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Lancaster & District Choral Society

This year, for its spring concert, Lancaster and District Choral Society will be commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War One by performing The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins at the Ashton Hall, Lancaster at 7.30 on 14th April – Features Writer Rob Bullock discovered more about the Choral Society and The Armed Man…



Lancaster and District Choral Society is one of the leading non-auditioned choirs in the North West of England. It has an average membership of around 60 singers, ranging from novice to very experienced, and everything in between.

The choir has its origins in the Lancaster Grand Theatre, which was built in 1782. The owner and local entrepreneur, Edmund Sharpe, decided the theatre required a choir to enhance its image, so in 1836 he created Lancaster and District Musical Society. This eventually became the Choral Society, as it is known today.


Since joining Lancaster and District Choral Society in 2002, John Perrin has brought his many years of musical experience to the Society. John passionately believes that music and singing are an important, all encompassing, experience for everyone.

Music refreshes both mind and body in a holistic way, for the common good. The Society performs choral concerts that incorporate an eclectic mixture of classical, sacred and secular music. The smaller summer Chorale, gives a lighter, fresher feel to its repertoire and popular appeal.




Lancaster and District Choral Society provides a fun, supportive and comfortable environment in which to sing. They encourage new members to be part of an exciting group of people.

But singing will provide lots of other benefits too, including:

– A great socialising opportunity with the chance to make new friends and meet others who have an interest in music. – A real bonding experience, with similar minded people.

A recent study found that after just one singing class, people felt closer to each other than those taking part in other classes! – By singing in a group, members improve their musical ability and deepen their understanding of music. – Learning something new which helps boost self-esteem and confidence!




The Armed Man was originally commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millennium celebrations, to mark the museum’s move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.

Like Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem before it, it is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources, principally the fifteenth century folk song “L’homme armé” in the first and last movements.

The Lancaster & District Choral Society performs the Mass for Peace “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins.Accompanied by Orchestra and Soloists and directed by John Perrin, LCDS Musical Director, with Julian Cann leading the orchestra. Soprano Rebecca Chandler is the soloist. The concert will be held at Ashton Hall, George Street, Lancaster, Lancaster

THE PERFORMANCE INCLUDES: Crown Imperial Coronation March- William Walton Hymn to the Fallen – John Williams (Saving Private Ryan) For the Fallen – Douglas Guest Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 Poetry by Wilfred Owen and the reading of a letter written by a Lancaster soldier during WW1.

A presentation of standards(flags) by the Royal British Legion Tickets (£15 or Concessions for: Students/People in receipt of Benefits (with proof) = £12, Accompanied Schoolchildren under 18 FREE) are available from HERE, Choral Society members, Lancaster Visitor Information Centre – 01524 582394, Morecambe Visitor Information Centre – 01524 582808 or on the door, on the night.



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