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Royal Armouries presents a spectacular gala concert ‘100 Days to Peace’ in support of mental health charities

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sir Karl Jenkins sat with his hands clasped.

Tickets go on sale today for 100 Days to Peace, a gala evening of music and reflection presented by the Royal Armouries, to mark the centenary of the last 100 days of the First World War. All proceeds from the event, which will be held in September 2018 in London, will go to three outstanding charities working to support military veterans facing mental health challenges.

The Royal Armouries is committed to making a difference to the thousands of ex-service men and women living with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other combat related mental health conditions. To achieve this, the national museum is working in partnership with Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together – The Royal Foundation’s Campaign and Mental Health Initiative.

As the highlight of this gala evening, one of the most performed living composers in the world, Sir Karl Jenkins, will conduct his internationally-acclaimed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra, this will be the only performance of one of his best-loved works in England in 2018, to be conducted by Sir Karl himself. The music will be performed against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s film of The Armed Man.

Sir Karl Jenkins composed The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in 1999 when he was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to write a piece of music that marked the start of the new millennium and reflected the hope for the future.

Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Royal Armouries, General the Lord Dannatt GBC CBE MC DL, comments: “Tragically, the First World War did not turn out to be ‘the war to end war’ but then, as now, by marking the centenary of the end of the war with this commemorative concert, we can hope and pray for a better future. Part of that better future is helping those who have been affected by war and conflict.”

The event will also bring together Samuel Bordoli’s The Great Silence, written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War, with the charity Remembered, featuring their 2018 Armistice installation There But Not There.

100 Days to Peace will be held on the evening of Thursday 6 September 2018 at Central Hall Westminster, London. Tickets and  further information is available from Ticketmaster.


Notes to editors

Royal Armouries is one of Britain’s oldest public museums and home to the national collection of arms and armour. It has sites in Leeds, at HM Tower of London and at Fort Nelson in Hampshire.

Further enquiries

Siona Mackelworth
Public Engagement Director
Royal Armouries
Armouries Drive
LS10 1LT
+44 (0) 113 220 1979
+44 (0) 7810 364571


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