‘Inspirational’ new installation set to light up Sheffield Cathedral

Posted by: Ashley Birch

‘The Angels are Coming!’ is part of a new three year schedule of events seeing the Cathedral transformed in a way it has never been seen before

Sheffield Cathedral is set to become unrecognisable this December, as a spectacular new sound and light show is beamed onto the exterior and interior of the building, giving visitors the chance to see the Sheffield landmark in a whole new light.


The facade of Sheffield Cathedral will be transformed with a Christmas-themed light show, while the interior of the Cathedral will also be home to a magnificent display set to bespoke music, telling the nativity story and the ‘true meaning of Christmas’.


The Reverend Canon Keith Farrow said: ‘’Cathedrals have been an attraction for people over many hundreds of years. These amazing buildings hold something special within them in the beauty of the architecture, the hugely interesting history and heritage story they tell of both local and national events and are places of prayer and spirituality.



“It is our hope that events such as this will attract many people, both old and new visitors, to experience the wonder of this place as never before. ‘The Angels are coming’ event will tell the amazing story of Christmas in a most unforgettable way’’


Visitor Economy Manager for Marketing Sheffield’s marketing manager, Wendy Ulyett added: “The Angels are Coming project is so exciting.   Events like this differentiate Sheffield from other destinations and create a new reason to visit the city.    


“Sheffield Cathedral is consistently recognised by visitors as one of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in the city and we recognise its role in our portfolio of attractions and the stories it tells of Sheffield’s heritage. The Angels are Coming will – quite literally – allow visitors to see Sheffield Cathedral in a new light!”


Image credit: Luxmuralis Artisitic Collaboration


The installation has been created by an award winning artistic collaboration known as ‘Luxmuralis’ (which means ‘Light Murals’) whose previous work includes internationally recognised events in Germany, Italy, as well as event’s throughout the UK in various locations including The Bodleian Library, Oxfordshire, Compton Verney Warwickshire, and Cathedrals such as Lichfield, St Albans, Christ Church and Guildford, to name but a few.


Artist Peter Walker and Composer David Harper, who form ‘Luxmuralis’, have transformed and reinterpreted the sense of place and space in various locations, through Son-et- Lumiere (sound and light show night-time entertainment), sculpture and sound art pieces. Through their work they aim to creatively help members of the public take a physical and emotional journey to identify with the subject and message of the artwork.


Image credit: Luxmuralis Artisitic Collaboration


Peter Walker said: “We are delighted to be bringing our work to Sheffield and the wonderful Cathedral which is at the heart of the city. Tens of thousands of people have immersed themselves in the light artworks, which can have a profound effect. Our advent Illuminations have become a tradition for many in other places and we are looking forward to starting the project with a beautiful display this December.”


The event is part of a new three year schedule of events which will incorporate three major projects each year, during advent, spring and summer. In 2020 Sheffield Cathedral will see a series of events and exhibitions which it hopes will capture the imaginations of all ages and attract new audiences to the Cathedral.


Image credit: Luxmuralis Artisitic Collaboration


This will include Luxmuralis’ second event, the inaugural “Great Observatory” light and sound installation, in March 2020, which will take visitors to the edge of the universe (and back!), as well as a new exhibition celebrating the heritage of Sheffield next summer.


The aim of the programme is to make the Cathedral more accessible to people and show that the building is part of the city-centre. Sheffield Cathedral’s events co-ordinator Emma Gittins told VIBE: “We have a population of around 600,000 people in Sheffield and how many of those people have never walked through these doors because they think it’s a building they can’t come in to, or you’ve got to be quiet, or there’s services taking place all the time? We’re not that kind of building, we encourage the whole community to come and there’s no fee to come through our door.


Image credit: Luxmuralis Artisitic Collaboration


The Cathedral Illuminated: ’The Angels Are Coming’ begins 4 - 8 December 2019, with tickets available from 4 September on line via: and in person at the Cathedral Gift Shop, priced at £6 for adults and £4 for children aged 4 to 12. Children aged 3 and under FREE.   (Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children £17.50).

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