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mxl-midwich-logosMidwich to distribute MXL Microphones in UK
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK/USA - MXL Microphones is expanding the availability of its Unified Communications/UCC product lines to customers in the UK by partnering with distributor Midwich.
“This opportunity has come at the perfect time for MXL as our distribution network is rapidly evolving to meet market need,” comments Trevor Fedele, MXL director. “The expansion of our distribution capabilities with Midwich benefits everyone in our supply chain, while also laying the groundwork for continued growth.”
“Midwich is delighted to provide MXL mics to our channel partners in the UK and Ireland,” adds Alison Charters, divisional manager at Midwich. “The company’s wide range of products improve audio quality and are an ideal solution for today’s market, whether you’re a solo user on the move, working from home or in the office environment. We see MXL mics as a key audio product for the evolving Unified Communication (UC) market, as we move towards a hybrid working model.”
“With the rapidly growing demand for remote work solutions, it is a vital time for manufacturers to increase product availability on a global scale,” continues Fedele. “This new partnership emphasises MXL’s core value of putting our customers’ current needs at the forefront of our business strategy. The entire team at MXL is thrilled to be working alongside Midwich, as we anticipate a successful and advantageous relationship for both parties, and most importantly, for our customers.”

plasa-webinarPLASA to host free webinar on UKCA
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

UK - PLASA, the lead association for the entertainment technology industry, is running a free webinar on Wednesday 24 February to help attendees better understand the basics of the new UKCA marking which is now required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain.
Following on from a series of webinars covering business, trade and HR, this session will explore terms and definitions that relate to the new UKCA and CE UKNI markings. PLASA will be joined by expert host Rob Hine, head of commercial partnerships at BSI (an approved body for UKCA), who will break down what these terms mean in the context of UKCA and what this means for those placing products on the market. Rob will also take the time to answer any questions.
This webinar will prove essential for both UK and international businesses who sell products in the UK. Following the session, attendees will be given additional resources to help them navigate the new marking procedures.
‘Understanding the basics of UKCA’ will run from 11am-12:30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 24 February. Pre-registration is essential via: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FLEok3ZiQWikUpqNDa8AMg

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 February 2021


Under Pressure - Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under renewed pressure to provide greater financial security to the arts sector’s self-employed workforce in the forthcoming Budget, as the findings of a new inquiry warn of a talent exodus without support.
The Inquiry into the Future of Self-Employment has been carried out by Prospect – the parent union of BECTU – and calls on the chancellor to end “the exclusions from the government’s income support packages”, which have seen millions of self-employed and freelance workers fall through the gaps of existing financial support schemes.
As part of the inquiry’s research, a survey of more than 2,200 self-employed workers was carried out, of which 39% were trade union members.
BECTU head Philippa Childs gave evidence to the inquiry and said: "Workers in the creative industries have been left with little to no support from government schemes in the last year, resulting in a financial crisis for freelancers across the UK. I urge the chancellor to take on board the recommendations in this report, end the exclusion of millions of freelancers from government income support packages, and set out a new deal for freelancers and the self-employed for the future."
A Treasury spokesman said: "We’ve invested more than £280 billion throughout the pandemic to protect millions of jobs and businesses, and extended our self-employed and furlough schemes through to April so that people have certainty that help is in place. At the upcoming Budget we’ll outline the next stages of our plan for

 
power-usersProcom joins Ctrl for iPad user group
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

UAE - Procom Middle East has been recognised as a ‘power user’ of ON LX's Ctrl for iPad App.
Procom is a professional audio, lighting, video, rigging, and stage effects equipment supplier based in the UAE with a wide portfolio of entertainment technology brands hardware sales and distribution.
Ctrl for iPad first made its debut in 2018 and has been used in over 56 countries with over 21,000 downloads in the past six months alone. The idea behind the application is to give AV integrators and live events technicians a canvas to create a bespoke control interface using images, buttons, sliders and more, all capable of sending commands to different pieces of AV hardware.
Wiam Boutine of Procom comments, "Dynamic and complex lighting, audio and video installations are no longer exclusive to professional venues and sophisticated event stages. They are everywhere: from fitness studios to retail shops. With that, comes the need for an easy-to-use interface that operates across control platforms and communication protocols. Ctrl for iPad is just that. It creates the bridge between the most advanced controls systems, such as Avolites and Madrix, and a fully customized visual interface on an iPad. We are looking forward to supporting Ctrl for iPad users in the Middle East market."
ON LX’s operations director James Walton adds, “We’re incredibly proud to welcome Procom as a power user. With an expert team, a wealth of project knowledge, a strong integration background and an impressive project portfolio, we feel they'll be of great assistance to

