Armistice 2018 – Liverpool’s Great George Will Ring

08th November 2018

Great George will ring out for Remembrance Sunday

Liverpool’s Great George bell will ring over the city on Remembrance Sunday as part of Liverpool Cathedral’s response to the Armistice Centenary and the nationwide bellringing initiative.

Remembrance Sunday’s events will begin at 6am outside Liverpool Cathedral with a lone piper playing the ‘Battle’s Over’ to mark the exact time the Armistice was signed in 1918.

More Remembrance events here.

A 6ft ‘Tommy’ silhouette can be found outside the Cathedral entrance as part of the There But Not There campaign by the charity Remembered.

As part of the national commemoration, Great George will be struck at 12:30 pm and starting at 4:00 pm there will be a quarter peal on eight bells with the muffles removed.

Over 300 school children from across the Diocese of Liverpool have attended Remembrance workshops at the Cathedral. Run by the Cathedral’s education team, children have gained an understanding of what war was like and why so many people paid the ultimate sacrifice.

During the workshops, they ‘met’ Noel Chavasse, son of the Bishop of Liverpool, who was awarded two Victoria Crosses and interviewed a current serving member of the armed forces.

Each workshop included a time of reflection in the Lady Chapel and the children made handmade poppies on a cross.

Fifteen of Liverpool Cathedral boy choristers visited Hannover to sing alongside the Knabenchor Hannover (Hannover Boys’ Choir) on 3rd November, the Requiem by Benjamin Britten with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.

The boys from both choirs took part in an educational project when they interviewed their grandparents about their memories and experiences of war.

On the eve of the Armistice, Saturday 10th November, Liverpool Cathedral Choristers and the Knabenchor Hannover will perform as part of the Britten War Requiem concert.

Before the 10:30 am Choral Eucharist for Remembrance Sunday, the Cathedral Bells will be rung half-muffled. For the service, both boys’ choirs will be joined by Liverpool Cathedral Girls’ Choir in singing pieces in both German and English.

At 11:00 am Canon Myles Davies (Vice Dean and Precentor) will lead a two-minute silence.

And as part of the national commemoration, Liverpool Cathedral’s biggest bell, Great George will be struck at 12:30 pm and starting at 4:00 pm there will be a quarter peal on eight bells with the muffles removed.

Please note on Sunday 11th November the Tower will be opening one hour later at 1:00 pm due to Great George being rung for Remembrance Sunday.