BBC VE Day, The People’s Celebration

ELP, a trading division of White

Light, recently supplied the lighting equipment for VE Day 75 – The People’s Celebration; a special BBC and Royal

British Legion production which commemorated the 75th anniversary of

VE Day and was watched by over eight million viewers.






The People’s Celebration was a programme featuring memories and

music which honoured and celebrated the Second World War generation. Originally

intended to take place at the Royal Albert Hall, this was no longer possible

due to the nationwide lockdown. As such, it was decided it would instead go

ahead within the grounds of Buckingham Palace, with the performers socially

distanced from one another.






ELP was approached by Lighting

Director Nigel Catmur to work on the event. Due to the unique circumstances in

which the production was being made,  the

preparation time reduced from what would normally be several weeks to just 5

days from receiving the lighting plan and equipment spec to loading the trucks.

Similarly, with the event being held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, this

would require increased levels of security. As such, ELP was able to draw on

its extensive experience of working on several Royal events and ensure all necessary

measures were adhered to. 






As much as possible, the

equipment needed to be IP rated for the potential wet weather. ELP supplied units

such as SGM P5, SGM G-Spot, Chauvet Q40 and Elation 6Par 200IP. One particularly

important set of fixtures were the Astera Titan tubes, which were placed amongst

the orchestra and soloists and created an impressive effect across the Palace’s

forecourt. Similarly, trusted favourites such as Arri Skypanel S60/C , Arri 2.5

MSR and tungsten 2K alongside a selection of ETC Source Fours with various

lenses were also used to great effect.






Whilst most of the key lighting

was from stands of various sizes, ranging from lowboys to 5 section Easylifts,

there was also a substantial rig consisting of eight freestanding truss towers

at 5m, providing a selection of orchestral, key and effect lighting, alongside fixings

for the beautiful festoon and bunting.






As the natural light faded across

the evening, Nigel’s lighting design came into its own, creating some beautiful

and magical looks within the iconic setting of Buckingham Palace.






This was the first job to be

completely prepped and loaded from WL’s warehouse in Wimbledon,  which has now becoming a second base for ELP

alongside the Space Studios in Manchester.






ELP’s Sales Director Darren Fletcher

comments: “This was a fantastic production for us to work on. The equipment

spec filled three trucks so we are really proud to have delivered this,

especially when you consider the current restrictions on working practices,

heightened security at Buckingham Palace along with the reduction in workforce.

Ultimately, it’s a great example of how, even in these surreal times, we are still

able to supply the high-standard technical solutions expected by production

companies and broadcasters”.






Lighting Director – Nigel Catmur | Gaffer – Mark Gardiner   






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