 
 
lightwareLightware strengthens West Coast presence
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced the opening of its newest branch to expand its presence across the West Coast area. Co-incidentally, Steve Alexander joins as general manager of the US West Region.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve Alexander to our team,” says Jason Tirado president, Lightware Inc. “Steve and I have been personal friends and professional colleagues for decades. Steve is one of the brightest minds in AV and one of the smartest people I know. He will be charged with ramping up our presence in the thirteen states in the Western Region.”
“Lightware has been a growing presence in the market for the last several years,” says Alexander. “After meeting the team and completing my research, I am fully convinced that the Lightware brand is at a tipping point. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling development than using my experience to create even more success for Lightware.”

 
leaLEA Professional extends US sales network
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

USA - LEA Professional has partnered with Lienau AV to serve the company’s growing market in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.
Lienau AV was established in 1948 by founder Charlie Lienau to help electronics manufacturers develop their brands and connect them with the right distribution partners.
“We look for manufacturing partners that have a strong sense of brand identity and unique technologies that provide real value,” commented Chris Hutnick, partner, Lienau AV Associates. “We also like partners with a clear long-term vision. As you might expect from a company that’s been around for three generations, we like to grow things deliberately from the ground up. Establishing strong roots early to provide a stable foundation for maximum growth over time is what we’re all about.”
While 2020 was a challenging year for the industry as a whole, LEA Professional continued its growth trajectory.
“Our solutions are a perfect fit for a world where remote work is the norm,” said Joey Palkowitch, North America sales manager, LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in demand for LEA Professional solutions over the past year, with many integrators utilizing not only the remote functionality but realizing the potential of a recurring revenue model. We look forward to continuing on this growth path with Lienau AV.”

 
 
sj-award-2021ABTT announces Stephen Joseph Award
Monday, 15 February 2021

UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an award to commemorate the life and work of the influential theatre practitioner and pioneer of theatre in-the-round.
A statement from the ABTT says: “Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants, now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.
This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.”
ABTT Stephen Joseph Award specifications:
There are three categories from which one recipient of the award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the following categories:
1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.

 
showlight1Virtual Showlight issues Call for Speakers
Friday, 12 February 2021

World - Following the recent announcement of Virtual Showlight 2021 which will take place online on 25 May, 2021, Showlight is renewing its Call for Papers from speakers keen to be a part of this inaugural event.
Showlight has always centred on its fascinating programme of papers, delivered by lighting practitioners from around the world. Determined to uphold the spirit of the popular quadrennial event despite the global restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Showlight will treat its delegates to a day of talks and networking opportunities online that give a flavour of the full event.
Submit your ideas
The organisers are therefore issuing a fresh call for papers to anyone involved in lighting - be they lighting designers, lighting directors, directors of photography, architectural lighting designers or associated crafts like programmers and manufacturers - to submit papers ideas suitable for presentation in the virtual conference on 25 May. Papers are to be 20 - 30 minutes in length, followed by a Q&A session. “Full technical support will be given in advance, so don’t be daunted by the virtual platform,” says Showlight.
“We aim for variety, across topics relevant to all aspects of the lighting industry today, and we envisage this will be especially appealing to speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event. We want to hear about your experiences, your ambitions, your inspirations, your concerns, your successes and your failures. We are not looking for simple product promotio

 
 
zero-88-new-online-training-sessionZero 88 presents further free online training
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Zero 88 has announced a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021, presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.
Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for re-watching ‘and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills’.
Most of the training is focussed on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.
This follows on from a considerable number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and COVID restrictions kicked in.
So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on their YouTube channel.
“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward.
The sessions are crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups – those interested in the brand and the architecture; those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application; and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get

 
mtnMTN Shop launches UK website
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - MTN Shop EMEA, an E-commerce platform offering workwear, safety products, and rigging & lifting equipment, has proved popular across Europe since entering the international market in 2017. Building on this success, MTN has recently launched its exclusive UK website, shopmtn.co.uk, to provide their UK customers with a Brexit-proof shopping experience.
UK visitors will now experience seamless navigation across multiple collections, with over 5,000 products from over 20 industry-leading brands available from a one stop shop for businesses and consumers alike, says the company.
“Over the past five years in the EMEA market, MTN Shop has adapted based on our customers’ needs. Launching a UK based site with a Brexit friendly purchasing process for our UK friends and colleagues is an essential part of our constant evolution to service and support our valued customer base,” says MD Ron Rose.

