VIDEO: WHILE Lymm Festival is pressing ahead with plans to put on its usual summer event next year one of the event’s organising team, Paul Thompson, has written a song to light the way forward following a tough year for the performing arts.
Paul said: “My son works in theatre sound in London, and I know that people in the performing arts are struggling to survive, whilst audiences have been deprived of the joy of live performance. As a Lymm resident it was so disappointing that Lymm Festival had to be cancelled in 2020. It is such a vibrant community event, and I love putting on comic song shows at the Festival.
“I decided to write this song, ‘Hold the Light’, which I hope will lift spirits in these difficult times. It was inspired by the tradition, when theatres are closed, of having a single ‘ghost light’ on the stage. There is always a light, and there is always hope.”
You can listen to the song on YouTube, see above.
Chairman of Lymm Festival, Ian Marks, added: “For several years Paul has put on some hugely popular events at the Festival. We are delighted he has now joined us as part of our team. His song is very moving and as the words say ‘As we wait for better days, hold the light upon the stage. We shall see a better day’. We also have plans in hand for Paul to put on a live-streamed Winter Warmer show early in 2021.
“We really hope that with the vaccines coming on stream, there will be some semblance of normality by the summer. Plans for the summer Festival are well in hand and we are aiming to put on a mixture of indoor and outdoor events with a greater emphasis on local talent. We shall be using the experience we gained this year with on-line events and Lymm Radio to enhance our offering and appeal to a wider audience.”
To help brighten up the festive period Lymm Festival is broadcasting some Christmas poetry for the twelve days from 25 December to 5 January. Each day around 1pm there will be a reading which you can listen to on otheir Facebook page, their YouTube channel or on their website.”