The Armed (Isle Of) Man Travels to Berlin

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Carnegie Hall, New York in January this year, and now Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin on 2nd November 2018.

So, what is the link? At the invitation of Sir Karl Jenkins, forty-eight members of Isle of Man Choral Society are taking part in a “Concert for Peace” in Berlin on 2nd November to mark the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Those members of Isle of Man Choral Society are singing in a choir of nearly 1,500 from 27 countries and supported by the World Orchestra for Peace to perform The Armed Man – “A Mass for Peace” which will be conducted by the composer Sir Karl Jenkins.

The Armed Man, was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum’s move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. It was first performed in 2000.

The invitation from Sir Karl was received in May this year and no doubt followed the excellent singing by fifty members of Isle of Man Choral Society of the World Premiere of “Sing! The Music was Given”, in Carnegie Hall, New York. The New York concert was at the invitation of Dr Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and conductor of Distinguished Concerts International New York with a choir of around 250 singers.

Sing! The Music was Given is to have its British Premiere on 7th April   2019, when Isle of Man Choral Society will perform this work and Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass with Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra.

Those forty-eight singers are travelling to Berlin [mostly on Tuesday 30th October] to attend five rehearsals each of three hours and then the concert performance on 2nd November which commences at 8.00 pm. The concert is being televised and a recording of the concert will be on sale in due course. Although the work is well known to Isle of Man Choral singers, there will be some movements now sung in German, Japanese and Welsh which presents challenges for all singers.

All singers are required to have sung the work before and some members of Isle of Man Choral Society have sung it more than twice – on two occasions at the Royal Hall, Villa Marina in Douglas, and many at the Royal Albert Hall in London for Big Sing concerts.

Julian Power BEM, Director of Music and conductor of Isle of Man Choral Society, has taken his singers through the work and is singing with them in Berlin on this unique occasion.

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