Sunday 4 November 2018, 6pm

Crimson Glory is a unique event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. It 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.

350 performers

Cantus Firmus Choir and Orchestra

Bury Schools Partnership Choir

St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choir

Ex Silentio Choir (King Edward VI School)

Drama (King Edward VI School)

Choreography with newly-composed organ music


Art exhibition

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

Combining great choral music with First World War music hall songs

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.

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and many kind donations from individuals

A truly Suffolk production

The project is being directed by Richard Hubbard, who is the cathedral’s Music Development Director, working in partnership with Suffolk and Essex-based Cantus Firmus Trust, and Woodbridge-based script-writer Neil Clayton.

They are supported by staff from Bury Schools Partnership, and a team of local audio-visual experts.


Want to sing in the choir?

We have over 100 singers from 53 churches. There are just a few places left.

More details here