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This Stunning Light Show Will Illuminate St Paul’s Cathedral

Georgie Hoole Georgie Hoole - EXECUTIVE EDITOR

This Stunning Light Show Will Illuminate St Paul’s Cathedral

Where Light Falls is a stunning, free light show combining spectacular projections, history and poetry.

St Paul’s Cathedral is an important part of London’s history, and frankly its skyline. But, from this evening (October 24) onwards, it will also act as a canvas for creative production studio Double Take Projections‘ gorgeous installation.

Throughout the evening, and the following three evenings, incredible visuals and poetry will be projected onto the cathedral. The show will tell the story of the St Paul’s Watch; volunteers who risked their lives to protect the sacred building during the Blitz.

These selfless people would patrol St Paul’s while most people took refuge in air raid shelters and underground stations, armed with sandbags and water pumps, ready to fight flames.

As onlookers remember their bravery, they will be fully immersed in sound and poetry. Two new pieces of poetry were commissioned especially for Where Light Falls; one that will be projected onto St Paul’s Cathedral, and one for Coventry Cathedral’s light show a couple of weeks later.

Poets Keith Jarrett and Jane Commane worked with various community groups—including local school children, elderly writers and refugees—who were asked to respond to images and accounts of the Blitz, particularly focusing on the heroic efforts of the St Paul’s Watch. Their responses ultimately inspired the poets’ final works, and we’ll see Keith Jarrett’s poem From the Log Book projected onto the London cathedral this week.

The event is entirely free to attend, and will take place every night from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 October (6.30pm–10pm, except on Sunday when it starts a little later at 8pm). The entire show lasts about 20 minutes and will be repeated on a loop throughout the evening. The projections will take place across the south side, north side and main façade of St Paul’s Cathedral

✨ See also: Syon Park‘s Enchanted Woodland, that will illuminate the trees from mid-November. ✨


Also published on Medium.