Sunday 4 November 2018
and many kind donations from individuals
A truly Suffolk production
The project was 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 were supported by staff from Bury Schools Partnership, and a team of local audio-visual experts.
in paertnership with
• 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
Combining great choral music with First World War music hall songs
The music was wide-ranging, including movements from John Rutter’s Requiem, works by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth (who was killed in the Great War), Mendelssohn, 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 by Richard Hubbard.
I was bowled over by the scale of it."
Crimson Glory was a unique event to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War. It told the story of a young Suffolk soldier in the war, through music, drama, dance, art and video, depicting his journey from his life on a farm to the horrors of the Somme battlefields, and exploring his questions about Christian faith in the face of war.
"I was deeply moved by the whole experience."
"The outstanding quality of the production, the large number of churches, schools and community groups involved and the power of the message made it an unforgettable evening."
An inter-school art exhibition on the Crismon Glory theme ran for three weeks in the cathedral cloisters.
"The audience were spellbound."
Image courtesy of Bury Free Press
"A truly remarkable production."