Central Hall Westminster chosen to host Royal Armouries charity gala concert supporting veterans living with mental health challenges
Sir Karl Jenkins to conduct The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace
Central Hall Westminster will play host this September to a spectacular charity gala concert, featuring Sir Karl Jenkins, to mark the centenary of the last 100 days of First World War hostilities.
A highlight of the 100 Days to Peace concert, to be held in the central London venue’s iconic Great Hall, will be a performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, conducted by one of the most-performed living composers in the world, Sir Karl Jenkins. His renowned composition will be performed by the Royal Choral Society and the Philharmonia Orchestra. The evening marks the only performance in England this year of one of Sir Karl’s best-loved works conducted by the composer himself, and the music will be performed against a backdrop of Hefin Owen’s moving film of The Armed Man.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace was composed by Sir Karl Jenkins in 1999 when he was commissioned by the Royal Armouries to write a piece of music to mark the new millennium, reflecting hope for the future.
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.
All proceeds from the event will go to three charities which work to support military veterans facing challenges, including mental health. Charities to benefit from the evening include Help for Heroes, Combat Stress and Heads Together - The Royal Foundation’s Campaign and Mental Health Initiative, through a partnership formed by the Royal Armouries.
Siona Mackelworth, Interim Director: Public Engagement at the Royal Armouries said: “The style and ‘feel’ of Central Hall Westminster, its capacity, its location in the heart of Westminster, not to mention the incredible acoustics in the Great Hall, all pointed to this being the perfect venue for our evening of music and remembrance, 100 Days to Peace.
“The event will feature world-famous composer and conductor, Sir Karl Jenkins, giving his only performance of The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in England this year. This, coupled with the fact that all proceeds from the event will go to three charities working to support veterans facing mental health challenges, meant that we needed a venue which could not only accommodate a large number of people but was also fitting for an event of this nature.”
Paul Southern, Managing Director of Central Hall Westminster, comments: “We are truly honoured to be hosting this spectacular gala evening that not only marks an important event in our history, but raises funds for ex-service personnel living with a range of issues, including mental health. Over the years we have hosted many high-profile and historically significant events and The Great Hall lends itself to these occasions. Additionally, as a not-for-profit company which exists to pay for the upkeep of our wonderful building and support charities around the world, this remarkable concert reflects our ethos to support others.”
Notes to Editors:
About The Royal Armouries
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.
• Royal Armouries has sites in Leeds, HM Tower of London and Fort Nelson in Hampshire.
• The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds houses a major part of the national collection of arms and armour, and displays over 8,500 objects throughout its five themed galleries.
• Open all year daily, 10am-5pm. Closed 24-26 December
• Website: www.royalarmouries.org
Sir Karl Jenkins: credit © Rhys Frampton
About Central Hall Westminster
Central Hall Westminster (CHW) is central London’s largest purpose-built conference and events centre, combining historical elegance with cutting-edge technical capabilities. The unique Edwardian landmark building situated adjacent to Westminster Abbey is the home of a culturally diverse Methodist Church and has engaged high profile conferences, special events and local business meetings since 1912.
Central Hall Westminster is a not for profit company that exists to enhance its architecturally significant building and to provide money for charitable works all over the world.
With a maximum capacity of 2,400, Central Hall Westminster offers 25 event spaces, including:
•The Great Hall – Seats up to 2,000 delegates and features Europe’s largest self-supporting domed ceiling, creating a uniquely intimate atmosphere in the circular shaped, tiered balcony hall with natural daylight.
•Library and Lecture Hall – The bright and spacious halls provide flexible space flooded with natural light for up to 1,100 delegates.
•Six rooms up to 150 delegates - All rooms offer flexible configurations combined with natural light/ blackout facilities. By using adjacent rooms and spacious foyers, unique event spaces can be created, allowing for breakout sessions, catering and registration.
•13 rooms for up to 60 delegates - With beautiful original features, Central Hall Westminster’s smaller rooms provide an elegant setting for meetings from 20 to 60 guests.
The architectural features of the building include the iconic dome, spacious entrance foyers and hallways, marble flooring and a sweeping Grand staircase, the design of which is based on the Paris Opera House.