St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
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interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
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For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
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Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
Remembering Choristers of St Paul's who died in the Great War
Relatives of Choristers of St Paul’s who died on active service in the First World War will come to St Paul's in May 2017 to remember
and pay tribute to those men.
Special prayers will also be offered at the service of Choral Evensong on Sunday 14 May at 3.15pm.
The date of the service coincides with the centenary of the death of Captain John Pritchard of the Honourable Artillery Company, who was
killed at the Battle of Bullecourt in Picardy, France, on 15 May 1917, but whose body was only discovered in 2013 in the exact place he had fallen.
Captain Pritchard's family will be at the service and a small exhibition of his effects together with photographs and other memorabilia will
then go on display by the Choristers' War Memorial in the North Quire Aisle of the Cathedral.
To mark this very poignant occasion for the Cathedral, a specially-composed anthem by Sam Bordoli - The Great Silence - will be
performed by the Cathedral Choir at the service. The work sets words by war poet Ivor Gurney to music in a striking and moving work which includes
the singing by the current Choristers of the names of those of their predecessors who stood in the same choir stalls more than a century before.
At the end of the service, the Cathedral Choir will gather at the Choristers' War Memorial to sing a setting by Hubert Parry of Alfred
Tennyson’s famous poem 'Crossing the Bar', the tune of which John Pritchard played to his sister on the piano before he went away to the Front. She
would never see her brother again.
The Reverend Canon Michael Hampel, Precentor of St Paul's, said: "The moving sound of our current Choristers remembering their forebears
re-emphasises the power of music to speak the language of the soul when everything else seems inadequate."
Are you related to any of the St Paul’s Choristers who died in the First World War and would you like to attend the
You might also like to contribute any information you have about your relative to The Great Silence Project - www.thegreatsilence.co.uk
James Francis Basil Adkins
Hugh Reginald Bell
Laurence Percy Bevan
Walter Victor Manatach Broad
Brian Penry Bernard Calkin
Gerald Charles N Cooke
Dudley Charles Copland
Norman Eustace Sassoon Croager
Harold Arthur Croxford
Charles William Day
Frank Diederick Holm
Richard Gilbert Trevor Meade
Leigh Morphew Nixon
Ernest George Pennington
John Harold Pritchard
Arthur Cyril Pullen-Burry
Harold Walter Root
Julius Brinkley Shaw
Edgar Morell Theobald
Charles Frederick Wells Wait
Edward George Bruce Watt