Australia - Genazzano FCJ College, located in Kew, Melbourne, recently unveiled their new Madeline Centre for Music and Performing Arts.

The Madeleine Centre is a fully functioning performing arts venue, incorporating a series of classrooms, drama rooms, a gallery space and the impressive Montagner Auditorium. The 456 seat auditorium and the accompanying rooms are already heavily used each day, playing host to drama and theatre studies, music classes, band rehearsals, meetings, assemblies, seminars, concerts, recitals and theatre productions.

Lightmoves were contracted to supply and install the theatrical lighting, sound and lighting control packages for the new artistic hub. For the PA, Lightmoves turned JBL.

The main auditorium features a high ceiling, curved walls and minimal space in which to mount a speaker system. A JBL VRX line array was chosen, given its small footpr

UK - Audio Light Systems has recently completed work at the Theatre Royal Newcastle on the restoration project.

The ambitious development required the technical infrastructure to be replaced in the main auditorium and surrounding spaces. Audio Light Systems working to a Charcoal Blue specification completed the five-month build with the usual high standards required for this level of work.

Over 20 miles of cable, over 100 new panels were used and more than 3,500 man hours were taken during the short build period. The Audio Light Systems project engineer Dennis Martin used his extensive experience to make sure the project programme ran as smoothly as possible.

"The auditorium has been fully refurbished and it was a priority that newly installed facilities be discrete, if not invisible. This was a challenge, but the end result was outstanding. Doughty panels and IWB's wer

The Netherlands - The Dutch Maritime Museum - Het Scheepvaartmuseum - has reopened following major renovation. The museum consists of several themed exhibitions, object exhibitions and interactive exhibits. Rapenburg Plaza made an important contribution to the interior layout of the Museum.

Rapenburg Plaza is responsible for the complete media and lighting control, the major part of the audio-visual installations and also the entire technical content, including the lighting & sound design for the Voyage at Sea - an impressive maritime experience. A Richmond Sound Design SoundMan-Server Virtual Sound System with 96 track playback and 48 input and output channels handles all the sound content and effects as well as all audio from the video sources in this attraction.

The Voyage at Sea is a 20-minute show divided over five rooms in which the public is taken on a jou

UK - Newcastle's Theatre Royal reopened its doors to the public on Monday 12 September following an extensive £5m restoration project. The complex renovation drew on the theatrical expertise of UK theatre consultants, Charcoalblue.

Charcoalblue began work on the refurbishment project in September 2009. Managing director of the company Andy Hayles explains, "The scope of the restoration for this Grade I listed theatre was particularly ambitious, and included complete internal redecoration, new seating, new and refurbished pit lifts, new lighting positions and extensive rewiring. Charcoalblue was responsible for the design of all the technical systems and their integration within the historic fabric of the building, as well as advising on sightlines and seating layouts."

The works, which restored the original 1901 designs by theatre architect Frank Matcham in the

UK - David Atkinson Lighting Design (DALD) has recently completed the lighting design for the Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990s exhibition at the V&A, London.

This is the first in-depth exhibition of art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history: Postmodernism. It shows how postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement in the early 1970s and rapidly went on to influence all areas of popular culture including art, film, music, graphics and fashion.

The exhibition, designed by architects Carmody Groarke & APFEL (A Practice for Everyday Life), briefed DALD that the lighting design should be bold and dynamic, with good tonal contrast.

The installation is set out in three of the main temporary gallery spaces. The first gallery opening section also introduc

UK - The newly completed Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff - Wales' national music and drama conservatoire - opens to a new intake of students this month. Won by BFLS in international competition in 2007, the scheme comprises 450?seat chamber recital hall (the Dora Stoutzker Hall), a 180?seat theatre (the Richard Burton Theatre), four rehearsal studios, an exhibition gallery (the Linbury Gallery) as well as generous foyer areas, a terrace overlooking Bute Park and a new Café Bar.

The £22.5m project is funded by a grant from the Welsh Government, loan finance and £4m of philanthropic donations. The scheme has been designed to be BREEAM 'excellent'. The new buildings are situated within the Grade I listed Bute Park. Directly across the road from the new building is Cathays Park, the civic centre of Cardiff, consisting of a number of important liste

UK - Adlib's specialist installations division has completed the UK's first live music venue installation with an L-Acoustics KARAi system at the newly refurbished 1000 capacity Leeds University venue, Stylus.

