Karl Jenkins' THE ARMED MAN in a New Wind Band Version

Martin Ellerby

The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

29th October, 7th and 12th November 2010

Yorkshire Wind Orchestra joined forces with SingLive UK to perform the symphonic band version of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in three very special venues.

The world premiere of this version of the mass, arranged by Martin Ellerby, took place in the beautiful surroundings of York Minster on Friday 29th October 2010 to a packed nave. The wonderful cannon effect on timpani even woke the church mice who scuttled away down the aisle! The performance was electrifying and emotional for all taking part, resulting in a standing ovation and highly appreciative audience comments.


A week later, the performance was repeated, this time at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds to a sell-out audience. The original mass was commissioned in 2000 by Classic FM and the Royal Armouries, but had never been performed at this venue before so we truly brought the Armed Man home. The poignant story was introduced by a narrator in full suit of armour who marched down through the audience to take his place in the proceedings.

The final concert of the Armed Man series took place in Coventry Cathedral to open the remembrance weekend of events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Blitz. Another highly charged and emotional performance moved the audience and performers to tears and brought the poignant message of peace to all.

"A magnificent and deeply moving performance, with a well-deserved standing ovation from an enthralled audience."