Hillsborough Band of Life comes to Liverpool Cathedral

Band of Life sculpture. Photo: Julian Taylor/Claire Stringer

The special sculpture commissioned by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson to remember the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster is taking up temporary residence at Liverpool Cathedral from this Thursday July 3rd. It will remain here until the end of September.

The art–sculpture is a simple band representing the bond between the families, friends and fans who were brought together in a time for the love of the lost ones.

The band is a link between them.

A continuous circle of love bringing the city of Liverpool together to remember. It is a very minimal design to not detract from the lights representing the lost, bringing light to their life.

The Band of Life will reside in the Chapter House which was set aside for personal prayer on the day the Hillsborough Independent Panel published their report in September 2012. Bishop James, who chaired the Panel, himself prayed for each of the 96 there, where 96 candles burned after the report’s publication.

The Band of Life at Liverpoool's Anglican Cathedral
The Band of Life at Liverpoool’s Anglican Cathedral

Its arrival coincides with the special premiere of Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Memorial which takes place on Saturday July 5th. A recording of this piece, which launches this year’s Biennial, will also be heard in the Cathedral at 15:06 on August 6th and 25th, and September 3rd and 17th.

The Dean, the Very Revd Dr Pete Wilcox said “it is fitting that the Band of Life will be in our Chapter House over the summer. The cathedral played an important role as a place of peace and justice when the Panel’s report was published. The Chapter House played an important part in helping the families reflect and try to begin to terms with the enormity of what they heard on that day. I hope and pray that those who come to see the Band of Light will find, in the same way, that they are helped along the road to healing and peace.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I am delighted that the Band of Life will be installed at the Anglican Cathedral in time for the performance of Michael Nyman’s musical tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

“The sculpture is a perfect way for us to remember the 96 lives lost, seeing each light lit is as poignant today as when we first saw it.

“This is a stunning memorial and I hope I can encourage as many people from the city and beyond to go along to the Cathedral to see the Band of Life and reflect not only on the terrible loss of life suffered but also the bravery of the families.”