Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Armed Man

Next Saturday is Anzac Day and my choir will be busy.

In the morning we will sing at the dawn service in the city. The Army Band will play. Military precision. Old and new diggers. Wreaths. Tears. Begin in the dark and emerge into day.

In the evening we will present a concert. We will perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins.
This is a mass for peace and is not all sweetness and light. It presents the horrors of war through song and music. Let's turn from war to peace.

We will have our choir of 50 singers and a small orchestra. The theatre seats one thousand. We have our own slides of family members who have served in wars, and all nationalities not just one-sided. The slides are shown on a screen behind and above the choir as we sing.
The words are not all in English. Some of the pieces are adaptations of ancient works from India and France. The Imam will be presenting his call to prayer as part of the concert. A couple of songs are a capella. Some pieces are in Latin and there is a strong thread of European church music.
So imagine such a performance in a city where workers drive trucks and utes. Many more men than women. High vis clothing prevails. Football and fishing are favourite past-times. Even my local supermarket has a security guard.

Here is a YouTube sample of what we will sing. This clip is not of us. We are filming our concert on Friday night. I hope you enjoy the music and even look on YouTube for other pieces by Jenkins.



1 comment:

  1. Hi Louise, I have been trying to catch up with friends here in blog land on this rainy stormy day. I go to the nursing home about every day to see hubby excepting when it is storming. Your music is impressive and I enjoyed catching up with you. I still think of everything that I am learning about down under across the ocean. It is my way of traveling. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend Shirley@shirleystitches

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