 
 
ctme-supports-students-3CTME supports Sharjah arts students
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UAE - Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) is supporting Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) in their mission to train undergraduate students in performing arts sectors, with a particular focus on supporting students in the production arts.
CTME has partnered with SPAA to deliver technical information and guidance to students to further their knowledge and passion for entering the production world. CTME’s industry professionals have already provided several engaging classes, sharing their years of experience and expertise around video elements within the live events industry.
The partnership has progressed well over the past six months, and CTME is now providing additional support by supplying various video equipment for the students to train on.
CTME is keen to engage with the academic sector and with SPAA in particular as this will help increase the number of skilled technicians within the region.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer support to this worthwhile Academic initiative, and we look forward to working with the staff and students in developing the production arts skillsets within the region,” says Lee Forde, Creative Technology UAE general manager.
Professor Peter Barlow, SPAA executive director, says, “A massive thank you to our creative industry friends, Creative Technology ME, for this excellent donation of projectors for our students to work with. It is my sincere hope that SPAA graduates will soon be working with them, having acquired the necessary skills, because of Creative Technology’s generosity.

 
peter-thomas-at-tape-londonPMC marks 30 years
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - Loudspeaker pioneer PMC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of ‘Best of British’ loudspeaker design and manufacture for both the international professional music production and audiophile markets.
Peter Thomas, PMC founder and owner, comments on the occasion: “When I started the company with my friend and colleague, Adrian Loader, I had no idea that our audio knowledge and passion for music would one day end up with our small company designing and building universally respected loudspeakers for audiophiles and for some of the biggest artists, producers and audio facilities in the world.”
PMC was established in 1991 by Thomas who was then a BBC engineer, and FWO Bauch engineer Adrian Loader, in response to requirements from the BBC for a monitor speaker that could handle the high sound levels required for pop and rock monitoring, but with ultra-high resolution. The pair created their first loudspeaker, the ‘Big Box’, in Peter’s garage and accompanying electronics in Adrian’s garage. Once refined and renamed the BB5, it was installed into BBC Maida Vale Studios and so started the journey of discovery and invention to perfect the art of loudspeaker design that continues today.
Shortly after the introduction of the BB5 and formation of PMC, Thomas and Loader launched their first domestic loudspeaker, the LB1. The company now has a healthy reputation in the home audio and custom installation sectors, with products that bring studio quality audio reproduction into the home.
Thomas explains why th

 
 
stage-handStagehand Crew Relief Fund reaches over £1m
Wednesday, 10 February 2021

UK - The Stagehand COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund, launched in September 2020, achieved its target of raising £1m by the end of 2020 and now looks to building on the £1.17m raised in order to continue supporting live events industry workers experiencing hardship in 2021.
As a result, a third round of grant applications will be open until 12pm on 12 February. The grants of £500 help crew facing financial crisis and experiencing food poverty.
Donations to the COVID-19 Crew Relief Fund have been received from PPL, BPI / BRIT Awards, Universal Music Group, Sony Music, The Co-Op, SJM Concerts, artists, artist managers and many individuals including some by anonymous donors.
Prints for Music, the photography sale created by Ed Robinson who, together with 39 other photographers, donated images depicting musical heroes throughout the ages. The campaign saw significant funds go towards the target. Grass roots fundraising activity was also very important. 
A second #ILoveLive Crowdfunder Prize Draw Campaign will launch on 17 February and is already attracting some significant artists. Acts including The 1975, Foo Fighters and Jack Garratt will donate prizes. The #ILoveLive campaign was spearheaded by artist manager and promoter David Stopps with Andy Lenthall and Mike Lowe at Stagehand.
Mike Lowe, the chair of Stagehand’s Board of Trustees, comments: “We know that when live shows can take place again in financially viable ways, the industry will be extremely busy. Artists, festivals and venues just want to get back to work and the public are

