Golden Jubilee provides showcase for entertainment technology
Friday, 7 June 2002
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations, held over the long weekend of 1-4 June, not only celebrated 50 years of Elizabeth II’s reign, but also had the added bonus of providing a stunning showcase for the UK’s entertainment technology industry, watched by television audiences worldwide. The cream of the UK’s design, production, staging, rigging, lighting, sound and pyrotechnics specialists combined to create a lavish display which has drawn praise from across the world and will be remembered for many years to come.

The BBC-produced Garden Concerts at Buckingham Palace and the surrounding infrastructure through central London included a roll-call of experts that would be familiar to any top-flight rock tour or major spectacular, including Mark Fisher (design), Robbie Williams (production management), Edwin Shirley Staging, XL Video, Screenco, Fourth Phase, VLPS London, Stage Electrics, Britannia Row, Owen Brown, Unusual Services, Orbital, Dobson Sound, RG Jones, Wigwam, Stageline, Pyrovision, E//T//C and many more. Special thanks also go to the manufacturer of the microphone that allowed television audiences to hear some unwitting person (was it really David Dimbleby himself?) huffing, tutting and muttering in annoyance as the Queen waited to light the Beacon on The Mall - TV magic!

PLASA Media will be pulling all the strands together to provide detailed coverage of the Buckingham Palace Garden Concerts and the surrounding spectacle in detail in the August issue of Lighting&Sound International magazine.

(Lee Baldock)

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