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Cathedral marks centenary of the end of World War One

Where: Gloucester Cathedral

When: Wednesday, October 17 to Sunday, November 24

Gloucester Cathedral has announced a programme of services and events to mark Armistice 2018 and the centenary of the end of World War One.

The commemorations began yesterday (Wednesday) with the installation of "Poppyfall", GCHQ's giant waterfall of handmade poppies.

They will end on Saturday, November 24, when Gloucester Cathedral Choir will perform the world premiere of Ian King's setting of Carol Ann Duffy's poem "The Christmas Truce."

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: "Remembrance is something deeply rooted in our souls. It recalls both the horror of war, and the sacrifice of those whose names we honour.."

Everyone is invited to attend any of the commemorative services and events listed below. You are welcome to spend as little or as much time as you wish, light a candle, sit in quiet reflection or just be here, the Cathedral doors are open.

Full list of commemorative services and events details and ticket information:

GCHQ "Poppyfall"

Wednesday 17 October - Monday 26 November

GCHQ's giant waterfall of handmade poppies will be on display in the Lady Chapel as part of the WW1 Commemoration. The "poppyfall" was created by GCHQ staff and friends to launch the Royal British Legion's Gloucestershire 2016 Poppy Appeal. It was originally on display at the intelligence agency's Cheltenham HQ.

Requiem Eucharist

Friday 2 November 5.30pm

A service to remember all those who have died. Anyone is welcome to provide a name to be read aloud in prayer. 

Cathedral Tower will be lit red for Remembrance

Monday 5 November to Friday 16 November

The Tower of Gloucester Cathedral will glow red each night as a sign of Remembrance.

Tommy Atkins and the Canary Girl

Theatre performance by Spaniel in the Works Theatre Co

Thursday 8 November 2.00pm and 7.00pm

Based on archive records, "Tommy Atkins and The Canary Girl" focuses on the lives and experiences of workers at the Gloucester munitions factory and local soldiers during the First World War. See Cathedral website for ticket details.

Remembering the Gloucestershire Fallen

Friday 9 November 7.30am - 2.00pm and 4.30pm - 7pm In the Lady Chapel

Members of the clergy and parish representatives will read the names of local people who gave their lives during World War One.

Almost 8,000 names have been gathered from war memorials across the county and each one will be read out individually. All are welcome to come and sit for a time of reflection throughout the day until all the names have been read out.

By Severn and Somme: Johnny Coppin and the Gloucestershire War Poets

Friday 9 November 8pm - 10pm

Well-loved local folk singer-songwriter Johnny Coppin and his band perform Johnny's beautiful settings of the Gloucestershire war poets, from F. W. Harvey through to Ivor Gurney. The Cheltenham Youth Choir will also perform some of the songs that Johnny has set for them. See Cathedral website for ticket details.

Gloucester Choral Society - Remembrance Concert. The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace - Karl Jenkins

This is a 'Come and Sing' event which coincides with Gloucester Cathedral's commemoration of the end of the First World War.

Gloucester Choral Society will stage a concert centred on Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, one of the most-performed works of our time.

The work will be accompanied by a specially created film, to be shown on a large screen in the nave. The film was designed to enhance Jenkins' haunting score through thought-provoking visual poignancy. This event has sold out.

Battle's O'er - A Nation's Tribute

Sunday 11 November 6am

A Lone Piper will be outside the Cathedral to commence this National Day of Commemoration with a traditional Scottish lament played at the end of battle - Battle's O'er.

Remembrance Day Eucharist

Sunday 11 November 10.15am

All are welcome to attend as we remember those who gave their lives in conflict

All Clear! A Choral Concert for Armistice

Saturday 17 November 7.30pm - 9pm

The Saint Cecilia Singers, conducted by Jonathan Hope, perform a selection of choral works and popular songs from the WWI era, to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. See Cathedral website for ticket details.

The Christmas Truce

Saturday 24 November 5pm - 6pm

In the Quire of Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral Choir; Conductor: Adrian Partington; Organ: Jonathan Hope; Ian King - The Christmas Truce; Gabriel Fauré - Requiem

Gloucester Cathedral Choir performs the world premiere of Ian King's setting of Carol Ann Duffy's poem The Christmas Truce. This wonderful work tells the story of the unofficial ceasefire on Christmas Day 1914 on the Western Front. Paired with this is Fauré's beautiful setting of the Requiem Mass - a perfect opportunity for reflection as the world commemorates the centenary of the Armistice.

See Cathedral website for ticket details and full details of all the commemorative events.

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