Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne teams up with Lichfield Cathedral

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 13:33

Lichfield Cathedral is teaming up with Oscar-winning actor, Eddie Redmayne, to work on a special project this summer, in commemoration of the Battle of the Somme.

Eddie Redmayne OBE is a critically acclaimed actor best known for his roles in films such as ‘Les Miserables’, ‘The Danish Girl’, and  ‘The Theory of Everything’, for which he won the Academy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actor.

The Cathedral’s Artist in Residence, Peter Walker, has been working closely with the star to bring Lichfield a unique exhibition which will take place from 4th-6th August, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. This commemoration will transform the inside of the Cathedral into a thought-provoking, emotive and poignant landscape, symbolising the journey taken by soldiers to the front, using the  words of war poets,  visual arts, light and sound.

Eddie visited the Cathedral earlier this week to record a selection of well-known war poetry, which will form part of the exhibition. Visitors will be able to visit the Cathedral during the commemoration to see this incredibly moving piece performed by the exceptionally talented actor.

Part of the exhibition will also involve stunning light projections by Peter Walker, and beautifully composed music by David Harper, who together collaborate under the name ‘Luxmuralis’.

Peter Walker says: “Eddie has created a series of four remarkably moving recitations of war poems for the installation this summer. He was very generous in donating his time, and his support of the Artist in Residence program has been wonderful. We hope everyone will come along and enjoy these recordings in August.”

Jason Dyer, Development Director at Lichfield Cathedral, adds: ’Within the Cathedral there are Books of Remembrance that record all those who sacrificed their lives from our region in the Great War.  We hope this very special commemoration event for the Battle of the Somme will provide a poignant, respectful and moving way in which all visitors can remember those who lost their lives during this tragic time.”

More information about the Cathedral’s commemoration will be available soon.


Notes to Editor

For further information please contact Abby Sweeting (Marketing Officer) at abby.sweeting@lichfield-cathedral.org or on 01543 306121.

Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral is the only medieval three-spired Cathedral in the UK, and is a treasured landmark in the heart of England. It is one of the oldest places of Christian worship, and the burial place of the great Anglo-Saxon missionary Bishop, St Chad. 

Peter Walker, Artist in Residence

Peter Walker is the Cathedral’s Artist in Residence. Peter Walker is the Cathedral's Artist in Residence. He is orginally from Lichfield, and is an internationally renowned sculptor and artist. Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. Producing sculptures, paintings, drawings, installation pieces, as well as Son-et-Lumiere, his extensive creative ability has led him to produce over 15 public statues located around the country and have works in private and public collections worldwide. 

Cathedral Treasures

Lichfield Cathedral is home to the St Chad Gospels and the Lichfield Angel. The St Chad Gospels, an illuminated Anglo Saxon gospel book which dates from about 730 (that is, about 50 years older than the famous Book of Kells). Discovered in 2003 the Lichfield Angel is a remarkable survival of Saxon sculpture. The carved limestone corner-piece, which is dated to around 800 A.D., comprises three separate fragments which are thought to have formed part of a tomb chest, presumably that of St Chad (d.672).