Cathedral bells to ring out in Roaring Chorus on Armistice Day

On the 11th of November, the world is celebrating 100 years since the end of the Great War.  You can read more about how to get involved on Movement Online here.

At Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, a full programme is planned to commemorate the occasion.  All are welcome, here is what the Cathedral team have planned:

  • A Service of Remembrance and Commitment to Peace
  • Sunday November 11th, 10am-11.20am
  • Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, corner of Molesworth and Hill Streets, Thorndon, Wellington.
  • Starting at 10am – with readings, prayers and music for Armistice Day, sung by the Cathedral Choir.
  • Pausing at 10.50am for the 100 gun salute, two minutes silence and joining the Roaring Chorus with a celebratory quarter peal by the Cathedral bell ringers.
  • Music by Henry Walford Davies – his Short Requiem, written in 1915, John Tavener’s Exhortation for Double Choir to Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ and the newly written Hymn of Peace by Ally Barrett.
  • Preacher: The Dean, the Very Reverend David Rowe.

This is to echo the thanksgiving and jubilation that erupted across Aotearoa as word of the Armistice reached our shores 100 years ago. The Evening Post described the scene in Wellington: “There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings—a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.” Similar noisy outpourings of joy and relief were reported across the country.

Please bring bells, horns, drums, whistles, sirens, and your best voices as we aim to recapture this moment, and the bell ringers do their bit.

Is your parish commemorating Armistice Day?  We’d love to hear what you’ve got planned.  Alternatively, be sure to tell us how it went afterwards, and send lots of photos!  You could even video the moment of the Roaring Chorus and post it to Facebook for all to share.  Email us your stories on duncan@wn.ang.org.nz.