Vista 3 joins Cliff Richard anniversary shows
Thursday, 8 November 2018
vista-3-by-chroma-q-cliff-richard-60th-anniversary-rah-shows-wThe lighting was a mixture of traditional and high-tech show elements
UK - Lighting designer Derek Jones utilised Chroma-Q’s Vista 3 lighting and media control system to deliver his lighting design for Sir Cliff Richard's recent tour celebrating 60 years in music.
With a career spanning 103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts, the 58-18=60th The Tour saw Sir Cliff play his greatest hits across six decades in some of the UK and Ireland's leading concert halls, including two nights at the Royal Albert Hall.
As a Vista user for nearly a decade, Jones was keen to utilise the next generation capabilities of the Vista 3 software for his show design.
He comments: "I've been using Vista for nearly a decade now and have seen its evolution. As an LD I've always found it very intuitive and simple to use, so I was really excited to switch to Vista 3 and, after trying it out with success, was totally comfortable using it on a major tour such as this."
With Richard's music being presented as a 20-minute section for each decade in chronological order, Jones’ design incorporated a mixture of traditional and high-tech show elements to faithfully recreate the stage lighting of each period - giving the shows a nostalgic feel of stepping back in time to each actual music era.
The '50s and '60s sections featured stripped back lighting with no movement or textures and a paler colour palette. Moving lights were introduced during the '80s, and by the '00s the show featured a full moving lighting rig.
The rig included MAC Auras providing band key lighting and full stage wash, and MAC Vipers for breakup; ProLights ArenaCOB Full Colour blinders bringing the opaque band risers to life; Chroma-Q Color Force II 48 LED battens lighting white gauze drops; plus ladder drops featuring CP Sharpys 2 lite moles and ER Productions BB3 lasers. The tour also utilised house rigs, such as the Royal Albert Hall's Architectural Lighting package.
Summarising his experience, Jones says: "For me the Vista 3 software is a big step up from Vista 2, with a number of significant and useful upgrades which have helped me to further save programming time and be even more creative. Vista 3 feels snappier than previous versions and just improves the overall experience."
(Jim Evans)

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