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Lifting people’s spirits with the magic of Sky Orchestra

When renowned international Bristol artist Luke Jerram approached Spirit to lend a hand with ‘Sky Orchestra – A Moment in Time’, a way to offer hope for the future and showcase Bristol’s creative talent, we didn’t need to think twice. It wasn’t going to be a simple one, that’s for sure, with the limitations of coronavirus restrictions to contend with, not to mention the impact of weather on ballooning, but we knew this was going to be something really special for the city.

A collaboration between Bristol-based BAFTA-winning composer Dan Jones and Luke Jerram, ‘Sky Orchestra – A Moment in Time’ saw a flotilla of hot air balloons deliver an uplifting musical and visual experience in surround sound to the people of Bristol. It featured the premiere of a new composition commissioned by Bristol Old Vic, played through speakers attached to the balloons, alongside live accompaniment. Our goal was to share the joy of this wonderful arts project with people not just in Bristol but far beyond – with funds raised from the sale of the EP of the musical composition donated to support emerging musicians in the city, an very important cause given the impact of this year on the arts sector.

The team was delighted to see the project featured not just in the national media spanning the likes of the Guardian, the Telegraph, the Times and BBC Breakfast, but also around the world! BBC World Service, BBC’s biggest platform, played a moving piece from Radio 4’s Today programme repeatedly, whilst the story also captured the imagination of local media too including BBC Points West, ITV West Country and many more.

Thank you to all involved for letting us be a part of this magical project.

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