Choir performs timely salute in Lewes

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The East Sussex Community Choir will perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins on Saturday, March 22, at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes.

The Armed Man (written in 2000) is hugely popular and is often heard on Classic FM as well as being a favourite of British choirs and audiences. Subtitled A Mass for Peace, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, including the 15th century folk song L’homme arme.

The choir will be accompanied by a small ensemble including trumpets, percussion and keyboards. The two soloists, Briony Lambert and Tim Wilcox, both live in Lewes, and the performance is conducted by Nick Houghton who also lives in the town. He is Head of the East Sussex Academy of Music and organist at St Michael’s Church in Lewes.