AS THE centenary of the end of WWI draws close, Galway will mark the event with a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man and Haydn's Mass in a Time of War.
The concert will be performed by the Tribal Chamber Choir, along with a full orchestra, including five percussionists, under the baton of Mark Keane. Soloists will be Katy Kelly (soprano ), Raphaela Mangan (mezzo ), Eoin Hynes (tenor ), and Geoff Williams (baritone ), while a member of the Western Islamic Cultural Centre Galway will sing the 'Adhan' in The Armed Man. There will also be a guest performance by the Galway Baytones.
The Armed Man draws on a diverse collection of texts from the 15th century French tune 'L’Homme Arméto', the traditional Muslim call to prayer (Adhan ), poetry by Rudyard Kipling and Guy Wilson, and Toge Sankichi’s reflections of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945. The Haydn Mass, also known as the ‘Paukenmesse’ or Timpani Mass due to the dramatic use of the instrument throughout the piece, was composed in 1796, around the time of the invasion of Austria by Napoleon.
The concert takes place on Sunday November 11 in the Galway Cathedral. Tickets are €20/15 from Eventbrite.ie or at the door on the night.