Armed Man, The - A Mass for Peace (2009)
Late in 2004, Andrew Wainwright and Duncan Gibbs arranged Karl Jenkins' immensely popular The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace for brass band, choir and organ.
April 2005 saw the première performance of the arrangement, in Barnet, North London, in the presence of Karl Jenkins, and in May 2006 a follow-up event took place in Bromley, Kent. It was after this that the suggestion of a recording came from some of the performers, and in May 2007 that recording was brought to fruition.
The Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band, a composite group featuring many of the UK's top brass players came together, along with an 80-strong choir comprising of members of Bromley Temple Songsters of The Salvation Army and Exeter Festival Chorus, together with other guest singers. They were joined by vocal soloists Louise Turner (soprano), Marjory Watson (alto), Nicky Spence (tenor) and Mark Norwood (bass), and under the baton of Howard Evans produced an outstanding recording of the work.
CD recordings: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace (Brass Band Aid Celebrity Band and guest soloists), available from www.worldofbrass.com
DVD recordings: Black Dyke Live - The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace, available from www.worldofbrass.com
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes Ltd.