Date: Saturday 22 October 2022

Time: 7.30pm


Hertfordshire Chorus

London Orchestra da Camera

David Temple, Conductor

Nirmala Rajasekar, veena

Tanjore Murugaboopathi, mridanga

Osama Kiwan, Muezzin

Ana Beard Fernández, Soprano 

In the historic setting of St Albans Cathedral, we are pleased to present two compelling choral works urging us to look towards a better and more peaceful future.

The Armed Man

Subtitled a ‘Mass for Peace’, this well-known modern choral classic was composed by Karl Jenkins for the Royal Armouries Museum’s Millennium celebrations and was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Loved by both audiences and choirs, this powerful work has a deep emotional impact. Charting the growing menace of a descent into war, and interspersed with moments of reflection, it shows the horrors that war brings and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium.


In the year of the 75th anniversary of Indian independence we are performing this stunning world premiere, which uses texts from Sarojini Naidu’s poetry to celebrate her legacy; her political contributions, artistic prowess, advocacy of women’s rights and her impact on India’s fight to be free from British rule along with her hope for a better future.

Composer Shruthi Rajasekar was named a “Rising Star” by the BBC Music Magazine in 2020 and chosen by The Guardian as a composer “who will enrich your life”. She specialises in music that draws from her unique background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical styles. Performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, Shruthi’s music has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners. 

We are delighted to be able to perform Shruthi’s exciting new work with two of the greatest living exponents of Carnatic music, Nirmala Rajasekar on veena and Tanjore Murugaboopathi on mridanga.



Premium £30 - Centre front with full view

Classic £24 - Centre middle with full view 

Standard plus £19 - Centre back with full view

Standard £10 - Centre back with full view  

No view £10 - Mainly located in the aisles or behind pillars. These seats have no view of the stage.

No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.


Children under 18 - £5

Students with ID - £5

Companions of wheelchair uses, £5


Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.