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Crimson Glory

Crimson Glory
Start Date: 4 November 2018
Start Time: 6pm
End Date: 4 November 2018
End Time: 8.45pm

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds

On Sunday 4 November 2018, St Edmundsbury Cathedral presents a unique event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. 

Crimson Glory tells the story of a young Suffolk soldier in the Great War, through music, drama, dance, art and video.  It depicts the soldier’s journey from his life on a farm to the horrors of the Somme battlefields, exploring his questions about Christian faith in the face of war.

The production will involve some 350 performers, bringing together the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir, the Cantus Firmus Choir, (drawn from churches across Suffolk), Ex Silentio Choir from King Edward VI School, and a massed children’s choir from schools in the Bury Schools Partnership. The choirs will be accompanied by a full orchestra and the cathedral organ. 

The principal characters will be played by sixth form drama students from King Edwards VI School, with additional drama and movement from the other schools involved.  The performance will include a new piece for organ and dance, being composed by the cathedral’s organ scholar Thomas Hawkes.

There will be an inter-school art exhibition in the cathedral cloisters in the weeks leading up to the performance.

The music is wide-ranging, including movements from John Rutter’s Requiem, works by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth (who was killed in the Great War), Mendelssohn, Elgar, John Bell, and First World War popular songs, such as Pack Up Your Troubles and Sister Susie Sewing Shirts for Soldiers, as well as newly-composed music.

The project is being led by Richard Hubbard, who is the cathedral’s Music Development Director, working in partnership with Cantus Firmus Trust, and Woodbridge-based script-writer Neil Clayton. Tickets are available through The Apex. 

Production has been made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, Birketts. Bury St Edmunds Town Council, St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Glasswells and individual donations. 

Tickets: £15, £10, £5 (child concessions & family tickets also available). Tickets can be purchased at the website above.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Why not visit the Bury St Edmunds WWI Trail ahead of the performance?  A stunning and poignant art trail that marks the centenary of the end of WWI takes place in Bury St Edmunds until November 11 featuring 18 pieces of artwork by local artists in prime town centre sites.

The stories behind the pieces tell of the grim reality of war and of life in England during WWI and serve both to engage and educate as well as take visitors around historic Bury St Edmunds.

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