Installation News

rcmAC-SP lighting system for RCM Shenkman Studio
Thursday, 2 March 2017

UK - A.C. Special Projects Ltd. (AC-SP) has specified, supplied, installed and programmed a versatile colour-changing performance and house lighting system for the Belle Shenkman Studio at the prestigious Royal College of Music (RCM), London.
The RCM is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from more than 60 countries for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. Situated in South Kensington, the RCM's teaching and performance facilities are amongst the highest technical standards in the country for musicians studying at undergraduate, masters or doctoral level.
The project brief for AC-SP was to provide a multi-purpose lighting solution for the RCM's Belle Shenkman Studio, which is used by students to make video recordings of musical performances for their portfolios.
Up until now the college had been using portable lighting for student performances in the studio, but it wanted to upgrade to a fixed installation in order to save on setup time, as well as adding optional coloured lighting for filming performances. In addition, the lighting needed to be ultra-quiet in operation, so it wouldn't add any noise to video performances recorded in the studio.
Separate from the performance lighting, RCM also wanted to upgrade the studio's existing house lighting fixtures to newer technology, whilst retaining other existing lighting used for photography in the room. The mounting solution also needed to provide the ability to easily move the position of the fixtures, along with a very user-friendly cont

musiluzSpanish music school invests in Qu-24
Thursday, 2 March 2017

Spain - The Musiluz Sound School, based in Malaga, has invested in Allen & Heath’s Qu-24 compact digital mixer as part of an update to the institute’s AV equipment.
Founded 10 years ago, Musiluz is a nationally renowned training centre for DJ and music production. The Qu-24 is not only used for the music production and live music courses but also post production audio for film and television.
“It is very important for us to have a compact, quality mixer that we can use in both the theory and practical classes. Our research showed that Allen & Heath had the system that best suited our needs for quality as well as functionality and integration with the most popular programs on the market,” comments Ruben Albendín, founder and director of Musiluz.
“The Qu-24 not only meets our expectations but has exceeded them! We are very impressed with the quality of its preamps, the motorized faders, Qu-Drive direct recording / playback, DAW integration, and the touchscreen and iPad app, which are fast and easy to use.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
the-old-church-portlandHigh praise for Alcons in Portland
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

USA - The Old Church is a non-profit entertainment and event venue in the West End cultural district of Portland, Oregon. Already renowned as a space for acoustic and classical performances, the recent installation of an Alcons Audio LR7 system has made a significant difference in attracting a wider range of performers and audiences.
Originally built in 1882, a dwindling congregation meant that in 1967 an alternative use had to be found for the building or it faced demolition. A band of Portland citizens formed a non-profit organization to preserve the building and use it as a performance space to enhance the local community.
The Old Church is a contemporary, comfortable and accessible space, but the board of directors is always looking at ways to improve it. Recently they raised $272,000 with the aim of upgrading it to become a world-class concert hall. Gary Stokes of Stokes Sound - FOH engineer for kd lang and audio engineer for Queen and Adam Lambert - was brought in to assist a project which would include the installation of a permanent sound reinforcement system.
“Throughout its life, the building has been a favorite location for classic and acoustic music in Portland,” he says. “It never had a permanent sound reinforcement system before, the only systems used were portable, which were brought in if needed.”
In 1972 The Old Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent example of Carpenter Gothic architecture. This, together with a recent internal restoration, made installing a permanent audio system

 
rumba-room-live1Elation helps energise Anaheim nightlife
Thursday, 23 February 2017

