News & Insights 19 July 2012

LYs win Telegraph Arts Award for Olympic Project

A crowd of thousands at the Peterborough Olympic Torch Concert.We recently collaborated with the Voyager Academy on a community project to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Peterborough, and we found out last week that the project had been nominated in the city’s 2012 Evening Telegraph Education Awards. The news from last night’s ceremony at Peterborough’s Key Theatre is… we won!

George and I wrote “There With You” at the tail-end of 2011, having been commissioned by the Voyager Academy to write an anthemic song for Peterborough that could be used to welcome the Olympic Torch this summer. The song was then learned and eventually performed by a massive collective of six-hundred singers and drummers on the Embankment at the official Olympic Torch celebration concert, as well as in front of the cathedral for the BBC cameras while the torch passed and, finally, in the Town Square the following morning.

Click here to watch a video of the Cathedral performance.

On behalf of The Lightyears, many thanks to Moira Green (Vice-Principal at the Voyager and project coordinator), Simon Allen (arranger and orchestrator) and the huge number of adults and children from across the city who put months of work into making the song sound amazing.

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