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The Stay at Home Choir and the World Orchestra for Peace are collaborating with Sir Karl Jenkins on his popular classic, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, to mark its 20th anniversary.

Virtual choirs are forming across the world to give musicians an opportunity to come together to celebrate, discover and sing short pieces of music while physical rehearsals are not possible. The 10,000-strong Stay at Home Choir, in collaboration with Boosey & Hawkes and the World Orchestra for Peace, is giving its singers the opportunity to participate in a virtual performance, conducted by Sir Karl Jenkins himself, of the most popular large-scale choral work of recent decades. Since the announcement on 28 May over 1500 singers have already registered to participate in the project.

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20th Anniversary of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Saturday 25 April 2020 marked the 20th Anniversary of the world premiere of Sir Karl’s The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The work was premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London to mark the millennium in 2000, featuring The National Youth Choir of Great Britain with Julian Lloyd Webber as the cello soloist. The piece has gone on to receive close to 3000 performances worldwide to date, and the recording (available on Decca Classics) has had a record-breaking 930 weeks (over 17 years) in the official UK Classical Chart.

The Project

The final product of this project will be a global virtual choir recording of over 20 minutes of highlight movements from The Armed Man accompanied by live orchestral footage performed by the World Orchestra for Peace, making it the most ambitious virtual choir project since lockdown. Enrolment in the project will give participants access to ten weeks of rehearsals with interactive content, learning resources including a ‘conductor cam’ of Sir Karl himself and webinar rehearsals with a host of professional musicians, alongside the chance to virtually meet the composer himself.

The Stay at Home Choir has become known for its vibrant webinar rehearsals, with available places often filling in as little as three minutes. Since the project began in early March more than 2,500 singers from 54 countries around the world have come together to rehearse their parts (in a ‘mute and sing’ format), interact with the rest of the Stay at Home Choir community, and meet featured artists such as The Swingles and the King’s Singers. Now, more singers than ever have the opportunity to come together to sing and rehearse with professional musicians.

Partners for The Armed Man project include: Boosey & Hawkes, Rondo Media, World Orchestra for Peace, Decca Records, DCINY, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, World Choir for Peace, Hal Leonard, Sheet Music Direct, Musicroom, Nkoda.

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SAHC background

The Stay at Home Choir, formed since lockdown, is a global musical community of more than 10,000 people who come together to interact with and perform alongside some of their favourite artists. Previous collaborations have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The King’s Singers, The Sixteen and The Swingles. Their performance of Sir James MacMillan’s O Radiant Dawn had videos submitted from 54 countries around the world. The most recent project has been working with The Swingles, singing Marvin Gaye’s Motown classic You’re All I Need To Get By.

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Contact details

Stay at Home Choir:
Press and media: [email protected]

Boosey and Hawkes:
Press and media: [email protected]

The World Orchestra for Peace:
Co-Founder and Director-Charles Kaye: [email protected]

>  Further information on Work: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (full orchestra version)

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