A concert to remember

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The Isle of Man Choral Society, in conjunction with the Isle of Man Symphony Orchestra, will perform a special concert on Sunday, March 23.

Two works previously performed under the society’s previous conductors are being revisited.

Poulenc’s Gloria was performed under the baton of Alan Pickard in 1984 and 2000 and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in 2006 under the direction of Pam Duchars.

One of the reasons for choosing to perform The Armed Man this year is that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War and, as the piece is subtitled ‘A Mass for Peace’ it seemed appropriate, the society said.

The work was originally dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis and was first performed in April 2000.

It is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass.

Pam died in 2013 and the society decided that it was only fitting that this year’s performance be dedicated to her memory.

Following this decision IOMCS contacted Karl Jenkins to tell him that we would again be performing his work.

When he heard that Pam, whom he had met when she attended a concert of his in October 2010, had died, he wrote to say that he personally wished the performance to be dedicated to her.

Soloists for the occasion, which is supported by Tower Insurance, will be Karen Elliott for the Gloria and Mandy Griffin for The Armed Man.

The performance takes place at the Villa Marina at 7.30pm on 23rd March 2014 and tickets are available from the box office or the Welcome Centre in the Sea Terminal, Douglas, priced at £13 for adults and £3 for children and students (inclusive of 2 per cent booking fee). Telephone bookings on 600555.

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