Lesley Garrett to host 100 Days to Peace Gala in London on behalf of The Royal Armouries with proceeds going to three UK charities
Published on Monday, 6th August 2018
The concert will be held on 6th September 2018 at Central Hall Westminster in London to commemorate the centenary of the final 100 days of the First World War.
The highlight of the Royal Armouries’ gala concert will see Sir Karl Jenkins conduct his internationally-acclaimed ‘The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace,’ while, in addition to her hosting duties, soprano Lesley Garrett will also give two performances, including the opening lines from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon.
‘I am so looking forward to performing with Sir Karl Jenkins,’ Lesley commented. ‘Being part of the Royal Armouries’ event in September has struck several chords with me, not least because both my grandfathers served in the war.
‘The stories they told have given me a really personal connection with how terribly affected soldiers were by war and yet it was not recognised.
‘For many years, I’ve been associated with mental health charities and this was another big reason for wanting to be involved,’ she continued. ‘The charities benefitting from this event [Combat Stress, Heads Together and Help for Heroes] are doing amazing work to help veterans and rebuild societies devastated by conflict.
‘Recognising mental health issues, particularly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has come a long way in 100 years, but it is important to continue to support those affected and I am honoured to be part of an event that champions that.’
The event will also include a performance of Samuel Bordoli’s ‘The Great Silence’ – written in memory of choristers killed in the First World War – and the charity, Remembered, will feature their 2018 Armistice installation ‘There But Not There.’
Tickets for the gala are available from Ticketmaster now.