Bringing magic to Sheffield Cathedral in three-year project

An exciting schedule, including three major projects each year, will be coming to Sheffield Cathedral over the next three years it has been announced.

Friday, 23rd August 2019, 11:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 1:58 pm
Sheffield Cathedral announces three-year schedule

It will include a new and exciting three-year artistic collaboration.

The three-year schedule of events will see the Cathedral transformed in a way it has never been seen before. This will incorporate three major artistic creations each year, during advent, spring and summer.

Beginning this December with a spectacular sound and light show ‘The Angels are Coming’ visitors to Sheffield will witness the transformation of the facade of Sheffield Cathedral to start Christmas celebrations off for all the family.

The interior of the Cathedral will also be home to a magnificent display where visitors will be immersed in a stunning visual experience set to bespoke music created by Artistic Collaboration, ‘Luxmralis’.

The Reverend Canon Keith Farrow said: “Cathedrals have been an attraction for people over many hundreds of years. These amazing buildings hold something special within them in the beauty of the architecture, the hugely interesting history and heritage story they tell of both local and national events and are places of prayer and spirituality. It is our hope that events such as this will attract many people, both old and new visitors, to experience the wonder of this place as never before. ‘The Angels are coming’ event will tell the amazing story of Christmas in a most unforgettable way.’”

Then in 2020 Sheffield Cathedral will see a series of events and exhibitions created that will capture the imaginations of all ages and attract new audiences to the Cathedral over the next three years. This will include the inaugural “Great Observatory” light and sound installation in March 2020 which will take visitors to the edge of the universe and back! and a new exhibition celebrating the heritage of Sheffield next summer.

Emma Gittins, the Cathedral’s Events Co-ordinator said: “The aim is to make the Cathedral more accessible show that the building is part of the city-centre. We have a population of around 600,000 people in Sheffield and how many of those people have never walked through these doors because they think it’s a building they can’t come in to, or you’ve got to be quiet, or there’s services taking place all the time?”

Light and sound artworks created by artist Peter Walker and composer David Harper who form an award winning Artistic collaboration called ‘Luxmuralis’ (‘Light Murals’). Artistic director for Luxmuralis, Peter Walker, said he was thrilled to be bringing the show to Sheffield: “We are delighted to be bringing our work to Sheffield and the wonderful Cathedral which is at the heart of the city.” The Cathedral Illuminated: ’The Angels Are Coming’ begins Wednesday December 4 and runs until Sunday December 8.

Visit www.sheffieldcathedral.org for tickets from September 4 and at the Cathedral Gift Shop, £6 for adults and £4 for children aged four to 12. Children aged three and under free. (Family ticket: two adults, two children £17.50).