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Holy Week and Easter events

043   5th November 2017 - Salisbury Cathedral - Photo by Ash Mills
Posted By : Marie Thomas Tuesday 20th February 2018

The Holy Week and Easter period is one of the busiest and most important times in the church year, with over thirty services and events taking place over the seven days from Palm Sunday (25 March) to Easter Day (Sunday 1 April). Click below for details of Holy week services.

PDF icon Holy Week 2018.pdf


This year’s Choral Foundation concert during Holy Week features The Crucifixion by the Victorian composer John Stainer.

The Crucifixion, a Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer was written by Stainer in 1887, a year before he left his position as organist at St Paul’s Cathedral. It is scored for choir and organ, with solos for tenor and bass and includes five hymns, some of which have become well-known in their own right. It will be performed on Wednesday 28 March at 19.30 in the Cathedral by Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir and the St John Singers.

The programme, which also includes John Sanders’ The Reproaches and Marcel Dupré’s Crucifixion from Symphonie-Passion Op. 23 will be conducted by Stephen Abbott and David HallsJohn Challenger plays the organ.  

Tickets are £15 and are available online via the Cathedral websitehere, via Salisbury Playhouse on 01722 320333 or on the door on the night.


Holy Week and Easter is also the period during which the Cathedral peregrines set up their nest and produce their eggs. Once again this year there will be peregrine cameras placed near the nest box so that visitors can watch unfolding events on the Cloister screen and a monitor at the base of the Spire, or watch streamed footage on the Cathedral website.


Just ahead of Holy Week the Cathedral is also launching A New Dawna series of themed events across the year marking the end of World War 1 and the changes in British Society that came about indirectly or directly as a result of that war. On Tuesday 20 March between 09.30 and 12.00 children from nurseries and pre-schools across Salisbury will come together to sing 'Morning has Broken' in the Cathedral. 

The nursery-sing-a-long will mark a year of services, concerts, interactive events, films and exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice and the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as celebrating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote.  
At the centre of these events and celebrations will be the installation of Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes in May, an installation comprising 2,000 white origami doves suspended from the nave ceiling. There will also be a performance of Britten’s War Requiem on 10 November.


March and April also see new offers for visitors and local community alike:  

new children’s trail comes out on Sunday, 1 AprilInto Your Hands is available from the Front Desk from Sunday 1 April until 15 April. 

For the crafty minded there is a Baby Sheep Workshop in the Trinity Chapel on Saturday 17 March from 10.00-11.45. The workshop will be led by Isobel Smith, the puppeteer responsible for the giant puppets used in the Family service. This year Isobel will be creating huge sheep and giant shepherd puppets, ready for the 2018 Family service at Christmas. They will join the current ‘cast’ of puppets – Mary, Angel Gabriel and the three Kings.

There are also Blooming Bunting! creative workshops on Wednesday 4 and 11 April from 10.00-12.00 or 13.00-15.00 in the North Transept.

On  Monday 16 April the Library and Archive team will share details of their three-year project to catalogue and clean books in the collection in Beyond the Library Door: Sharing Books and Bindings, a one-off event taking place in the Cathedral’s North Transept at 11:00. This will be followed by a Library Open Afternoon on Monday 16 April and  Thursday 19  April.

Download our key services information for Holy Week below or click here for full service and event listings.

Holy Week 2018.pdf

For any further information contact Marie Thomas on 01722 555148