The Anzac Centenary commemoration on April 25 of the Gallipoli Landing has given Noosa Chorale the chance to bring back a remarkably thrilling and emotional work, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man—a Mass for Peace.
According to Chorale music director, Adrian King, this is no ordinary piece of music.
“It is already the most performed work by any living composer with well over 1000 performances in the last 15 years. It is an emotional journey, exploring the descent into war, its hellish horror and, finally, the desire for peace.”
Adrian said that when the choir performed it in 2012 in the Bicentennial Hall the impact of the music and the accompanying film with its graphic images of battle and resultant ravages produced a standing ovation.
“Comments made to Chorale members after the performance made clear that those in the audience had experienced something rich, powerful and stimulating.
“Aware that the Gallipoli commemoration would be an emotional time for many people in our region, it seemed to me The Armed Man would at one time capture for them the hell that was Gallipoli, the sacrifice of our brave young soldiers and the joy the world felt in 1918 when the war was over.
“The Armed Man reflects on war and peace in a multi-cultural global society. Regardless of culture, race, or religion, Jenkins incorporates Christian, Muslim and Hindu religious texts along with phrases from English and Japanese poets, to create a music which transcends our differences and reminds us of the universality of the wish for peace, in the face of the darker forces that embroil us in wars.”
Adrian said the Chorale would again show war footage to accompany the performance. The film was produced for a performance in St David’s Hall in Cardiff and, as Karl Jenkins himself says it has now become an essential backdrop as it adds an extra dimension to the music.
“Having decided that this stirring and evocative work by Jenkins would be our first half, I now needed a second half to balance the emotional depth and sheer musical power of the Jenkins’ Mass for Peace.”
Tunes from the Trenches
“The war song medley, Tunes from the Trenches, gave me the clue. Let’s have a selection of songs that people sang to keep their spirits up during times of war, tunes filled with courage, hope, and cheeky humour, sung and whistled at the front lines and at home. The songs we have chosen from both World War eras and more recently will bring back nostalgic memories for many.
“In between The Armed Man and the nostalgic tunes from the war years, we will also perform the stirring Adagio in G minor for Organ and Strings by Albinoni which many will recognise from the film Gallipoli.”
“For me and for the Chorale, the performance of this Gallipoli Remembered concert is a privilege. Together with Noosa Sinfonia and its 48 musicians, we invite Noosa to join us on an emotional and heart-felt journey that commemorates the courageous service of so many at Gallipoli and beyond,” he said.
Gallipoli Remembered – Anzac Centenary Concert. Noosa Chorale. Sat April 18 at 7pm and Sun April 19 at 3pm at The J, Noosa Junction. Tickets $38, concession $35. Bookings online: www.thej.com.au Phone enquiries 07 5329 6560.
Noosa Chorale Honours the Sacrifice of Gallipoli
The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction
Saturday April 18th 2015 and Sunday April 19th 2015
Tickets: $38, Concession $35.
Bookings available online. For further information please contact 07 5329 6560
The J, Noosa Junction
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