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Pay Freeze - Backstage theatre workers across the UK will have their pay frozen until April next year, under temporary contract changes aimed at helping the industry reopen following the pandemic. UK Theatre and BECTU have concluded a temporary COVID-19 Variation Agreement, which came into effect on 18 January and replaces the current UK Theatre/BECTU agreement until 2022.
Although BECTU members voted in favour of the amendments, the union said they were not happy with the changes. The changes will not impact separately negotiated house agreements with individual venues, but local negotiations can take place to vary house agreements in line with the temporary COVID-19 Variation Agreement.
The UK Theatre/BECTU agreement covers pay and working conditions for offstage roles in theatres across the UK in areas including box office, administration, technical, front of house, stage door, catering staff, cleaners, wigs and wardrobe.
Air Quality - London’s Arcola Theatre is working with scientists from Imperial College London to explore how the air quality in arts venues affects the spread of viruses. According to the theatre, the project will explore “how increased airflow can be used by venues and performance spaces to reduce viral transmission”, to increase the safety of theatregoers. As part of the project, the Arcola will work with scientists to explore ways it can increase airflow within its own indoor spaces and use the findings to facilitate conversations about airflow in other venues.
Executive director Ben Todd said: “Since the

 
 
sourceSource Distribution wins Arturia award
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

UK - Source Distribution, exclusive distributor in the UK & Ireland of Arturia products, has been presented with the award of Arturia Best Distributor for 2020. This award, given by Arturia company directors, recognises efforts across a multitude of activities, from sales and fulfilment, to marketing, communications and support.
Commenting on the award, Arturia area sales manager Patrice Martin-Coulibaly said: "2020 was a year of unpredictable challenges and enormous shifts in the way that our industry operates, further amplified by the fact that it was one of our most ambitious as a company. Our partners in distribution play a crucial role in communicating this ambition, our passion, and our message to musicians worldwide - and none more so than Source Distribution. Once again, they've not just risen to the challenges that 2020 presented, but proven themselves to be instrumental in the success of Arturia's mission - and highly deserving recipients of our Best Distributor 2020 award."
Source Distribution director of sales and marketing Darren Power said: “What a great way to start another interesting year. 2020 obviously brought us all some challenges and winning this award with a partner such as Arturia during this time is testament to the talents and hard work shown by my team here at Source Distribution.. Thank you to Arturia for their consistent cooperation and acknowledgement of our work together, by way of this award.”

 
malcolm-chanPrism Sound appoints SSL Asia as distributor
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Singapore - Audio conversion specialist Prism Sound has appointed SSL Asia Pte as its new distributor for Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, with responsibility for its entire product range including the recently launched ADA-128 modular audio conversion system and its range of audio interfaces such as Lyra, Titan and Atlas.
Covering the South East Asia region, SSL Asia was originally established to represent console manufacturer SSL but now handles distribution for many other well know pro audio brands including Quested Speakers, Warm Audio, JoeCo, Antelope Audio, Konig&Meyer, AEA Ribbon Microphones and Chandler Limited. Its client base covers all section of the audio industry, from recording and broadcast through to live sound and the home studio market.
The company’s headquarters in Singapore has a fully equipped demo facility where customers can try out various products. Alongside sales and distribution, it also handles turn-key projects ranging from simple studio installations to complex solutions, such as an entire nine-room postproduction suite with an AuroMax-ready Immersive mixing theatre that it recently designed and built for a client.
“The collective experience of our team is immense,” says SSL Asia’s general manager Malcolm Chan. “We believe in letting the products we represent speak for themselves in terms of sonic quality and in Prism Sound’s case the brand has an established international reputation that goes hand-in-hand with the other brands that we represent, so it’s a very naturally partnership,”
Mark E

 
 
mpts-2022Media Production Show postponed until 2022
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

UK - The Media Production & Technology Show, scheduled for May 2021, has been postponed until next year.
The event will now take place from 11-12 May 2022 back at Olympia and for the first time will be held in the National Hall.
The decision to move the show a full 12-months and reschedule into May 2022 has not been taken lightly, say the organisers. It has been made because of continued questions about the rest of 2021 and the possibility of hosting large scale events, as well as the availability of venues and other industry events already booked into the latter part of this year.
Additionally, with some form of social distancing and limitations on public gatherings likely to be in place for some time to come, organisers decided that its customers and partners would need time to reasonably plan and invest in the event to maximise their attendance at the show.
“The health and wellbeing of exhibitors, visitors and our staff is of utmost priority to us and we feel this is the best course of action for all, said Charlotte Wheeler, event director. “It has not been an easy decision to make, and we are deeply disappointed that the show will not take place this year. Following all the hard work from the team and all of the industry support we have received, this was going to be their biggest show yet. But now more than ever it is important that the industry support each other and navigate through these difficult times.”

