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Central Foundation choir as part of the Centenary Chorus in front of the Royal Albert Hall before the event

Over the weekend, the Central Foundation Boys’ School choir had the honour and privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in front of a sold out audience to honour the centenary of the First World War.

On Sunday afternoon 600 secondary school students from England, Germany, Belgium and France came together to form the Centenary Chorus, with Central Foundation Boys’ School being the only representative of London. The choir opened the show before a number of instrumental pieces were played by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra before an interval.

After the interval, the Philharmonic and Centenary Chorus performed the signature piece of the day – Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass For Piece. The 70 minute long piece of music, which prominently featured the school choir, brings together elements of the Catholic Mass, the Islamic Call To Prayer and lyrics from a number of poems and excerpts. The historic venue, which hosts the BBC Proms every year, gave the performance added gravitas.

The Centenary Chorus is due to return to the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, to mark a century since the Armistice, to perform a specially commissioned work from Bob Chilcott.

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