Titanic tales will come to life at cathedral

Published: 12 March 2018 at 13:00

Chelmsford Cathedral

Concert marks the start of exciting new collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University

A performance of two emotive pieces by distinguished composer Gavin Bryars will take place at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday, 18 March as part of a collaboration with Anglia Ruskin University.

Anglia Sinfonia and Anglia Contemporary Theatre will present the highly unusual and emotive pieces The Sinking of the Titanic and Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet in one evening in a unique event for Chelmsford.

The Sinking of the Titanic is made up from accounts of the music played as the ill-fated ship sank beneath the Atlantic in 1912, weaved together with accounts from some of the survivors.

Audience members will have the opportunity of moving around the cathedral as the piece unfolds, experiencing different aspects as they come into contact with groups of players. Actors will also portray some of the events on the Titanic, the whole experience being designed to give an impression of the fateful moment when the ship sank, and the music played on.

After the interval, the performers will play Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet, based on a recording of a homeless man singing Bryars captured in 1971 for a documentary about people living rough in London. The beautiful sound of the un-named singer is accompanied by an ever-changing cloak of orchestral sound in an understated testimony to his spirit and optimism.

Paul Jackson, Director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with Chelmsford Cathedral on this powerful and compelling project, and hopefully there will be many more in the future.

“Anglia Ruskin, as part of the fabric of Chelmsford, is committed to contributing to the city’s arts and culture scene and I look forward to welcoming people along to enjoy the show.”


The concert begins at 5pm on Sunday, 18 March. Tickets are free, but booking is recommended online or by calling 01223 352932. A retiring collection for local organisations supporting work with the homeless will be held.