USA - December saw the opening of Rumba Room Live, an upscale Latin-themed nightclub and concert venue in Anaheim, California. Located at the Anaheim GardenWalk and built new from the ground up, the club, which features state-of-the-art Elation entertainment lighting and video systems, has energised the nightclub scene in Anaheim. The 10,000sq.ft venue has the flexibility to host 1,000 people and hold a variety of events yet maintains a chic, intimate feel.
Working with the club’s architect and ownership to develop the design and look of the venue was Michael Betancourt, general manager at Southern California-based Props AV, the production company that designed, supplied and installed the Elation lighting and video package. “When the Rumba Room Live project first came to the table the feel that they wanted to go for was a Latin-themed nightclub and live venue with a sexy Las Vegas feel,” Betancourt says.
“It was a completely new idea for Anaheim. With that being said, the sexiness and the party needed to start on the exterior. Elation lighting features throughout the inside of the venue - lobby, dance floor and stage – but it is outside where the lighting makes its first impression.”
Downlighting the Rumba Room Live facade in a wash of customizable shades are 12 Elation SixPar 200IP colour changers, weatherproof fixtures with six-colour LED multi-chips. “We wanted to really create a sensual yet inviting look and the SixPars do the job perfectly,” stated Ramon Chavez, VP of business operations at the club, who helped oversee construc

 
 
exteriorQU-SB installed in multi-purpose Napier venue
Thursday, 23 February 2017

New Zealand - Allen & Heath’s new QU-SB ultra-compact intelligent mixer has been installed in the multi-purpose Returned Service Association (RSA) venue in Napier, New Zealand.
The venue, founded to provide a variety of sporting and social activities for army veterans and their families, was in need of an audio refurbishment and a more sophisticated zone controller to manage five zones. The venue offers activities from keep fit and bowls to gaming and live music entertainment.
“There are five designated zones in the venue: Main Lounge, TAB restaurant, Library, Smokers Deck, and Casino. There are a wealth of events going on, often simultaneously. For example, on a Wednesday they have a trivia night and want a laptop and microphone in the main lounge, radio on the deck and casino, and muted zones in the TAB and library,” explains Kieran McKinlay from installer, Dusk2Dawn.
McKinlay stereo-paired and linked all the venue’s audio inputs, which consisted of a bluetooth audio interface, a rack mounted AM/FM tuner, SKY Sport, a Laptop Interface, and a UHF Radio. All these channels were processed and setup within the Qu-Pad App. As the venue runs a few different settings within the zones, some presets were saved as scenes and recalled by patching them as soft keys.
“Once the system was set up, I deleted the software off their iPad and assigned all the required level controls to each page of the QU-Control App. They simply click on each bottom tab to access each zone and make volume alterations if needed. I also designed custom wallpapers

 
city-walk-dubai-2Christie Pandoras Box at Meraas City Walk
Thursday, 23 February 2017

UAE - Christie Pandoras Box is synchronizing more than 100m pixels of Float4 content at Meraas City Walk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. City Walk was conceived as a destination par-excellence for both locals and tourists complete with upscale shopping, dining and living with a park-like ambience by Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company with extensive assets in real estate, retail, hospitality and entertainment.
Meraas approached Float4, an award-winning studio that designs and produces site-specific interactive multimedia installations, to create a digital feature for City Walk. The scope grew to encompass an outdoor digital experience that includes more than 30 LED installations, nearly 30 projectors, and a water fountain show that uses water screens. In total, there are over 100m pixels that cover a space the size of 12 football fields.
“Meraas wanted to differentiate themselves,” says Alexandre Simionescu, co-founder of Float4. “One of the things they wanted to do was create a location that was pedestrian-friendly. It’s not something that you find in Dubai, so they’re very innovative. They like to question things beyond ‘can we do it bigger’ and ask ‘can we do it better?’“
Float4 worked with XYZ Cultural Technology, a long-time Christie partner, to design a system powerful enough to synchronize and control all 100 million pixels. XYZ used Christie Pandoras Box Players, Managers and Widget Designer to manage the entire digital experience.
Eric Cyr, partner and co-founder, XYZ, says, “Christie Pandoras Box includes the

 
 
