Liverpool Culture Company staged the largest ever firework display
in Liverpool to celebrate the Centenary of the Citys famous
Anglican Cathedral, described as One of the greatest buildings
In The World by John Betjeman.
The awesome 20 minute display designed by
Ian Woodroof of Fantastic Fireworks - is the largest fired off
a single building so far this year in Europe. It was completely
free to anyone within sight of the Cathedral on the Sunday night.
The event also broke new technological grounds with the live broadcast
of the specially composed soundtrack by Liverpool City Councils
local radio media partner, 96.7 FM Radio City.
This meant the show was enjoyed not just by a traditionally
placed audience close to site, but by anyone tuning in to the
radio and able to see the Cathedral with the sonic advantages
of no time delays! The innovative staging idea opened the event
to a potential audience of hundreds of thousands all around the
city, within sightlines of the majestic 300 ft high, 600 ft long,
10,000 square metre Cathedral, sitting proudly on the hill.
Anglican Fireworks was planned and co-ordinated
by The Liverpool Culture Company, and the pyro was rigged and
run by a Fantastic Fireworks team of 17 experienced firers. It
involved the craning of 6 tonnes of materials onto the Cathedral
roof on the Friday, over 450 solid person-hours of rigging and
preparation and the running of over 4 Km of cables.
The Fantastic team had to deal with the various
environmental challenges of working at height on the raked roof;
the maze of narrow and labyrinthine access passages throughout
the building; the fact that the Church was open to the public
during rigging, plus several bell ringing sessions (the highest
and heaviest peal in the world) on the Sunday of the show
which marked to the date 100 years on from the laying of the foundation
stone by King Edward VII.
The performance included over 35,00 different firework
effects, sourced and imported by Fantastic from Germany, Italy,
Spain, Australia and China plus hundreds of individually timed
cues. The show was called by Ian Woodroof and detonated from four
synchronised Pyromate remote firing systems, resulting in the
Cathedral coming alive with colour, spectacle and emotion for
a brief moment in its illustrious history.
The pyro design was careful to compliment rather
than overpower the building, and the show consisted of four parts
east roof, west roof, central tower and then the finale,
with pyro blasting from all three locations.
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The event was a massive success. Liverpool Culture
event manager Eddy Grant comments, The display was a stunning.
The immediate impact was heard from wildly cheering crowds around
the Cathedral, a scene echoed right across the city and along
the waterfront, as many gatherings were stopped in their tracks
by the display. The live experience and the resulting
media coverage were obvious immediate benefits. Another is the
continuing development of the Culture Companys capacity
to deliver large scale events in the City, working with its partners
and the people of Liverpool towards the 800th birthday celebrations
in 2007, and its year as European Capital of Culture in 2008..
The Anglican Fireworks event is one of many community
events staged in the City of Liverpool over the year, and the
latest building in the city to feature in a pyrotechnic spectacular.
Others have included the Three Graces, St Johns Beacon,
the River Mersey, various parks, the Walker Arts Gallery and Wellington
Above: The Fantastic Fireworks Crew
Many thanks to Louise Stickland for the above
press release from the Liverpool Culture Company Events Team and
for kindly allowing us to use the above pictures.
member "RocketRev" - who is indeed a reverend - was
there to watch this display and reported back with some pictures.
"The firework display for the centenary of
Liverpool Cathedral was very satisfying" reports RocketRev.
"Crowds of people gathered down at the Albert & Kings
Docks to watch it. It was set to music and I gather that must
have been broadcast because some kind person set up their car
sound system going full blast so we could all hear the sound track
- a nice touch that.
"We had the Beatles, William Tell, the Can
Can (from a Cathedral!) and more besides."
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Press release photos ©2004 Louise Stickland. RocketRev photos
©2004 J Hartley