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Black Light Gets a Song of Praise from TV Company

by Phil Haldane , under Stage lighting

Black Light was part of the team behind the famous BBC programme Songs of Praise, when it was recently broadcast from St. Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow. Our role was to support the lighting designer and supply and install a full TV lighting rig. The success of this project shows how well Black Light can work ‘embedded’ as part of a production team and that we are able to meet the testing specifications and requirements of TV.

“This was a great project for Black Light,” says Stephen Read, Head of our Events Team. “It was an exciting challenge to transfer our skills as theatrical technicians to the world of on-site TV production. There are a number of differences in terminology and working practice to get used to, but my team was well up to the job and everyone performed superbly.“

The main technical challenge involved in getting the show broadcast was ensuring that all the lights were properly placed to create the illusions and effects needed by the producers. “It was interesting to see how the TV crew put it all together and the professionalism they brought to the job,” says Stephen. “It was obvious that we were working with a well-oiled machine and it was great to be part of the team.”

Needless to say our contribution was well received: “Just to say that we were all very impressed by your contribution to the Songs of Praise from Glasgow. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the team for your unstinted help in making it all work so, so well. I hope we can do it again,” said Dennis Butcher the TV lighting director.

The project took three days, with filming taking place over the weekend of June the 12th. Our responsibilities involved rigging the lights, resetting them for a series of  filming sequences and then dismantling everything at the end of the shoot. Our partner on the project was the television production company Tern TV. “You guys were a pleasure to work with, and we are delighted to have made contact with you,” said Tern TV’s David Strachan. “Yes indeed, we will come back to you if we get another similar commission.”