4evac-albert-four4EVAC Voice Alarm packs a punch at ISE
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Europe - 4EVAC rerports its best ISE yet, showcasing its Compact 500 Voice Alarm System which offers a lean design footprint and makes for cost effective installation and operation.
Designed and manufactured in Europe the C500 is EN54 compliant, and in line with 4EVAC’s rigorous standards, also third party approved and certified beyond the minimum relevant European standards, including EN54-16:2008, EN54-4:2006, EN54-17:2005 and EN50130-4:2011.
4EVAC’s sales director, Albert Van der Hout, commented, “This year’s ISE was unprecedented for us. We’re delighted with so much interest now that the C500 is fully certified, in stock, and ready to purchase as a complete system including paging microphones and networking. We’ve taken orders from integrators as well as receiving distribution enquiries, making a very positive start for business in 2017.”
Comprising self-contained compact ‘Wall-mounted Control’ and ‘Indicating Voice-Alarm’ panels, the C500 offers a ‘mean’ and powerful solution, providing an advanced digital audio-distribution on a networked VACIE solution.
It cleverly packs a punch offering the implicit simplicity of a stand-alone conventional system, but with the added power and benefits of Global Network Topology.
(Jim Evans)

 
underbara3Yamaha keeps clubbers and neighbours happy
Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sweden - The contrast between the volume demands of clubbers and the desire of near neighbours for peace and quiet always makes for a difficult balancing act. At Stockholm’s Underbara, a Yamaha system is providing high quality audio all the way from the front door to the DJ booth, but the neighbours can still enjoy a good night’s sleep.
SoFo is one of the more bohemian areas of the Swedish capital, where cafes and restaurants rub shoulders with a range of shops dealing in clothes, jewellery, design, furniture, vintage gear and other fashionable items. Located in a former cinema in the basement of a block of apartments, Underbara combines the ambience of an exclusive night club and urban lounge.
In the past, it was subject to regular complaints about noise levels, but a comprehensive renovation has seen Swedish AV specialists Watt & Volt undertake a high quality audio redesign. Maximising both the club experience and good neighbour relations, the key has been a Yamaha audio system.
“Due to the previous complaints, acoustic measurements had been performed in several of the surrounding apartments. So we knew what we needed to achieve in terms of noise reduction,” says Jonas Hamrin, Watt & Volt chief technical officer. “The revamped venue featured three bars, a VIP area and a major dancefloor, plus the entrance area, so it was a case of getting high quality, even audio coverage throughout the venue, while keeping levels down anywhere beyond them.”
As patrons enter Underbara, music from several Yamaha VXS5 full-range loudspeaker

 
 
doverDover Athletic upgrades audio with Martin CDD-WR
Tuesday, 21 February 2017


UK - National League football club Dover Athletic has substantially invested in the facilities at its 6,500-capacity Crabble ground in Kent, both to meet the Football League criteria, and also provide a better match-day experience for its supporters. The centrepiece is the new £1.3m cantilevered Family Stand, which aside from providing a further 500-seats and improved facilities for players, officials and disabled supporters alike, required a state-of-the-art public address system.
Old Barn Audio (OBA) were awarded the contract, and as they have on so many occasions recommended a Martin Audio CDD (Coaxial Differential Dispersion) solution - in this case dipping into the ‘WR’ series. “The weatherised CDD-WR was the perfect choice,” stated director Phil Clark. “And with 32 enclosures installed it is the largest CDD-WR install yet in the UK.”
The company first carried out a demo for the club chairman, Jim Parmenter, using CDD10-WR’s. “He was extremely impressed with both the quality and dispersion,” says Clark.
As a result, OBA’s contract was extended from the Family Stand to all four stands spread over seven zones. The new design would replace a simple 100v horn based system. In terms of speaker deployment the new Family Stand has been equipped with four CDD10-WR, fixed to the leading edge of the roof, all angled down using standard flying yokes to tilt the angles accurately and ensure even coverage.
The 541-capacity Dover End away stand now benefits from six CDD10-WR in a row along the front leading edge in two banks

 
nomvula-molepo-head-of-lighting-at-the-market-theatre-with-dwrs-kevin-stannettMarket Theatre invests in Robin DL4S
Tuesday, 21 February 2017

