Solidarity for Ukraine – St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is bringing together local musicians and choirs to play, sing, stand in witness and raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Ukraine.

The Evening of Solidarity will offer music poetry and prayers for peace when it takes place next Wednesday 9 March at 6.30pm

Joining members of the Cathedral Choirs will be Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra, Bury Bach Choir and the Connaught Brass at Britten Pears Arts, Snape Maltingswith music by Benjamin Brittan, Debussy and chorales from J.S. Bach’s St John Passion.

The Dean, Joe Hawes, said:

“Amid the horror and helplessness we feel as we watch war unfolding in the invasion of Ukraine, there are some responses which are possible; we can stand in solidarity, we can pray and we help in practical ways. 

Next Wednesday’s Vigil for Ukraine will bring together musicians and choirs from around the county to play, sing, stand in witness and raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal for Ukraine. 

Everyone is welcome to join us in prayer and witness to our longing for peace and our rejection of the invasion, he added.

A collection will follow the service and donations will be made through the Disasters Emergency Committee.

The Lord Lieutenant and The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich will be in attendance. 

Throughout Lent, Evensongs on Thursdays will focus on the ongoing crisis in Europe and include special prayers for peace.

There is a dedicated area in the Cathedral for those who wish to light a candle for Ukraine.