The Centenary Chorus: 600 young voices mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

13 August 2014 | Kate Clements

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace 2014

This year, Sing UK is bringing together over 600 young voices from across the UK and Europe in a commemorative concert. The specially formed Centenary Chorus will perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins at The Royal Albert Hall on 28 September 2014. This concert is part of a pan-European programme of events that will mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Students from schools in Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, London, Cambridge, France, Belgium and Germany will be performing with the Philharmonia Orchestra and four international soloists. The programme will include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and will be conducted by Sing UK’s Artistic Director, Malcolm Goldring.

This unique event is just the first stage in a four-year Sing UK project marking the important centenary years of the First World War, which will culminate in a further concert in the Royal Albert Hall in 2018 to mark the end of the First World War.

The 600 students, who are aged between 13 and 18, will rehearse throughout the year in their regional groups but won’t sing together as a chorus until just before the concert.

Find out more about the commemorative concert.