MAC Rig for “Songs of Praise” 50th Anniversary Includes New MAC Aura™

October 26, 2011

Lighting designer Bernie Davis used Martin Professional’s new MAC Aura wash light on the BBC’s “Songs of Praise” 50th Birthday Celebration, which aired on Sunday, September 25th from Alexandra Palace in London.

Davis, who saw the MAC Aura on the Martin Professional stand just two weeks earlier at the PLASA trade show, placed the quiet LED fixtures on stage either side of the artists.

“They were very effective as eye candy and we were all impressed with how six small Auras worked so well, even in an enormous venue like this,” Davis comments. “They were great! You wouldn’t believe how well they fitted the stage – six scallop-shaped black holes in front of the choirs neatly filled with Auras.”

The MAC Aura was launched at the PLASA trade show in London, winning a PLASA Award for Innovation. It is the first compact LED moving head wash light with zoom that uses two independent color systems to produce new ‘eye-candy’ effects plus functions as a highly capable single-lens wash with fully pre-mixed color.

The “Songs of Praise” rig also included Martin MAC 301 Washes™, MAC TW1™ tungsten wash lights, MAC 2000 Performances™, MAC 2000 Washes™ and MAC 500s™, all supplied by ELP.

“Lighting Operator Russell Grubiak did a superb job in making distinctive and contemporary looks with Designer Gerald Murphy’s excellent set,” Davis said.

An audience of nearly 7,000 joined presenter Aled Jones in Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall for a spectacular show that featured Katherine Jenkins, LeeAnn Rimes, Beverley Knight, and Andrea Bocelli together with a collection of “Songs of Praise” presenters past and present.

Beverley Knight photo: James Day