NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

Where: ASB Theatre Marlborough , 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, the Marlborough Singers and members from the Marlborough District Brass Band will perform "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by British composer Karl Jenkins.

This is a powerful modern work, commissioned to mark the 2000 Millenium, and deals with the human cost of war—and hope towards a more peaceful future. While based on the Christian mass, it draws from other religions and cultures, including the Islamic call to prayer, a Sanskrit epic poem, prose by Rudyard Kipling and Alfred Lord Tennyson, and a poem by Japanese poet Sankichi Toge—a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing.

Robert Tucker has returned as Musical Director, having just performed the role of Don Giovanni in August with Opera Otago.

Guest soloists include: Wellington-based soprano Barbara Paterson, Manase Latu, a finalist in the 2018 Lexus Song Quest, Marlborough mezzo-soprano Elin Tomos and James Harrison from NZ Opera.

The Marlborough Singers will also be joined by students from the Marlborough Boys and Marlborough Girls Colleges.

Tickets are on sale through Ticketek and ASB Theatre Marlborough.

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