 
petitionCarry On Touring campaign gathers momentum
Tuesday, 9 February 2021

UK - Artists including Sir Elton John and Radiohead are putting pressure on the government to resolve the problems around post-Brexit EU touring. UK artists will face red tape and fees for visas to play in some EU countries.
Sir Elton John told The Guardian: "Either the Brexit negotiators didn't care about musicians, or didn't think about them, or weren't prepared."
But Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage said the government had "pushed" for a solution and the door was still "open". She told MPs on Monday that the government had put forward a "very straightforward" plan to allow musicians to travel without work permits, drafted "in consultation with experts from the UK to creative sectors". She added: "Quite simply the EU rejected this proposal."
Brussels has previously argued the opposite, saying it was in fact the UK that turned down its offer.
Meanwhile, a growing number of MPs and Peers are rallying behind Tim Brennan’s petition and call for visa free travel for touring artists and professionals
Brennan’s Carry on Touring campaign seeks to secure free EU movement for touring artists and professionals. Carry on Touring is calling on the Prime Minister and the UK Government to take action and re-open negotiations.
Tim’s petition which has almost 300,000 signatures. asks the UK Government to negotiate a free cultural work permit to allow touring professionals visa free travel throughout the 27 EU states and to secure a Carnet exception for touring equipment.
“Support for my petition has been phenomenal,” says

 
 
robe-shoreline-cityShoreline City Church celebrates with Robe
Monday, 8 February 2021

USA - Shoreline City Church (SCC) held a fully social distanced and masked Covid-safe Christmas Eve service and celebration at the American Airlines Center (AAC) in Dallas which featured a diversity of performances by multiple artists and a flurry of different vocalists from the church, all backed by their house band.
The church asked Josh Beard and Jacob Vanvlymen from Houston, Texas-based production design specialist Visual Edge to create a memorable production design.
They chose Robe BMFL moving lights – a mix of BMFL Blades, BMFL WashBeams and BMFL FollowSpots – to be at the core of the lighting rig.
Visual Edge was initially asked to present some design ideas which would incorporate lighting and video by SCC’s technical director Jeremy Hix. Three concepts were presented and one selected in which automation was also central to the design.
Taking into account the idiosyncrasies of a socially distanced audience, Josh and Jacob knew the importance of the design being “immersive” and able to reach out and touch everyone in the room, transferring the energy and action of everything happening onstage.
Automation helped achieve this, allowing completed shifts in the stage architecture and plenty of visual surprises that could be revealed throughout the event.
Movement also enabled “supersizing” the rig at key moments to make the environment look and feel huge, sweeping everyone up and into it. Furthermore, working in conjunction with a large ‘blow-through’ LED screen upstage, it helped create a series of unique p

 
slxSLX supports Unskilled dance production
Monday, 8 February 2021

UK - SLX, specialist technical supplier to theatres, touring productions, broadcast and live events, worked alongside young artist, Cameron Flynn - a member of New Adventures dance company on tour with Matthew Bourne’s production of The Red Shoes until the pandemic hit – as he created a digital performance that would speak to the challenges faced by artists nationwide. The performance, titled Unskilled, is available to watch online.
Cameron says: “I was determined to use this time to do something meaningful. I didn’t want to moan about it but I wanted to convey a world where dance, performance and theatre didn’t exist yet all around were individuals trying to fit uncomfortably into other jobs, with their performative skill invisible and dreams to perform bursting to get out of them. It certainly has parallels with now as so many of my peers are working in roles simply to get by whilst the whole cultural industry remains largely closed. We’re all out there in the shadows doing other jobs.
“I began to flesh out my idea with the support of a group of friends, and then New Adventure’s heard about the project and were keen to invest some funding as part of their Young Associate Artist program to help us realise this vision. That’s when it really started to take shape.
Through being part of creating the whole production, I have been exposed to all the hard work and skill that is needed behind the scenes to make productions run and that has been such an important part of it. When I

 
 
