Enriching Christian worship through music and the arts

Sunday 14 April 2019

St Edmundsbury Cathedral


Service starts at 5.30pm

What is Palms and Thorns?

It's a reflective service for the start of Holy Week. The service uses music and dramatised readings to consider the journey Jesus made from Palm Sunday (his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where people waved palm branches to welcome him) to Good Friday (his crucifixion, wearing a crown of thorns). How and why did palms becomes thorns?

The service uses a wide range of music from the 16th century to the present day - including extracts from Handel's Messiah, music from the Iona Community, hymns old and new, and contemporary choral pieces.

Is admission free?

Yes, there is no charge to be in the congregation, though, as with most church services, an offering will be taken to help cover costs.

Palms and Thorns


Sing in the choir

We are recruiting up to 50 singers for this event, mainly from the Bury St Edmunds area.

Cantus Firmus Choir is a friendly bunch of singers, mainly from local churches (representing several denominations). There is no formal audition, though newcomers are asked to stay for a quick voice check after the first rehearsal attended.

Rehearsals include a short devotional slot focussing on an aspect of the service or event we are preparing for.


Singers are asked to attend seven rehearsals where possible, or not fewer thah five.

BURY rehearsals, at the cathedral

Fri 15 February, 7.30 - 9.45pm - Edmund Room

Tue 26 February, 7.30 - 9.45pm - Edmund Room

Sun 10 March, 2.45 - 5.00pm - Edmund Room

Sat 16 March, 10.00am - 12.15pm - Edmund Room

Tue 26 March, 7.30 - 9.45pm - Cathedral

IPSWICH rehearsals, at St Johns, Cauldwell Hall Road

Sun 17 February, 3.00 - 5.15pm

Mon 25 February, 7.30 - 9.45pm

Sat 9 March, 10.00am - 12.15pm

Fri 15 March, 7.30 - 9.45pm

Sun 24 March, 3.00 - 5.15pm

JOINT rehearsals, at the cathedral

Fri 5 April, 7.30 - 9.45pm  - Edmund Room

Thu 11 April, 7.30 - 9.45pm (IMPORTANT) - Edmund Room/Cathedral


Sunday 14 April: rehearsal 2pm, service 5.30pm

Is there a cost to sing in the choir?

We invite each singer to make a donation to help cover the costs of putting on events. For Palms and Thorn the suggested amount is £28 (equivalent to just £3.50 per rehearsal), though you may donate more or less.

How to register to sing

Because of space in the cathedral, we are limited to just 50 singers. Registration will be open until 31 January. We will contact you on 1 February to confirm whether you have a place. You can register to apply for a place HERE.