Crown of Light

Ross Ashton, Robert Ziegler, John Del’Nero (UK)

LUMIERE DURHAM 2009, 2011, 2013

Sebastian Frost: Associate Sound Designer

With special thanks to the British Library for the use of images of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

A spectacular projection featuring illuminated manuscripts from the Lindisfarne gospels and other treasures from the North East.

Durham Cathedral has been a place of pilgrimage for a thousand years, its extraordinary architecture and stained glass providing a place for contemplation and sanctuary for huge numbers of visitors.  For Lumiere, building was the canvas for an ambitious installation that transformed one of England’s most beautiful Norman buildings into a spectacular illumination, 100m wide.

Crown of Light was the result of a collaboration between three leading exponents of their crafts: projection artist Ross Ashton, musician Robert Ziegler and sound designer John Del’ Nero. Together they created a spectacular son et lumiére especially for Durham, inspired by the powerful history of Christianity in the North East. The visual material was drawn from inside the Cathedral and from one of the most richly decorated and important books of all time, the Lindisfarne Gospels, created in the 7th Century on Holy Island off the Northumbrian Coast, now housed in the British Library.

Ross Ashton is an internationally renowned projection artist, specialising in projecting images onto buildings so that the image seems to become part of the architecture. He has created work for the FIFA World Cup Closing Ceremony in South Africa, Buckingham Palace and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  

Robert Ziegler has conducted repertoire ranging from Mozart to Messiaen with most of the major British orchestras, including the LSO, LPO, and RPO, as well as the BBC Symphony, Concert and Scottish Symphony Orchestras. He has given two Proms with his own Matrix Ensemble, and conducted the Adelaide, New Zealand and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. He conducted the scores for films including There Will be BloodNorwegian Wood, and Sense and Sensibility. He has received a British RTS Award and a Rose d’Or de Montreux for his work for BBC television and radio.

John Del’ Nero began his career in London’s West End on productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Billy Liar and Jeeves. He designed the sound for the original Rocky Horror Show and has been Sound Designer for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for the past 20 years. He has worked for Royal Families in the UK and abroad including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. John has previously worked with Artichoke on Hilary Westlake’s Dining with Alice and Peace Camp.


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