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Production Arts students at York College were in the spotlight at the National Railway Museum when they took part in the Locos in a Different Light competition, as part of the Illuminating York festival. Their task was to light up the Mallard and its sister locomotives, and hundreds of people flocked to see their spectacular lighting displays.


The competition involved student teams from across the UK experimenting with different lighting effects. They were judged by industry professionals who considered theatricality, energy consumption, conservation and safety. York College was judged second in the competition, just pipped to the post by the Da Vinci Studio School from Hertfordshire. In previous years the competition has been a huge hit with performing arts students, with many going on to bigger and brighter careers in stage lighting. Says Nic Schneider: “Our students did very well, they produced a creative lighting design around the Mallard and its sister locomotives.”

Tobias Lumb project manager for the Mallard 75 series of events and one of the judges said, “Our annual lighting competition has always been a huge success, and this Locos in a Different Light has been our greatest yet. The calibre of the students work has been impressive and the judges had a tough task in picking a winner! We're looking forward to seeing the spectacular displays around these iconic locomotives for the next four nights and welcoming members of the public into the museum to enjoy what the students have created.”

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