As part of their Peace Week commemoration, Grace Lutheran College at Rothwell is hosting a performance of The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. The piece will be performed by a 60-person choir and orchestra, directed by Spencer Faulkner, and includes a visual presentation. Sung by the Musica Antiqua Collegii Choir and Redcliffe City Choir, this Mass for Peace will be a truly moving event. The concert coincides with a visit of Japanese students from the College's sister school, Nichidai Tsurugaoka, in Tokyo.
This impressive work was originally dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Based on the Catholic Mass, it is an anti-war piece or, as the subtitle mentions, a 'Mass for Peace'. The work features characteristics of a variety of world religions, including an Islamic call to prayer. The Armed Man was written to celebrate the beginning of a new millennium and was first performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2000. The work moves from the menace of armed conflict, through the horrors of war, into a hope for world peace. Due to its confronting nature, this concert is not suitable for children under 10 years.