Elizabeth Egan and Matthew Henry will join forces this September to present The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace by Sir Karl Jenkins. Sir Karl Jenkins originally wrote the work as an advocacy for peace.
Elizabeth (Conductor of the Toowoomba Choral Society Choir) and Matthew (Conductor of the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra) have been long-time friends. They met in primary school at Gabbinbar State School, where they were both school captains. The two stayed in touch throughout the years and have previously collaborated on the Toowoomba Choral Society’s highly acclaimed production of Miss Saigon in 2015.
Regular soloist at Opera Queensland, Hayley Sugars will be joining the performance as a guest artist. The trio had met while completing their secondary and tertiary education together at Concordia Lutheran College and the University of Southern Queensland. “It is always exciting for the TCS Choir to perform with an Orchestra, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with such an acclaimed vocalist. It is a privilege to be working with Matthew, the TCO and Hayley again,” said Elizabeth.
The Armed Man is a powerful and compelling piece that is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo War. The piece has a beautiful balance of moods ranging from strong military calls to war, to softer moments of reflection. The emotional peaks of the piece culminates in a hymn for peace for the new millennium. Royal Armouries Museum originally commissioned the project for the Millennium celebrations. “The Armed Man will take audience members on a captivating & emotional journey. It will be an exciting experience for Toowoomba audiences,” said Elizabeth.
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