Stylus is located in the basement building complex beneath the famous Leeds Uni Refectory, a gig renowned for hosting some landmark live performances in its day.

Adlib has a history of involvement in various capacities with Leeds University Students' Union (LUSU), who run all the venues on campus, and were one of the companies asked to propose a new sound design and system for Stylus, which was compiled by Adlib's Roger Kirby and John Hughes. Although the project funding process was initiated before his arrival in Leeds, the installation was co-ordinated for the Union by technical manager, Ryan Esson.

The new system - with six KARAis a side - is flown above Stylus's ex

USA - A new International Green Theatre Alliance (IGTA) has been launched at this year's LDI show in Orlando, Florida. The IGTA formalises the growing partnership between Julie's Bicycle (UK), which works on environmental sustainability across the creative industries in the UK, and the Broadway Green Alliance (USA), which works with the US theatre community and its patrons to adopt environmentally preferable practices.

The Alliance's first project is a new website www.igtalliance.com which will go live in December 2011 and provide an entry point for international practitioners seeking information and resources on environmentally sustainable best practice in the arts. The website will introduce the extensive sustainability programmes of alliance members and direct users to international resources and support networks.

Alliance members will be working together on a range of proj

Australia - European LED manufacturer Anolis has engineered and produced a custom lighting solution for a major new installation in the impressive foyer space of The Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)'s award winning theatre complex in Kensington, Sydney.

A new energy efficient lighting scheme has been installed, replacing 28 recessed 500W PAR 56 halogen fittings with the new Anolis ArcSource 48 MultiChip (MC) fixture, specially designed by Anolis for this project.

The Anolis ArcSource 48 MC consists of twelve 10W Cree MCE RGBW LED chips, which enable full and seamless RGB colour mixing plus an excellent selection of 'real' whites in a variety of colour temperatures.

NIDA's lighting supervisor Adrian Wright explains that top of their brief for the new lighting was to make a significant reduction in electricity consumption across NIDA's public areas. They al

UK - Sound Division was recently commissioned to install a background music system in the well known Hix restaurant in Brewer Street, Soho, London.

Hix is the third restaurant in the expanding chain of high-end eateries from chef and entrepreneur Mark Hix. Set in the heart of Soho it boasts an award winning restaurant on the ground floor and the celebrated Mark's in the basement, with its apothecary bar and an eccentric cocktail list.

Sound Division were asked to return to Hix to re-commission the music system that they had installed for the previous restaurant that traded on the site. In addition they were asked to upgrade the speaker system in Marks Bar, the basement bar lounge, to create a more vibrant atmosphere for the guests.

Having previously installed discreet JBL ceiling speakers in Marks Bar, a set of black JBL Control 25AV cabinet speakers were now specified and w

Finland - The architecturally provoking Korundi House of Culture is a new cultural centre in the Lapland capital of Rovaniemi. Formed from the old 1930s redbrick building of the Rovaniemi mail-van depot, the building has been expanded with a box extension designed in weathered, patinated steel.

The renovated original building is occupied by the Rovaniemi Art Museum, whilst the new extension provides a multipurpose 340-seat concert auditorium for the Lapland Chamber Orchestra and the varied programme of events and concerts that the venue will host. In addition to the museum and concert hall, the building provides for the storage of artworks, meetings, offices and workrooms as well as a café-restaurant and music shop for visitors.

The aesthetic of Korundi's addition was designed by architect Juhani Pallasmaa. Inside the auditorium, painter and graphic artist Prof. Jorma H

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET)'s rigging division recently supplied a BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring system to Production Services Ireland for use on the main stage of the Tennent's Vital music festival in Bangor Northern Ireland.

Production Services Ireland were awarded the full contract to supply all lighting and rigging for the festival, which returns for the first time since 2007 and featured top headline acts Eminem and The Script.

The BroadWeigh wireless load monitoring system is manufactured in the UK by Mantracourt Electronics. It offers a quick, easy-fit solution allowing riggers to instantly see forces being exerted on the suspended structure, avoiding potentially dangerous overloads.

