World War One Centenary: Commemorative Services and Events

World War One Centenary:
Commemorative Services and Events

November 2018

Everyone is warmly welcome to join us at any or all of our commemorative services and events marking the Centenary of World War One and remembering all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


   We will remember them.....


GCHQ “Poppyfall”

Until 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 and is a testament to their continued support for the military and the Legion.  GCHQ was originally formed to support the military and it is still an important part of their mission as they head towards their Centenary in 2019.

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. The powerful, emotional and sometimes funny performance looks at the hardships endured by soldiers in the trenches and the largely untold story of the changes to the lives of the women at home in “blighty”.

Performance lasts one hour, refreshments available to purchase. Suitable for children age 10+. Tickets £7 Adult, £5 Concession, £3 Children available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, 01452 768928 or online


Remembering the Gloucestershire Fallen

Friday 9 November 7.30am - 2.00pm and 4.30pm - 7.00pm

In the Lady Chapel
On Friday 9 November, Gloucester Cathedral will pay tribute to Gloucestershire’s fallen to mark the Armistice. 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.

Prayers will also be said for those who gave their lives during the conflict but did not have their names recorded.


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

Friday 9 November 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Johnny Coppin
Cheltenham Youth Choir
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.

Tickets £16 - £5 (students and under 18s) available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, 01452 768928 or online


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

Saturday 10 November 6.00pm

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.

Singer Tickets: £30, Audience Tickets: Seated £12 (£5 for students and under 18), extra floor space will be available in the side aisles with restricted view – bring a blanket or cushion! Further details and booking at or from the Three Choirs Box Office 01452 768928

Battle’s O’er - A Nation's Tribute

Sunday 11 November 6.00am

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 - 9.00pm

Saint Cecilia Singers
Conductor: Jonathan Hope

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.

Tickets £15 (students and under 18s free) available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, 01452 768928 or online


The Christmas Truce

Saturday 24 November 5.00pm - 6.00pm

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.

Tickets £20/5 (students and under 18s free) available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, 01452 768928 or online