When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio



Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WWI Armistice, When There Is Peace is a bold reflection on the time when guns fell silent and hope bloomed once more.

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When There Is Peace: An Armistice Oratorio by rising star and Chor Leoni Composer-in-Residence Zachary Wadsworth is Chor Leoni’s first recording since winning the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from the professional organisation, Chorus America.

Told in the words of Great War-era poets and the found writings of infantrymen in the trenches, When There Is Peace draws the listener in to experience the journey from war through that tenuous moment when word of the Armistice first broke, and finally to the delirious ecstasy when the guns fell silent, and hope bloomed again.

Joining Chor Leoni to tell this compelling story are the renowned Borealis String Quartet, noted Canadian tenor Lawrence Wiliford, soprano Arwen Myers, and percussionists Martin Fisk and Robin Reid.

When There Is Peace marks the first work for Chor Leoni by Zachary Wadsworth. Premiered on the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, When There Is Peace was recorded live at Vancouver’s St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church and broadcast across Canada by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on Remembrance Day, 2018.

Track List

  1. Marching Men
  2. Night in the Trenches
  3. Evening Songs
  4. Over the Top
  5. Among the Dead
  6. Soft Rains
  7. Armistice
  8. In Flanders Fields
  9. To the End


Catalogue number

CLR1901, released 2019

Produced by

Erick Lichte

Recording Engineer

Brian Chan

Session producer

Grant Rowledge


live November 10 & 11 at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church, Vancouver, Canada on the centenary of the Armistice of World War I.

Special thanks

to CBC Music for their support of this recording.