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#TEAM999 BPSO Dance of a Thousand Lights

01 Oct 2020 | BY BPSO

The British Police Symphony Orchestra invites you be one of #AThousandLights in support of #Team 999

Members of The British Police Symphony Orchestra are proud to share with you their film of Rick Wakeman’s, Dance of a Thousand Lights (as featured on The One Show, BBC One) and to invite you to light up the skies, in support of our blue light emergency teams.

Featuring over 300 performers, drawn from the wider police family throughout the UK and recorded entirely in isolation during lockdown, the film celebrates all who serve in our ambulance, fire and police services and who are working so hard in this current crisis to protect those we love.

This unique fundraising project is in support of PC David Rathband’s, The Blue Lamp Foundation, who celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year. The money raised will enable the charity to help our team 999 heroes who struggle with mental, emotional or physical injuries as a result of their commitment to us whilst on duty.

Chairman of the charity, Peter Sweeney, said,
“We are humbled by the work that has been put in by the BPSO to get this project up and running and the commitment to support our work, as crucial today as it was a decade ago, but even more difficult in the current crisis.”

The orchestra is no stranger to blue flashing lights, comprising as it does, serving and retired police officers, support and civilian staff, along with the wider police family. Musical Director of the BPSO, Dr. Richard Jenkinson said:

“This project is an incredible achievement, bringing together as it has over 70 members of the BPSO, the internationally acclaimed classical pianist, Benjamin Frith and 300 performers from massed police choirs. A project such as this would have been impossible a few years ago and it is a tribute to all involved that we have used the technology available to create such a ground-breaking recording”.

Patron of the Blue Lamp Foundation, Phillip Schofield, has also given his seal of approval of the whole project saying,

“As patron of The Blue Lamp Foundation, I am proud to be a part of this unique fundraising project and to pay tribute to all who are serving in our ambulance, fire and police services during these truly difficult times.

I offer my thanks to the British Police Symphony Orchestra and all performers in Dance of a Thousand Lights, for their time, talent and commitment to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause.”

The  film, featuring every performer, along with footage of blue light heroes and vehicles, provides the perfect soundtrack to a visual spectacular to be staged on Saturday 24th October 2020 at sunset.

At 5.45pm on this date, members of the public are invited to stand outside, at a safe social distance and wave blue lights into the skies, to become one of the BPSO’s thousand lights.

Where available, blue light emergency vehicles from all 999 response teams will flash blue lights in appreciation of the public support.
Light up the skies at sunset and celebrate your team 999 heroes- It’s that easy!

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