Come and Sing Days
The Armed Man : Workshop 2017
Saturday 28 October 2017 
Come and Sing: 10:30am to 6:15pm with registration from 10:00
Come and Listen: 5:00am to 6:15pm
  Date:  Saturday 28 October 2017
  Come and Sing: 10:30am to 6:15pm with registration from 10:00
Come and Listen: 5:00pm to 6:15pm
  Venue:  Northampton High School, Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton, NN4 6UU
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Following our highly successful “Come and Sing” day with John Rutter CBE on 27 February 2016, the Northampton Bach Choir are delighted to announce their next all-day workshop will feature Sir Karl Jenkins’ popular and moving The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The workshop will end with a concert performance open to all, with small orchestra, at 5:00pm. Our 2016 day sold out, attracting nearly 400 singers, and so we advise you to put the date in your diary and keep checking back on our website for details of when booking will open. Our venue is the Northampton High School, which - alongside the superb hall with banked seating - has a separate hall for our lunch and refreshments, plentiful parking and facilities, and is opposite a branch of Waitrose!

This popular choral/orchestral work was commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum as part of the millennium celebrations and was given its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in April 2000. It is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis, and like Britten’s War Requiem before it, it is a work crying out for peace in our times. The resulting album has been in the classical chart for over 700 weeks, cementing itself in the country’s consciousness; earlier in 2016 the work received its 2000th performance. The Bach Choir performed sections of the work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015, and the whole work in a similar workshop in October 2011, and we are delighted to be revisiting the work in this way, opening up access to all singers, from those with years of experience, to those with none.