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Knife Angel comes to Stoke-on-Trent

12 Apr 2022 | BY BPSO

Members of the British Police Symphony Orchestra were delighted to peform as part of the civic launch of the Knife Angel, which is in Stoke-on-Trent for the whole of April. The piece arrived in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday 1st April in time for a month of awareness activities on knife crime, plus a knife amnesty.

A string quartet performing during the civic reception, followed by a brass fanfare as the Angel was unveiled. More information about the World Premiere fanfare, composed by a member of the BPSO can be found here.

The Knife Angel is a stunning contemporary 27ft, 3.5 ton, sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK. It was made by Alfie Bradley at the British Ironworks Centre in Shropshire.

Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said:

“We were delighted to welcome the British Police Symphony Orchestra to the civic launch for the arrival of the Knife Angel to Stoke-on-Trent. The Angel’s Message, which was produced especially for the Knife Angel, was a poignant piece of music ideal to welcome the Angel to the city.”

You can find more about the composition here.

She continued saying the Angel was a “poignant piece of art work.” She added the sculpture’s arrival marked an “important opportunity to continue work to highlight the devastating impact that knife crime can have, and to educate people young and old across the city.”

Council Leader Abi Brown said: “Knife crime sadly remains a serious issue within many communities right across the country. The presence of the Knife Angel in the city will reinforce the work that is already under way, and we encourage as many people as possible to visit it.”