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In a concert to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War, The Really Big Chorus presents Sir Karl Jenkins’ 20-century choral classic The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace, coupled with a performance of The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams who served as a medical orderly in that conflict. The violin soloist is Tasmin Little, one of the UK’s best-loved performers.

The Armed Man fuses words and music from many different centuries and cultures in condemnation of war and the misery it brings. The Lark Ascending was written against the backdrop of WWI, and its beautiful soaring melody perfectly captures the essence of the English countryside. It has topped the Classic FM ‘Hall of Fame’ charts a record eight times, and violinist Tasmin Little is one of its finest interpreters.

Come and be amazed also by the power and commitment of this 1,500-voice chorus, comprising choirs and individual singers from all over the UK and abroad. Emily Gray is the mezzo-soprano soloist, Manvinder Rattan (Sing for Pleasure, The Choir, JLP Music Society) will sing the evocative Adhan and the English Festival Orchestra will be at full strength under the baton of TRBC’s Principal Conductor Brian Kay.

The Really Big Chorus

All proceeds from programmes, collections and sponsorship at this concert will benefit Combat Stress, the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health.