St Albans Cathedral to be filled with poppies to commemorate the end of WW1 NEWS

St Albans Cathedral to be filled with poppies to commemorate the end of WW1

St Albans Cathedral to open after dark for a very special light and sound installation commemorating the end of the First World War.

A stunning projection of poppies will fill the Nave of St Albans Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary later this year.

On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October the Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Entry will be free and will provide people with an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

Created by Peter Walker, Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral, the installation will feature projections specially tailored to St Albans Cathedral, including names of local soldiers who have served in the armed forces and falling rose petals which will be projected over the Shrine of Alban, Britains First Saint. A beautiful sound artwork composed by David Harper, accompanies the installation and includes four readings of World War One poems by Oscar Winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

Peter Walker said: Art in its many forms allows us to individually and collectively experience and share emotive moments. 100 years on from the end of WW1, Poppy Field is an opportunity to become immersed in sound and light and truly reflect and focus our thoughts. We are delighted to bring this installation to St Albans Cathedral, and look forward to welcoming everyone to experience the Cathedral seen in a new way.

The Dean of St Albans Cathedral said: The Cathedral is an appropriate place to remember, and like Albans red rose, the poppies recall both the beauty and the blood of martyrdom. At the centenary of the close of the Great War, it is a powerful way to offer sorrow and thanks for the past and continuing self-sacrifice of so many for the sake of their fellow human beings.

Poppy Field will be on display in St Albans Cathedral on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th October from 7.30pm until 11pm. Entry is free.

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