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Coventry Cathedral will celebrate new year with thrilling lights show party

Editorial Correspondent 22nd Nov, 2018 Updated: 22nd Nov, 2018

COVENTRY will celebrate the new year with a thrilling sound and light experience at the cathedral.

Sunrise is a family-friendly experience at Coventry Cathedral which will take its audience through a transition from darkness to light as the beginning of 2019 approaches.

The breathtaking event will bathe the ruins in waves of graduating colours which change over the duration of the performance.

A light installation will be brought to life by an atmospheric, electronic soundscape entitled ‘Sunrise Sonata’ commissioned specifically for the show.

Sunrise will be the stunning finale of Plumb Line Festival, a year-long festival celebrating 100 years of the Diocese and Coventry Cathedral and will run on New Year’s Eve at 6pm, 9pm and midnight.

It is a collaboration between design practice NEON and sound artists Musicity and has been supported by the Coventry City of Culture Trust.

NEON, an award-winning design practice, is working with the existing architecture, design and art to develop the unique light installation.

Musicity founder and BBC Radio 3 presenter Nick Luscombe has been working with the Coventry City of Culture Trust’s community engagement team to speak to the people of the city on their feelings about sunrise.

Nick is also working with singer-songwriter Anna Palmer and electronic artist Andy Spackman to deliver an enchanting live soundscape for audiences to enjoy as part of the experience.

Director of NEON Mark Nixon said: “We were deeply inspired by the history of the city and felt it was particularly important to reflect on the key theme of loss and reconciliation.”

Coventry Cathedral John Witcombe said: “Sunrise is inspired by Coventry’s ability to triumph in the face of adversity and follow great loss with reconciliation as NEON and Musicity transform the Cathedral Ruins into a dream-like landscape.”

Additional activity on New Year’s Eve includes a Big Fish Little Fish Children’s Rave, with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and a parachute dance finale. It’s suitable for all ages and will start at 1pm and finish at 3pm with tickets priced at £8.

The celebrations continue in the main cathedral from 7pm with a free moving light, sound and performance extravaganza throughout the night with DJs and a bar.

Tickets are £6 (including booking fee) for over 16s and free for those under 16. Booking is essential.

Bookings and information for Sunrise are available at or by calling Ticketmaster to book NYE tickets on 08448 440 444. This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

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