Chelmsford Cathedral
Remembrance Commemorations

Chelmsford Cathedral is hosting a series of free events, in conjunction with the city, to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One on 11 November. 

Saturday 10 November 2018 7.30pm

Chelmsford Singers and Chelmsford cathedral Choirs Remembrance Concert

together with local orchestra Chelmsford Sinfonietta.  Including music from John Ireland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Michael Leighton Jones and Herbert Howells.

Tickets ( from £10), available from, tel: 0333 6663366 or the Cathedral bookstall


Sunday 11 November

The Cathedral will be open throughout Remembrance Sunday and hosting the following events:


Join us for a moving performance of ‘Battle’s Over’ by local piper Jonathan Swan 100 years to the hour when the armistice that brought World War One to a close was signed. Jonathan will climb to the top of the Cathedral tower to play the traditional Scottish lament simultaneously with 1,000 pipers across the country. The Cathedral will then be open afterwards for a short service and refreshments. 

Just before 11am

The Cathedral choirs will join people from across the city for a short act of remembrance at the war memorial in Duke Street before leading a service on the steps of the Shire Hall at 11.30am.  The Cathedral will again be open afterwards for refreshments. 


Along with 1,000 Cathedrals and Churches across the country, the bells will ring out for peace with a special peal attempt.


Come along to a free film screening of ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’; a realistic and harrowing account of warfare in World War One.  It was the first film to win Academy Awards for Outstanding Production and Best Director. 

You will also be able to add a poppy to our River of Remembrance, a dramatic art installation at the Cathedral commemorating all those who lost their lives in World War One.  You can let us know who you are placing your poppy in memory of by sharing your pictures with us on social media and using the hashtag #RiverOfRemembrance. If you’d like to know more about the River of Remembrance, there’s extra information on our website.

‘It is an honour to be able to remember the sacrifice made by so many both in World War One and in wars since and the Cathedral is pleased to be able to join with the city to be part of the commemorations’, says Communications Manager Clare Broome.


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We will be using the hashtag #ChelmsfordCathedralCommemorates in our social conversations about this event.

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