrel Café in Crieff, Hansen’s Kitchen in Comrie, from choir members or on the door on the night.
Scottish Charity No. SC013427