News: Poppy Fields

5 and 6 October 2018, from 6.30pm

A stunning projection of poppies will fill Guildford Cathedral for two nights only, as part of a unique light and sound installation to commemorate the World War One Centenary.

The Cathedral will open after dark to anyone wishing to contemplate and reflect on the history of World War One. Poppy Fields will provide people with a sensory experience of light, music, art and poetry enabling reflection and contemplation and an opportunity to remember those who have served, both in the First World War and any other conflict.

Created by Peter Walker, Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral and Luxmuralis, the installation will feature projections inside Guildford Cathedral, including names of soldiers who have served in the armed forces and falling rose petals which will be projected at the east end. A beautiful sound artwork composed by David Harper, accompanies the installation and includes four readings of World War One poems by Oscar Winning actor, Eddie Redmayne.

Tickets are £5 and £2.50 for accompanied under 16’s. Available from:

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Guildford Cathedral Remembers

Poppy Fields is the start of the program of events taking place at Guildford Cathedral to commemorate WW1. This will include schools workshops, a family event, the lighting of the outside of the Cathedral with falling poppies and other local and national Remembrance Day commemorations taking place in November. The Cathedral is delighted to be working with Guildford Diocese, Surrey County Council, The Surrey Lieutenancy, Guildford Borough Council and The Royal British Legion on these events. Further details will be released in due course.


Luxmuralis is the collaborative team behind the Poppy Field installation. Together Peter Walker and David Harper create works across multiple media and presentation formats. Luxmuralis work internationally in the development of large scale sound and light artworks. The primary purpose of Luxmuralis is to take art onto the streets and provide access to visual artwork in public as well as unexpected places.

Peter Walker

Peter Walker is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director at Lichfield Cathedral. He is an internationally renowned sculptor and artist. Peter is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is curating a series of major art projects at Lichfield Cathedral over the coming years.

David Harper MSc

David is a Composer and Sound Artist. The music he writes and produces has been used for BBC and Channel 4 TV productions as well as for national theatre productions and film. David also creates sound art installations, which combines his musical composition with video and film and are frequently exhibited at art events, museums and in public spaces throughout the UK.

Lichfield Cathedral

The Poppy Field light and sound installation is taking place in partnership with Lichfield Cathedral, where Peter Walker is Artist in residence. 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. 

Added Monday 6th August 2018