Choral Workshop and Informal Concert 2009 directed by Nigel Perrin
Type: Choral Workshop
Date: Saturday 20 June 2009

Karl Jenkins The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Musical Director: Nigel Perrin
Piano: Peter Adcock
Vocal Soloist: Kim Van der Kiste
Cello: Isabelle Woolcott
Trumpet: Hannah Spooner
Piccolo: Hannah Lindsay-Clark
Percussion: Tim Woolcott


The combination of Nigel Perrin, one of the country’s leading choral conductors, and the selected choral work of Karl Jenkins The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace, attracted a record number of 220 people registering to sing at the Saturday Choral Workshop. From innovative and fun warm up exercises through to three well planned rehearsal sessions, Nigel expertly worked on improving the quality of the choir singing and technique. The informal concert in the evening was a triumph; absorbing all they had been taught, the choir gave a moving performance of The Armed Man to a packed audience in St Peter’s Church.

The Armed Man incorporates a wide range of sacred and secular texts from around the world, all set within the framework of the Christian mass: sacred texts from the Bible and Koran and the Mahàbharata, a 6th century Hindu poem; secular texts by Malory, Dryden, Tennyson, Swift, Kipling, Togi Sankichi (a survivor of Hiroshima who later died of leukaemia caused by radiation exposure) and Guy Wilson, Master of the Royal Armouries, who also selected many of the texts set by Jenkins. The singers certainly seemed to relish the drama of the piece; from the opening marching to war, to a powerful rendition of the Hymn Before Action which was followed by an exciting battlefield Charge!

The soprano soloist engaged for the day was unfortunately disposed and Kim Van der Kiste sang all the solo passages, soprano, contralto and baritone, with great warmth and compassion. Her singing of Now The Guns Have Stopped was a particularly poignant moment. The choir was well supported by the small ensemble of musicians led by Peter Adcock on the piano. Peter accompanied the first big festival workshop back in 1997 and has become an indispensable part of the Shaldon Festival Choral Workshop Day ever since.

A fun and educational day of music making which will, no doubt, be remembered by the 200 plus singers for many years to come.

Enid Hayles

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.