Alight-ing in city for Olympiad bonanza

Logo for one-day Olympiad festival, Alight, which hits Sheffield on Saturday, March 3.
Logo for one-day Olympiad festival, Alight, which hits Sheffield on Saturday, March 3.

FAURÉ will be on the minds of Philharmonic Chorus members again in three weeks’ time when they anchor a one-off, one-day Olympiad festival, Alight, which hits Sheffield on Saturday, March 3.

The day-long extravaganza of music, dance and visual arts is Yorkshire’s contribution the BBC’s Music Nation weekend, a countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad.

The event is going ahead as planned with all lights blazin,g thanks to a Lottery grant of £9,500 from Arts Council England secured last November after the Philharmonic Chorus had taken the decision to put itself forward stage the event. It has been further boosted by a grant from the Sheffield Town Trust.

The last thing Alight is, however, is a classical music event. It is a community-based day bringing together a diverse cross-section of the city’s cultural performing groups, including Bleat Beat (African drumming), Dimond Ranks, Sheffield City Giants, Inyerface, OutAloud, Babel Songs, Bevox and a host of other amateur musicians, singers and dancers.

At present, there are 32 different ‘daylight’ performances, most free, at eight venues across Sheffield, such as the Winter Garden, Town Hall, Victoria Hall – where the Phil perform Fauré’s Tantum Ergo – Weston Park Museum and The Hubs at Sheffield Hallam University.

It is there that the day ends when students on an Events Management and Graphic Events undergraduate course at Hallam present a late evening band night featuring secondary school musicians.

Before it, the ‘twilight’ phase of the day brings together many of the day’s performers on the City Hall stage for what promises to be a spectacular telling of the story of Sheffield in words and music since it became a city in 1893.

A Steel City version of Romeo and Juliet from Inyerface aside, music ranges from a Cutlery Concerto, The Beatles, Glenn Miller, the Greasy Chip Butty Song to the Hallelujah Chorus. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6.