Alight radio coverage

BBC Radio 3: Saturday 3 March as part of the live link-ups for Music Nation:

  • [last five minutes]Vox-pop with Mike Ward with background of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, Interview with Rachel Mallaband, Alight Co-ordinator, with Seven Rivers rehearsing in background;
  • Vox-pop with Bevox members;
  • Vox-pop with Handsworth Sword Dancers.
[approx. 15 mins in] Rachel looking back on the day

Coverage on BBC Radio Sheffield Saturday Breakfast 3 March:
[about two hours in - 66%] Interview with Rachel Mallaband explaining and promoting the day

Alight concerts on 3 March 2012

Part of Music Nation, a UK-wide weekend of music, dance and visual arts and part of the Cultural Olympiad. 

Music Nation was a countdown event for the London 2012 Festival.  Alight was led by the BBC and LOCOG and was kindly supported by the Arts Council, Sheffield Town Trust and SIV Ltd

The Chorus was thrilled and proud to be leading this unique event, giving literally thousands of people the opportunity to sample the music, dance and visual arts available in the city and flying the flag for the cultural heritage of Yorkshire in this extraordinary year.  There were over 1,000 Alight participants, with the day being split into 3 segments; Alight: Daylight, Alight: Twilight and Alight: Into the Night.  Details of all the events can be found at

Alight Daylight

daylightAs part of the Alight festival Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus performed a programme of rarely performed music with unusual combinations of instruments, conducted by Darius Battiwalla

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 4.15pm
Victoria Hall Methodist Church • Norfolk Street • Sheffield S1 2JB

The programme included:

  • Saint-Saens - Quam Dilecta for harp, organ and choir;
  • Janacek - Our Father for organ, harp, chorus and tenor soloist;
  • Schumann: Hunting Songs for men’s chorus and horns;
  • Brahms - Four songs for Women’s Chorus, harp, and two horns
  • The world premiere of Yaron Hollander’s - Everyone Sang for four
    horns, strings, organ and choir.

Read the interview with Darius.

Alight Twilight

twilightAlight: Twilight - A spectacular musical show about the history of Sheffield directed by Mark Langley

Saturday 3rd March 2012, 7.30pm
Sheffield City Hall

Alight: Twilight, a specially commissioned musical show interweaves the history of Sheffield since its formation as a city in 1893 with music, dance and visual projections.  Featuring over 650 performers and the world première of Timothy Allen’s Olympic Triptych (composed especially for the combined Alight forces) the show juxtaposes both university Big Bands, the Sheffield Music Service and Endcliffe Orchestras, the Chorus, the Dambusters March, the music of Glenn Miller and Handel and the Greasy Chip Butty Song.

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