Over 100 singers from 5 local Wiltshire choirs came together in Downton Baptist Church to kick off rehearsals with artist Richard McLester. Huge thank you to Kate Edgar and her work in making this happen…
If you’d like to join one of Kate’s choirs and take part in this journey, do visit her website: www.kateedgarmusic.com and get in contact!
On Tuesday 14th August artist Richard Mclester performed Songs of The Light at Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood. The performance was a preview of the concert coming to Salisbury Cathedral this Christmas.
Katie: “This performance really gripped me and inspired me. I really liked the videos and thought that the songs were written amazingly.” Eve: “Good to encourage people to talk about their hurt.” Sue: “Very professional and enjoyable. Will be amazing in the Cathedral!”
The whole performance was made possible thanks to the incredible amount of hard work from all of our volunteers and students.
Morgan, a 15 year old student volunteering with us for his DofE, has written an article for us, about the performance:
Bringing a Light Into Our Lives
‘Light is all around us’ a common phrase known by many, but this vibrant performance by Conical Sphere Music gives a fresh insight into the true importance of peoples perception of the light amongst us.
This new and innovative way of understanding what light means to different people, began as a community project run by Richard McLester, founder of Conical Sphere, and a variety of volunteers from Poole and Bournemouth. This musical eye opener delivers some truly inspiring stories and a sensational display projected onto three screens.
A captivated audience of 48 people watched these projections of inspiring true stories from individuals about what the light means to them. These provoking displays were adjoined with live musical interludes throughout the evening, creating an exciting environment for all viewers of a variety of ages in an intimate setting.
Throughout the evening people were offered promotional CDs of the performance music and wine, gifted to the project by their sponsors The Village Vine, a local independent wine merchant. The evening was most enjoyable for all people of any age and was seen by many as ‘something very new, very different, yet amazing’
A huge thank you to everyone who took part and came to the event. We really value your support!
This December, our giant illuminated globe “The Light” will hang in Salisbury Cathedral. BUT this time there will be a big difference from previous installations…
Hidden inside the globe will be a series of suspended projectors. The system, which projects 360° onto the outside of the globe, has been built and developed by 3 students from Poole.
It’s an amazing innovation for which the students have had to learn all about Raspberry Pi’s, Robotics, Electronics & Engineering, Metalwork and even AgileTM project management.
But there’s still a long way to go… …including hanging the globe in the cathedral. We’ll need to provide them with new tools & training to do this, professional mentoring and even a hall to hang the globe to test it out.
Can You Help Us?
We rely on grants, sponsorship and donations to provide opportunities like this for local students and young people. If you can help us continue our work & create new opportunities in the future, we’d be forever grateful…
How you can make a difference…
£5 helps us fund basic tools, safety equipment & building materials
£20 buys an hour of professional ‘1to1’ mentoring
£50 helps us buy technical materials (inc. Raspberry Pi’s & Circuit Boards)
£150 allows us to run a training workshop for the day
The team has been working really hard over the last few months to build a Projection Module. The module will eventually be fitted inside the Globe and enable us to project film from the inside out – onto the Globe’s surface.
Not only has the team had to overcome the problem of hanging the projectors securely inside the globe, they’ve also had to design a system that allows the projectors to move. This allows the projected film to be re-angled once the globe is suspended.
Once the globe is hanging, everything has to be remotely controlled – from video playback & powering the projectors on/off safely – to controlling the angle of projection.
We can’t wait to see the finished result!
On 4th February 2017, over 250 singers from Romsey joined Richard McLester to perform Songs Of The Light under THE LIGHT, a giant illuminated art installation.
The full film contains the journey of The Light as well as behind the scenes footage. The interviews with the local community in Romsey taken at the end of 2016 will also be included.
The film also highlights issues surrounding Mental Health, one of the main themes of the project in Romsey.
The full film will be released for free onto YouTube. We hope it will allow those who took part the chance to relive the performance, and discover more about how the project came to be.
Two great photos from Songs Of The Light, Romsey Abbey. In total, over 250 singers joined Richard McLester in performing on the evening to a full Abbey audience.
Photographs taken by Ken Gibson – Romsey AbbeyMore Photos from Songs Of The Light
Here are some more photos of The Light, Romsey Abbey. We particularly love the two images taken by Ken Gibson because they show off how the globe illuminated the interior of the Abbey as it changed colour.
Photograph above taken by Richard McLester.
Photographs taken by Ken Gibson – Romsey Abbey
As a result of being involved with The Light, The Romsey School have organised “Darkness To Light”Mental Health Week 14th – 18th November.
Pupils will be focusing on Mental Health in PSHE lessons and in the morning assemblies.
At the end of the week, Conical Sphere Music will be in school to film interviews with pupils – providing opportunities to share issues raised during the week.
The results will form part of the projections on the globe shown during the launch ceremony for The Light on 4th February 2017.