Ripon Cathedral – Takes One Small Step

15th March 2019

Ripon Cathedral will be flooded with the light and sound of space this Friday as it takes one small step to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

In a unique son et lumiere, its medieval interior will be filled with sound and light in dedication to the moon landing anniversary in July this year. Projections of the solar system will flood the interior accompanied by the soundtrack of Holst’s The Planets played on the cathedral’s organ.

The cathedral’s ancient interior will be also used as the canvas for a series of film projections inspired by ‘time and space’, against a soundtrack of choral music from the cathedral’s lay clerks, readings, organ music and soundscapes.

For the Armistice Centenary, Ripon Cathedral’s west front was flooded with projections to commemorate those who fought in the First World War as part of the Ripon Remembers programme to great acclaim, but this time, the projections are coming inside.

Ripon Cathedral’s curate, the Revd Caitlin Carmichael explains:

Medieval church builders knew exactly how to use light and space to create buildings which continue to inspire today. We’ll be bringing 21st century technology, timeless readings and music to show the building to its best advantage and create a unique spectacle within these ancient walls.

Son et Lumiere – Ripon Cathedral.
Friday March 15. 7.00pm – tickets here.
Photo credits: Nick Lancaster.