grovetheatreDunstable Grove Theatre adds more Mavericks
Monday, 8 February 2021

UK - On 21 April 2007, The Grove Theatre in Dunstable held its opening gala hosted by actor Brian Blessed. The following day, its first show, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, began a one-week run. From that point on, the 750-seat venue looked like it would never slow down, staging over 5,000 shows and events in a 13-year period. Then the COVID-19 pandemic brought its busy schedule to an abrupt halt.
Although the theatre had to close its doors to the public during the lockdown, activity within its walls didn’t stop. With the popular venue empty, its technical director Richard Shrubb and his team were more readily able to upgrade its lighting rig by adding 16 of the new Chauvet Professional Force series fixtures supplied by its long-time vendor 10 out of 10 Productions.
“Grove Theatre was opened well over a decade ago, and was still using a sizeable number tungsten fixtures in its rig,” said Paul Need of 10 out of 10 Productions. “The lockdown proved to be a suitable time to commence this work as there were no dates in the diary for any performances. Richard and his team wanted to bring the rig in to this century. They also appreciated the savings in power they could expect from both their FOH and stage lighting, as well as the savings in replacement lamps. Also, having 16 moving fixtures in the rig will reduce their change-over and focusing times.”
Thanks to the support of the theatre’s patron, the Central Bedfordshire Council, Need and the 10 out of 10 Productions team were able to install 12 Maverick Force1 Spot and

 
audio-technicaPétrotey and A-T France to represent Genelec
Monday, 8 February 2021

Europe - Genelec has confirmed the appointment of Audio-Technica France to handle the French distribution of its studio and AV loudspeaker ranges, with Gilles Pétrotey joining the Audio-Technica team to spearhead Genelec sales in the region.
This new distribution partnership is effective from 1 March 2021. With Audio-Technica already handling the distribution of Genelec products in the Netherlands and Spain, this move further strengthens the relationship between both companies, which will also benefit from the three decades of pro audio experience that the highly regarded Pétrotey brings, says the company.
Having held senior positions at Yamaha, Beyer, Lexicon and the TC Group, Pétrotey joined the Music Tribe organisation to oversee Western European sales - with particular responsibility for the TC Electronic, Tannoy, Lab Gruppen and Midas brands. His appointment enables Audio-Technica France to significantly expand Genelec’s regional brand presence, embrace new business opportunities and both support and engage with local customers more effectively.
Petrotey comments, “To have the opportunity to be part of the Audio-Technica team in France, and to represent Genelec, is doubly exciting. Professional loudspeakers are a particular passion of mine, so the prospect of being involved with the undisputed market leader in this field is something I’ll relish.”
Genelec international sales director Ole Jensen adds, “I’ve known Gilles for many years and have had the pleasure of working alongside him. I can’t think of anyone better qu

 
 
guildhallGuildhall School announces new online courses
Monday, 8 February 2021

UK - Guildhall School of Music & Drama has announced 15 new online courses that will run from April – July 2021. The school has transferred its most popular short courses online and created a range of new ones, working with tutors to ensure that they are “just as enriching and memorable as they would be within the building”.
The courses cover music, drama, music production for young women and girls, sound design for theatre, video mapping and an introduction to game audio. Participants will have the opportunity to learn with Guildhall School staff members, as well as guest tutors, in a range of workshops all held on Zoom.
In addition to these courses, Guildhall School is hoping to run several in-person Summer Schools from July - August. For a full list of in-person courses and to register your interest, you can go to the website here. Guildhall School hopes to be able to confirm whether these will go ahead at the beginning of April 2021. The courses would run at the School in London from 12 July to 7 August.
Online courses that may be of particular interest to LSi readers include:
An Introduction to Video Projection Mapping: Online - “This one-week course will give participants a unique opportunity to learn and develop the necessary creative and technical skills to prepare and project video onto a 3D structure, using industry standard video projection software Resolume Arena 7. Participants will b

 
vslVirtual Showlight set for May
Monday, 8 February 2021

World - Following the postponement of Showlight 2021 which had been set to take place this May in Fontainebleau, France, its organisers have announced that a one-day Virtual Showlight will be held in its place “as a temporary interlude”. The live online event will take place on Tuesday 25 May 2021 between the hours of 15.00 – 23.00 BST. The date coincides with the final day of the original event and the time has been chosen to best accommodate a global audience.
Virtual Showlight will host an online presentation of papers, each up to 30 minutes in length, from international keynote speakers, plus a live Panel Discussion. Q&A sessions will follow each paper with delegates able to message their questions via the chairperson.
The remainder of the time will stay true to the spirit of Showlight with scheduled breaks between sessions providing opportunities for delegates, speakers and sponsors to network in ‘breakout rooms’ where they can spend the time mixing and mingling with others, both socially and within interest groups, in a virtual way.
Virtual speakers wanted
Showlight is issuing a fresh Call for Speakers to enrich the Virtual Showlight programme and make the most of the opportunities presented by the virtual format. “We envisage this will be especially appealing for those speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event,” say the organisers. Ideas should be submitted to papers@showlight.org
Virtual sponsors wanted
Sponsorship opportunities are available t

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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