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Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:30

Spectacular sound and light show runs on selected dates until January 3

A magical live celebration of Christmas music in the beautifully-lit Mediterranean Biome is bringing comfort and joy to visitors at the Eden Project this Christmas.

As darkness falls and the Biome is transformed by a spectacular all-new light show, the Eden Christmas Orchestra strikes up with festive favourites played on four separate stages.

The orchestra, which is performing on selected dates through until January 3, is made up of groups of two or three in brass, string, percussion and woodwind sections and is separated to maintain safe social distance.

Digitally connected by in-ear monitors, all the musicians play simultaneously, creating a ‘surround sound’ effect across the vast space.

Visitors can continuously hear the live music as they move around the Biome but the sound changes depending on where they are located.

This concept, used in 16th century Venice by the likes of Giovanni Gabrieli, is known as antiphonal music and allows the orchestra to create a tapestry of sound that complements the space.

Included in the bumper three-hour setlist are traditional classics such as Silent Night and O Come, All Ye Faithful, alongside popular hits such as Walking In The Air and Happy Xmas (War Is Over), arranged for Eden by Musical Director, Patrick Bailey.

The orchestra, made up of Cornwall-based musicians, is led by Musical Supervisor Matt Harrison, who is leading Eden’s Christmas music programme for the third consecutive year.

Matt said: “From the first chord at our first rehearsal, we knew this would be something wonderful and it is rather fitting that the use of technology is helping us perform as one.

“It’s fantastic that Eden is showcasing the power of music and its ability to bring people together. We are really grateful to be able to perform live again and the Biome is such a magical setting with the most amazing acoustics.”

Eden’s Director of Interpretation Jo Elworthy said: “It has been a tough year for everyone and it is wonderful to be able to share some joy and comfort with visitors in an enchanting space full of magical music and light.”

As a stunning centrepiece of the light show, a huge mirror-ball high up in the Biome casts a blizzard of snowflake-like points of silvery light across the giant structure.

Elsewhere, the dramatic landscape of the tropical Rainforest Biome is lit up in many rich colours to create a compelling world of shadows and light.

Visitors can enjoy seasonal walks and trails through the spectacular 30-acre Outdoor Gardens and have a skate on the glittering ice-rink.

Social distancing safety measures mean that the rink operates with much-reduced numbers – so skaters have more space than ever before.

An enchanting video previewing Eden's Christmas programme can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOXgeMkNPBI.

On the new menu are turkey or vegetarian burritos, winter pizzas, seasonal sourdough melts and a host of sweet treats including doughnuts and crepes and festive gingerbread.

There are one-way routes throughout the Outdoor Gardens and Biomes. Visitors are asked to keep moving at all times through the Christmas experience so that everyone can enjoy the lights and music safely.

Eden continues to operate at reduced visitor capacity with pre-booked timed entry required for all guests.

For more information on Christmas at Eden, go to www.edenproject.com