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As a record of a historically and emotionally significant performance, this film is spectacular. A choir of 2,000 representing nearly 30 nations joined the World Orchestra for Peace in the vast Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin, in November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the end of the first world war. Behind the massed ranks of white-clad singers, a specially- commissioned compilation of images from modern warfare provides a searing backdrop, whether it is Hitler’s troops goose-stepping through Germany, race riots in America, or harrowing shots of the destruction of the Twin Towers on 11 September 2001 accompanied by anguished screams from the chorus. But the sparseness of Jenkins’s writing exposes some weak tuning from the choir; and while having the composer himself on the podium may ensure that The Armed Man comes across as he intended, for me it needs a more dynamic conductor to bring it to life.

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