As 2021 gets underway with many of us in the UK still living under the strictest forms of lockdown, we must remember that better days are coming. In the meantime, it’s hard not to resonate with Sunset Boulevard’s ‘faded film star’ central protagonist, Norma Desmond (our cover star this month, as portrayed by Ria Jones), who sings of missing the sounds, lights and overcrowded hallways of backstage life. We feel you, Norma! Fitting then, that Leicester’s Curve chose the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical for its In Concert At Home offering this winter. The uniquely hybrid show - not quite traditional theatre, not quite film - played out across the empty venue, making use of the auditorium, boxes and corridors. Discover more inside!
Also this issue, Rob Halliday lifts the lid on London’s best kept secret - an incredible light, drone and firework spectacular over the River Thames to welcome in 2021.
New ways of working is a recurring theme these days. Many of us have had to adapt what we do and how we do it. A perfect example of this in action comes in the form of The Remote Project, an impressive livestreamed show with minimal on-site crew and an eye on future working practices that could help improve our industry’s green credentials.
Determined not to miss its traditional season opening slot this winter, Italy’s La Scala also found new ways to reach its audiences remotely, with augmented reality adding an exciting new dimension to opera classics.
Also: Simon Allen reviews the hotly-anticipated Midas Heritage-D HD96-24 digital console; we catch up with the team at Carallon; Simon Duff details the audio infrastructure at the Andermatt Concert Hall; and Rob Halliday meets the crew and creatives behind Pantoland at the Palladium. Plus, plenty more to enjoy . . .
Theatre gets ready for its close-up as Curve’s In Concert At Home series sees the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic escape the confines of the stage for a unique filmed production. Rob Halliday charts the magic in the making . . .
Rob Halliday details the remarkable feat of technology and professionalism that was the unannounced London New Year’s Eve spectacular . . .
Mike Clark discovers how Italy’s La Scala swapped its traditional season-opener for a virtual spectacular embracing the latest technical innovations . . .
Kate Lyon reports on the first fully remotely-controlled live music event and how this ‘new normal’ workflow could drive the industry’s green credentials . . .
Simon Allen reviews Midas’ latest digital mixing console that builds on the strengthsof the company’s Pro series . . .
Teodora Lyubomirova reports on the Scottish singer-songwriter’s recent livestream in support of #WeMakeEvents . . .
Simon Duff reports on a new concert hall in the Swiss Alps deploying an active acoustics system . . .
Rob Halliday meets the crew behind the big-name panto that enjoyed a fleeting run at the London Palladium this winter . . .
White Light has pooled its events know-how into delivering Thrive, an immersive health and safety training facility. Kate Lyon reports . . .
Carallon recently embraced an employee-ownership model, laying the groundwork for stability. LSi reports . . .
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