Shortly after its release, Karl Jenkin's Requiem [a mass for the souls of the dead] went to the top of the classical charts. The driving Dies Irae with its 'hip-hop' percussion beat provides the soundtrack to the current Lynx commercial. The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace is the result of a special millennial commission from the Royal Armouries and the latest in a six century old tradition of "Armed Man" masses that take the fifteenth century French song "L'Homme Armé" as their starting point.
Performers participating in Requiem are from the United Kingdom and United States. Performers participating in The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace are from Australia, Republic of South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.