Dance of a Thousand Lights
Our blue light emergency services respond to thousands of 999 calls every day, saving lives and being there for us all, often in the most extreme of circumstances.
The British Police Symphony Orchestra invites you to show your appreciation by taking part in Dance of a Thousand Lights in support of #Team999 on Sunday 27th September at 8pm.
Members of the public are invited to join all the emergency services nationwide, when their blue lights will be flashed simultaneously in support of The Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity which supports 999 personnel injured in the line of duty.
BPSO has released on film a recording of Rick Wakeman’s sparkling Dance of a Thousand Lights, the perfect incidental music to a nationwide visual spectacular.
Under the socially distanced baton of Musical Director, Dr Richard Jenkinson, the internationally acclaimed classical pianist Benjamin Frith joined the orchestra and choirs from across the nation to perform the solo for the soundtrack and accompanying film. This was achieved with all recordings made in complete isolation during the lockdown; no mean feat for over 300 performers drawn from serving or retired police officers, police staff, and other members of the wider police family.
As people did with clapping for the NHS, each of us can be one of the dancing lights by going outside and shining phones and torches into the skies.
At the same time, all available blue light emergency vehicles across the UK will flash their lights in support, with police helicopters flying and marine craft sailing where possible.
The Blue Lamp Foundation was established by the late PC David Rathband, of Stafford, after he was shot and injured on duty with Northumbria Police in July 2010. It celebrates its 10th Anniversary in October.
Merchandise and a link to the film and music are available now on www.bpso.org.uk
Sun 27 Sep 2020