the armed man
This performance was the first in Frome of the deeply moving Armed Man – a Mass for Peace. Jenkins’ work stemmed from the horrors of war in Kosovo and draws on musical traditions and text from different parts of the world, from the French 14th century troubadours’ song to the Islamic Call to Prayer and poetry inspired by Hiroshima. Chosen to mark the centenary of the start of the first World War, this was a much bigger project than our previous concerts. We were joined by four singers from Murrhardt, our twin town in Germany, as well as young singers from local schools. We were delighted that Frome Symphony accompanied the choir.
We also used the opportunity to develop a project with the art and graphics departments at Frome College. The stunning poster was designed by one of the students, and beside the stage a loop of visual images was the result of students’ work based on the music and its themes. It was a true reflection of Frome Voices as a community endeavour. The concert took place in the Cheese and Grain building, Frome’s biggest venue and was so popular that there was a waiting list for tickets.