Sean Pagel, Production Services Ireland's director comments, "It was great to use the BroadWeigh at Vital. Seeing the real-time load data in a proper live envi

UAE - Launching at IFSEC Arabia in November, Baldwin Boxall's new CARE2 range will be demonstrated to visitors at INTERSEC, Dubai (15-17January 2012).

CARE2 is an Emergency Voice Communication System which includes firefighter telephones, roaming telephones, disabled refuge points and disabled toilet alarms on one system. The new radial wired system is simple to install and operate.

Also on the stand will be the popular CallCare Assistance Call System and the well established VIGIL EVAS voice evacuation rack system.

(Jim Evans)

UK - The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh has recently completed the upgrade of the historic Great Hall. RCPE called in Audio Light Systems as they could provide audio, lighting & AV all from under the same roof. The brief was to install lighting, system control & audio in extremely sensitive surroundings.

The audio system is primarily for conference work, but is also used for foreground music at functions. QSC Acoustic Design speakers were installed as they are compact in size while still being horn loaded. The Acoustic Design subs were also discretely installed in existing wall cavities.

A Crestron processor is controlled wirelessly with an iPad or iPod, which gives user flexibility while also giving a great library of music. The Crestron processor controls the iLight lighting & QSC audio system (via an Allen & Heath DSP) using both presets and individual channel con

India - Close by the popular Juhu Beach in Mumbai is the new Hometown Café, the latest in restaurant brands from the China Gate group. The new venture, which occupies the space where Deltalia once stood, has a relaxed ambience.

Mumbai's Narain Pro Audio & Lighting has delivered the audio solution for the Hometown Cafe with Turbosound loudspeaker products, and the sights and sounds of the venue suggests that the company has done a very commendable job. The setup consists of six Impact55T compact passive two-way architectural speakers powered by NX Audio's MT-601 MK2 power amplifier, and two TCX-15B single 15" compact bandpass subwoofers powered by NX Audio's MT 800-MK2 amplifiers for the lower indoor level. A further six Impact55T and one TCX-15B sub cover the open-air terrace.

Discussing team Narain's experience of completing the project, Manoj Motwani said: "

Austria - Rental company Light and Sound has deployed an L-Acoustics Kiva WST line source system at the annual ORF-Tirol Oktoberfest at the Herbstmesse in Innsbruck.

With more than 20 leading acts and attendant sound engineers over five days, as well as daily live broadcasts, high demands are placed on the event's PA system. Light and Sound made good use of L-Acoustics' Soundvision 3D acoustic simulation program to create a Kiva/Kilo system that guaranteed optimal sound and speech intelligibility at every listening position.

The main system consisted of five Kiva cabinets and two Kilo low frequency extensions for left and right hangs, with six Kivas and two Kilos for out-fill. 12XT and 8XT coaxial speakers were placed on stage and used for in-fill and out-fill, with eight SB18 under the stage providing sub bass. The system was powered by six LA8 amplified controllers in LA-RAK

Singapore - Synergy AVL was awarded with the supply and installation tender of the National Art Council's Black Box Theatre for full theatrical production use.

As the name sugests, Black Box Theatre is painted completely black inside, and has a seating area of 128m2. The simple black room is able to bring many theatrical performances to life with the help of high quality sound and lighting systems. National Art Council's original Black Box Theatre lacked that certain quality in their sound and lighting systems. Synergy AVL's design and consulting team surveyed the existing system in the theatre and replaced them with components from the well-known brands that it carries.

A combination of Outline EIDOS 15, EIDOS 12 and EIDOS 118SW subwoofers have been installed. The EDIOS speakers are driven by Outline DPA 1004 digital power amplifiers - both made by Italian Audio manufacturer,

UK - No Saints, the leisure group set up by former Luminar Leisure boss Stephen Thomas, has added the Wonder brand to its growing portfolio, after acquiring four new sites in the south-east.

Known respectively as Wonder Lounge, Wonder Land and Wonder Years, the first fully-fledged nightclub (Wonder Land) opened recently in Sutton, Surrey.

Back in charge of the 900-capacity venue he once operated as Liquid, Thomas brought in Dakota House of Design (to work the Alice in Wonderland theme into an escapist nightclub interior), while Mark Damon of Cosmic Electronics renewed his company's long relationship with RCF to provide an end-to-end sound reinforcement solution.

