MOV­ING CON­CERT

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By BREN­DAN KEANE

THIS com­ing week­end New Ross Singers (NRS) will per­form what is likely to be one of the most poignant and mov­ing con­certs held in New Ross all year.

The group will re­mem­ber the end­ing of World War I with a per­for­mance of ‘ The Armed Man’ in the Parish Church, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11, at 8 p.m.

The mem­bers are cur­rently busy with fi­nal re­hearsals for the piece which was first per­formed by the choir - to much ac­claim - in 2010.

A spokesper­son for the group told this news­pa­per that when plan­ning their au­tumn sched­ule, and con­scious of the then up­com­ing cen­te­nary of the end­ing of the Great War, the mem­bers felt that an­other per­for­mance of the work would be fit­ting.

Com­posed by Welsh com­poser, Karl Jenk­ins, The Armed Man was com­mis­sioned to mark the turn­ing of the new mil­len­nium.

A re­flec­tive work it marks the fact that the 20th cen­tury was one of the most war-torn and de­struc­tive pe­ri­ods in hu­man his­tory.

‘ The world needed to look back and re­flect but also to look ahead with hope to a new and more peace­ful time,’ said the NRS spokesper­son.

Jenkin’s be­gins the work with an anony­mous French march­ing song, ‘L’Homme Armé’, the theme of which is ‘ the armed man must be feared’.

He in­cludes el­e­ments of the Chris­tian Mass, bib­li­cal psalms, and sec­u­lar texts from clas­si­cal po­ets as well as Mus­lim, Hindu and Ja­pa­nese source ma­te­ri­als to craft a work that con­veys a pow­er­ful mes­sage for world peace.

La­mentably, the world is still a volatile place and in that re­gard The Armed Man is as ap­pli­ca­ble to the 21st cen­tury as it is to the last one.

Jenk­ins was also deeply moved by events in the Kosovo con­flict and ded­i­cated The Armed Man”

Mem­bers of New Ross Singers who will per­form ‘The Armed Man’ on Sun­day.

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