Aankondiging The Armed Man Beauvarletkoor


Next concerts by the Beauvarlet Choir Koksijde:
Knesselare: at 5 p.m. Sunday 9 nov. 2014
Koksijde: at 5 p.m. Tuesday 11 nov. 2014
Torhout: at 8 p.m. Saturday 15 nov. 2014

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The Armed Man


The Armed Man - Karl Jenkins

Just like Benjamin Britten and his “War Requiem”, the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins  wrote “The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace” to take a universal stance against war.

The piece was originally dedicated to the Kosovo war victims (1998-1999) and premiered in the Royal Albert Hall in London in 2000.

More than ever, this popular work will be sung by amateur choirs this year, in commemoration of the World War that started 100 years ago.

Again like the War Requiem, this “mass” is built around the ordinarium (= fixed parts) of the Christian mass, and is combined with other sources such as an Islamic call to prayer, Bible texts, fragments from a Hindu philosophic epic and the 15th century hymn “L’homme armé” in the first and last part.

Jenkins  uses heroic texts about war and violence, lamenting texts about their consequences and ends with hopeful words by Tennyson about lasting peace in a new millennium.  Jenkins requires that the songs are performed as a whole. Each song only conveys its full meaning when performed as a part of the entire mass.

The Beauvarlet choir Koksijde, Jokobeau Koksijde, The Torhout Lamidore choir and the Ursel Magnificat choir together form a choir of about 100 singers, which will be accompanied by the Kortrijk Brass Band and its director Ward De Ketelaere. They will provide a multidisciplinary experience by projecting video material on a large screen, which will evoke and emphasise the performance’s theme.

We wish our audience an intense and unforgettable experience!

Tickets: € 18 at the cash desk - € 15 presale – free entrance for children under 12

Reservation: choir members 0476 59 42 99 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Tourist Office Koksijde


Translation: Elien Reynaert