Heroes for Peace
Armistice Commemoration Concert
Sunday 11 November 2018 at 7:30pm
  Date:  Sunday 11 November 2018
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP
  Ticket Information: Details of ticket purchase and availability will be available in the spring of 2018 from the Royal & Derngate Box Office, Tel: 01604 624811.
  Disclaimer: We endeavour to supply full and accurate information but cannot be held responsible for changed circumstances which may necessitate the substitution of artists or changes to the programme.
Previous Concert
The Northampton Bach Choir is delighted to be taking part in a very special concert marking the centenary of the Armistice on 11.11.1918, together with members of Daventry Choral Society and Earls Barton Music. The first half of the concert is an audio-visual presentation of the life of Edgar Mobbs DSO (1882-1917), commissioned by Royal & Derngate’s Artistic Director James Dacre. Mobbs was born on 29 June 1882 in Northampton, and after initially being turned down as too old to join the army in the First World War, Edgar raised his own “sportsman’s” company of 250 sportsmen (also known as Mobbs’ Own) for the Northamptonshire Regiment. He rose to command his battalion with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Mobbs was killed in action, on 31 July 1917, at Zillebeke, Belgium, during the Third Battle of Ypres, while attacking a machine gun post. His body has never been found, so his name is on the Menin Gate memorial.

In the second half of the concert the choir and orchestra unite to perform music by two knights of the realm. Sir Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace was composed in 1999, and since that time it has already notched up over one thousand performances across the globe (indeed, the Northampton Bach Choir organised a Come-and-Sing performance of the complete work in 2017 which sold-out with over 270 singers taking part). At tonight’s concert the choir perform the half-hour long Choral Suite from the work, alongside singers from Daventry Choral Socoety and Earls Barton Music, and orchestra. The concert concludes with works by Sir C. Hubert H. Parry, who died of natural causes a month before the Armistice: his ceremonial work I was glad when they said unto me, and his great setting of Blake’s visionary poem Jerusalem, sung by audience and choir together.


Northampton Bach Choir
Daventry Choral Society
Earls Barton Music

Conductor –
Lee Dunleavy

Sir Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (Choral Suite)
Sir C. Hubert H. Parry – I was glad when they said unto me
Sir C. Hubert H. Parry – Jerusalem

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