100 Days to Peace at Central Hall Westminster

23 August 2018, 10:00 | Updated: 24 April 2019, 15:17

Lesley Garrett & Karl Jenkins
Picture: Royal Armouries / PA

Join Lesley Garrett CBE and Sir Karl Jenkins for a gala evening of music and reflection presented by the Royal Armouries, in the presence of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Taking place in the spectacular surroundings of Central Hall Westminster on Thursday 6th September, the concert marks the campaign of the last 100 days offensive of the First World War.

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100 Days to Peace will see world-acclaimed composer and conductor Sir Karl Jenkins conducting his own The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries at the turn of the century. It has has now been performed over 2,000 times.

This will be the only performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in England in 2018, to be conducted by Sir Karl himself.

The evening will be hosted by Lesley Garrett CBE. Lesley will sing WB Yates’ poem Cloths of Heaven, one of her favourite songs, written especially for her by Sir Karl. She will singing pieces that are very poignant to the period and the unrecognised PTSD that so many suffered during WW1.

In addition, Sir Karl is adapting the performance of For the Fallen for Lesley to sing a short solo, a unique collaboration for this event.

The evening will also feature The Royal Choral Society, the Philharmonia Orchestra and soloist mezzo soprano Kathryn Rudge. Other performances will include Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There.