Night of the Proms is one of Europe’s biggest annually organised indoor events
Belgium - A fusion of pop and classical music from the world’s greatest composers, Night of the Proms ( is one of Europe’s biggest annually organised indoor events.
With the 2022 edition including Amy Macdonald, Kool & the Gang, Bart Peeters, Axelle Red and Fine Fleur, the Antwerp Philharmonic Orchestra (AOP) and house band, NotP Backbone, the audio for this complex and demanding show was skilfully executed by a highly experienced team, who have relied on the quality, flexibility and reliability of DiGiCo consoles for many years, along with a KLANG immersive in-ear monitoring system for 2022, all supplied by PRG Belgium.
At front of house, Tom Vuerstaek, who also designs the audio system, took care of the final mix on a DiGiCo Quantum 7 and Philippe Bosmans was on an SD10 for the wood, brass and percussion premix. Ben Artois handled premix for the choir and orchestra on a second SD10 backstage. At the monitor position Tim Habets was in charge of the artist and band mixes on an SD7, whilst Marc Zedda handled that duty for the orchestra, choir and conductor, deploying an SD5 and DMI-KLANG.
As well as the artists, many of whom did not bring their own engineer or band, the AOP included 60 musicians with at least one open live microphone each, and the five-strong NotP Backbone’s instrument setup featured the latest V-drum td50x, bass, electric and acoustic guitar, keys and rock percussion.
There was also a 24-person choir and three backing vocal singers, all on wireless mics and IEMs. Mr. RF, Pieter ‘Pita’ Tanghe, uses the SD11 shout mixer as well to PFL the receiver’s outputs via the MADI split coming from one of the four SD Racks. “Together with Amptec, who we can always count on for technical support, PRG’s Patrick Demoustier, well-known and respected as the previous sound designer and front of house engineer for NOTP, printed the guidelines for this setup already a long time ago but they still apply,” says Vuerstaek.
Vuerstaek notes that the biggest challenges for the 2022 edition were to reproduce the setup after a two-year hiatus in production, a tight time schedule and some new members in the 10-person sound crew.
“This is a fully live show with integration of show control tracks from our ‘Clickmeister and RME friend’ Wim Daans, via MADI,” says Vuerstaek. “With inputs, premixes and in-ear mixes, this all adds up to 480 audio channels @96Khz in the Optocore loop, so it was clear to me that we needed flexibility in the console programming. DiGiCo is an absolute winner for that.”
At the monitor position, the use of the DMI-KLANG was a revelation for Marc Zedda.
“KLANG was introduced by my predecessor Alexander ‘Schmoedi’ Schmidt and I picked up the session when he quit the project. My SD5 is on the Optocore loop and I connected to the DMI-KLANG via an Orange Box under my desk, with MADI to DMI-KLANG. Each musician’s preamp and monitor units (Glensound Symphony) received three stereo signals (classical section mix, rock mix and a mix with click, counts and talkbacks), plus their own instrument as a console’s direct out through Dante (Orange Box MADI to Dante).”
In July, Night of the Proms Summer Edition will take place as part of two 7,000 capacity Koksijde open air shows, this time with a slightly smaller orchestra. Dates for November and December have also been confirmed.
“By all accounts, we produced a good 2022 edition,” concludes Tom Vuerstaek. “The audience was very enthusiastic, and a lot of people have already bought their ticket for November or December 2023.”

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