Karl Jenkins, who was awarded a CBE earlier this year, is widely recognised as the world’s most popular living composer following a recent poll by renowned cultural commentator Norman Lebrecht. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is his most performed work, having been performed 900 times since its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2000. Commissioned jointly by The Royal Armouries and Classic FM, it was initially inspired by the Kosovan conflict, but the clear message of hope this work brings to so many resounds even stronger ten years later. The piece regularly sits high in the Classic FM ‘Hall of Fame’ voted for by listeners, this year coming in at #15, making Karl Jenkins the radio station’s best-loved living composer.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this popular piece, EMI Classics is releasing a Special Edition package comprising the original recording of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace coupled with the world premiere recording of his brand new piece For the Fallen: In memoriam Alfryn Jenkins, a DVD featuring a full filmed performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and a special extended commemorative booklet.