The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Sunday, 28 September 2014
Royal Albert Hall, London

2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

As part of the nation’s commemorations — spearheaded by the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership — Sing UK is proud to present a special concert to mark the occasion.

Karl JenkinsThe Armed Man
BeethovenSymphony No.5 in C minor
GounodJudex from Mors et Vita

A landmark event in 2014:

  • The Armed Man – Karl Jenkins’s profoundly moving work with its powerful message for peace…
  • A chorus of 600 young voices from the UK, joined by youth choirs from Germany, Belgium and France…
  • The superb Philharmonia Orchestra…
  • The iconic Royal Albert Hall, London...

Introduced by international best-selling author Kate Mosse OBE.

Young singers from four of the principal countries involved in the First World War come together in a spirit of peace and reconciliation to make their own special contribution to the commemorations taking place.


Photographs from Mike St Maur Sheil's Fields of Battle – Lands of Peace 14–18 exhibition will be screened during the performance of The Armed Man. These stunning contemporary images show how nature has helped to heal the battlefield landscapes over the last 100 years in synergy with the concert's themes of peace and reconciliation. For further exhibition information visit:

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The First World War Centenary is an opportunity to remember the sacrifice and heroism of the fallen and their loved ones. It is truly humbling to see hundreds of young people, whose great-grandparents would have been on opposing sides of the war, coming together for this extraordinary event, which whilst remembering the lives lost, will also celebrate the spirit of peace and reconciliation in the 21st century."

"The Philharmonia Orchestra is delighted to be working in partnership with Sing UK to stage this ambitious project, giving young singers from across the UK and Europe access to the finest performance opportunities and inspiring the next generation of singers with a life-long passion for music."
David Whelton, Managing Director Philharmonia Orchestra



Soprano – Soraya Mafi

Mezzo – Amy Williamson

Tenor – Gyula Rab

Baritone – Timothy Nelson