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Saturday, 13 October

Hampton-in-Arden Parish Church

starting at 7pm

At 11am on 11 November 1918 - "the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month" - a ceasefire came into effect and World War 1 came to an end after almost four and a half years of fighting which saw the loss of over nine million combatants and seven million civilians.

To mark the centenary of the end of the Great War, Hampton Singers next concert is entitled "War and Peace".

The French Revolution, starting in 1789 and lasting a decade, was a time of great turmoil in Europe. By the summer of 1796 Napoleon’s army had taken control of Italy, driving the Austrian army out of northern Italy. Haydn began composing the second of his six masses in the autumn of 1796 and his title for the work, Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War), reflects the Austrian people’s fear of a French invasion. 

Karl Jenkins was born and grew up on the Gower Peninsula, the son of a local organist and choirmaster. He studied music at Cardiff University and then at the Royal Academy of Music. Originally an oboist, he took to the saxophone and established himself early on as a jazz musician.The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to mark the transition from one millennium to another. It reflects on the passing of "the most war-torn and destructive century in human history" and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future.

The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as it was being composed.

Tickets are priced at £12.50 (under 16's free) and can be purchased from members of the choir, on the door or on-line from the

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