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New MAC Aura used for ‘Songs Of Praise’ celebration

TV programmes in the UK come and go - but 'Songs Of Praise' goes on forever. It recently celebrated 50 years of broadcasting - and Martin MAC Auras were used to light the celebration.

The BBC’s iconic religious programme ‘Songs Of Praise’ has been a Sunday evening TV fixture for as long as many people can remember – and lighting designer Bernie Davis used Martin Professional’s new MAC Aura wash light for its 50th birthday celebration.

Davis, who saw the MAC Aura on the Martin Professional stand at the PLASA trade show, placed the quiet LED fixtures on stage either side of the artists.

“They were very effective as eye candy and we were all impressed with how six small Auras worked so well, even in an enormous venue like this,” Davis said. “They were great! You wouldn’t believe how well they fitted the stage – six scallop-shaped black holes in front of the choirs neatly filled with Auras.”

The MAC Aura was launched at the PLASA trade show in London, winning a PLASA Award for Innovation. It is the first compact LED moving head wash light with zoom that uses two independent colour systems to produce new ‘eye-candy’ effects plus functions as a highly capable single-lens wash with fully pre-mixed colour.

The “Songs of Praise” rig also included Martin MAC 301 Washes, MAC TW1 tungsten wash lights, MAC 2000 Performances, MAC 2000 Washes and MAC 500s, all supplied by ELP.

An audience of nearly 7,000 joined presenter Aled Jones in Alexandra Palace’s Great Hall for a spectacular show that featured Katherine Jenkins, LeeAnn Rimes, Beverley Knight, and Andrea Bocelli (pictured) together with a collection of ‘Songs of Praise’ presenters past and present.