"We have a long and successful track record working with RCF," he said, "and so we were 110% behind the idea of working with them on this project because we know their products are of high quality and

UK - Ian Kirby turned exclusively to the SGM catalogue for all his automated beam effects for Wonderland.

The lighting needed to be sufficiently versatile to cater for an entertainment programme ranging from comedy to burlesque, contortionists and acrobats to high-octane dance within a multi-role venue targeted at a slightly older age demographic. At the same time guests needed to feel they were interacting within a TV reality-type set.

"I think this was one of the reasons Steve [Thomas]contacted us," noted Kirby. "We have worked extensively in TV studio lighting, and it's programmes like X-Factor that audiences these days are used to seeing. SGM heads are perfect because they are quiet running, fully featured and produce beams of saturated colour."

Leading the charge are 10 new SGM X-5 white LED strobes - a revolutionary break from the traditional

Germany - Hallescher FC is one of the most successful clubs in Germany's Regional League North. The club has great sporting ambitions - as can be seen also in the club's infrastructure. The best example of this is the club's new stadium, which was completed in September 2011.

The Erdgas Sportpark, as it is known, has a seating capacity of over 15,000 and includes eight boxes, 320 business seats and 30 places for the handicapped. After the first match in the new stadium, against Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga on 20 September, the club was able to report a full house. Three days prior to this, local inhabitants were given an opportunity to admire the city's new sporting landmark at an open door event to celebrate the completion of the project.

To compete in the highest leagues from the standpoint of sound technology as well, the city of Halle commissioned the construction compan

USA - A long overdue renovation of the lobby and atrium at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas, began shortly after it was announced that the Hilton Anatole would be the NFL headquarters hotel for the XLV Super Bowl.

R2W's Dallas office was tapped to handle the design and installation of a new sound system for the atrium as well as other system required by the renovation.

The renovation consisted of gutting the existing lobby of the 1,606 room hotel and creating a new 11 story high atrium that features a prominent water element and new Media Grill + Bar. The 11,000 square foot space required an unobtrusive, distributed sound system for music playback in the area.

The hotel design team placed 25 custom light fixtures throughout the area and allocated space within the fixtures for loudspeakers.

"Our job was to come up with a system that would provide the audio qua

Denmark - Set amid the pastoral greenery of Denmark's Birker°d village, Mantziusgården Culture Centre has recently upgraded its venerable Meyer Sound UPA-1 loudspeakers of 21 years to a JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system. Stouenborg of Kastrup, Denmark handled the sound system design and installation.

Introduced three decades apart from each other, Mantziusgården's new self-powered JM-1P system and its previous conventionally powered UPA-1 loudspeakers are both point source systems from Meyer Sound. "As a company, Meyer Sound is built on an appreciation for excellent sound," says Thomas Normann L°ve, the venue's resident sound engineer. "This commitment is clearly heard in the exceptional performance of our Meyer Sound equipment."

With a seating capacity of 750 patrons, the intimate Mantziusgården Culture Centre stages a remarkably diverse array

UK - Interconnection specialist Harting presented the prize of an iPad 2 to Josh Lloyd, a design engineer at Britannia Row Productions, the lucky winner of a competition staged by Harting during PLASA 2011.

Harting used the PLASA 2011 Exhibition to feature its range of connectivity solutions specially tailored to communication and control applications in lighting, sound and automation systems for the theatre, concert and indoor/outdoor event sectors.

(Jim Evans)

USA - Free registration is now open for the PLASA Focus: Austin 2012 Professional Development Programme, a two-day programme of free educational seminars and workshops, running alongside PLASA Focus: Austin, on 22-23 February, 2012.

The programme has been designed by some of the industry's leading names and presents an opportunity for visitors to broaden their specialist knowledge and contribute to discussions about innovative projects and techniques, say organiser PLASA Events.

"Giving people the opportunity to develop their professional knowledge is key to the success of PLASA Focus: Austin 2012," comments PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths. "We're creating an opportunity to talk about the choices behind major projects in the region, from the Austin City Limits studio and The Long Center for Performing Arts, to seminars as broad and far-reaching as the use of lightin

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