Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Leeds Town Hall
The Headrow


George ButterworthThe Banks of Green Willow
Edward ElgarSerenade for String Orchestra in E Minor, Op.20
Karl JenkinsThe Armed Man (A Mass for Peace)


Ben Gernon – Conductor

Manchester Camerata
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
St Peter's Singers

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Programme Note

Manchester Camerata
Leeds Festival Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
St Peter’s Singers
Ben Gernon - conductor

Butterworth - The Banks of Green Willow
Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Jenkins - The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

A special commemorative concert of glorious English music, in honour of those who gave their lives during the Somme offensive exactly a century ago. Over a million men perished between July and November 1916, including brilliant budding English composer George Butterworth, whose music will be played at the start of our musical homage to the fallen. The Banks of Green Willow, is a glorious, dream-like Idyll, composed j ust before the war began.

Karl Jenkins’ visionary work The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace, was commissioned by the Royal Armouries and uses texts from Latin originals, the Psalms of David and the poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson amongst other sources. The combined choirs of Leeds Festival Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and St Peter’s Singers, along with Manchester Camerata, will be led by fantastic young conductor Ben Gernon, featured recently in BBC Music Magazine as its ‘Rising Star/Great Artist of tomorrow’.

Ben Gernon

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