South Africa - The Market Theatre have invested in 8 Robin DL4S Profiles for their busy venue in Newtown Johannesburg.
The theatre was looking at an LED solution to save on costs and maintenance, a common factor these days. DWR Distribution was awarded the tender to supply the DL4S fixtures which will be used in the main theatre.
Nomvula Molepo, head of lighting at the Market Theatre, comments, “While we are yet to hang the fixtures on the lighting grid, I know that once they have been programmed they will work wonders and bring magic to our stage.”
“The gobo set and the framing shutters makes this an extremely versatile fixture for theatre,” said Kevin Stannett of DWR Distribution. “Because of the RGBW chip you get extremely rich and high-intensity colours. We are finding that this particular fixture is receiving positive feedback from theatres worldwide and it’s a privilege to now supply them to the Market Theatre.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
glantre-logo-Glantre and ASM - an uplifting partnership
Tuesday, 21 February 2017


UK - Glantre Engineering has become ASM’s UK, Republic of Ireland, & Middle East approved distribution partner. Glantre announced the partnership with ASM having recently installed 29 HCWA Junior Hoists and control in a provincial theatre in Leamington Spa, UK.
Germany-based ASM is a manufacturer of hoists and controls for use in performance productions. All hoists are BGV-C1 and control is SIL 3. The ASM range of hoists includes point-hoists, stage and scenery hoists, chain hoists and control. These systems offer silent operation, and flexibility for load and speed to fit all types of venues and budgets.
Maurycy Sowka, CEO at ASM, added: “Partnering with ASM was a natural choice for Glantre and we are certain that our partnership will be of great mutual benefit. Glantre offers a complete service under one roof, for a convenient and efficient service to all customers. We offer stage engineering, audio-visual, lighting, audio and broadcast solutions and now with ASM, performance hoist systems.”
(Jim Evans)

 
l-acoustics-1L-Acoustics delivers heavenly sound in Los Angeles
Monday, 20 February 2017

USA - In a world where churches are popping up in spaces that once served as anything from a bank to a department store, First Baptist Church of Los Angeles is a throwback to an earlier time when houses of worship were built to be just that. Until recently, the audio system there was a throwback as well, until the congregation turned to CCI Solutions to design and install a new system centred on Kiva and X Series enclosures from L-Acoustics.
Built in 1927 and modelled on the Palace of Ducal in Italy, the historical landmark is reminiscent of a European cathedral - deep and narrow with soaring 60ft ceilings. And, in addition to services for a number of congregations, it regularly serves as a shooting location for films and TV shows. All of this created a unique audio challenge.
“It’s a cavernous space and really multi-use for a church,” says CCI Solutions’ Duke DeJong.” It is almost like a convention centre that the church owns and meets in. The main congregation doesn’t fill the auditorium, but they rent the space out to other larger congregations. So. when we took on the job, there were multiple sound systems cobbled together to cover the range of uses. The goal was to have one good, clean system that could handle anything they threw at it. And given the movie and TV uses, it had to be low profile. L-Acoustics’ Kiva fit the bill perfectly.
“We’ve really fallen in love with L-Acoustics products over the last four or five years,” DeJong continues. “They make some really great sounding speakers and they’re both very high-qualit

 
 
moscowL-Acoustics K2 gives flexibility to Moscow venue
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Russia - Opened in September 2016, Vegas City Hall is a multi-level, multi-function concert hall in the North West of the Russian capital of Moscow. Owned by the Crocus Group, the venue has been designed to be highly flexible, with different configurations accommodating a variety of events.
This flexibility needed to be reflected in the design of the audio system, with L-Acoustics loudspeakers providing a solution that delivers high quality sound system that can be reconfigured in under a half hour.
The audio system was designed and installed by Theatre Techniques and Technologies (TTT Group, Moscow), together with Sonoruss, certified provider of L-Acoustics products in Russia.
Vegas City Hall’s auditorium spans three levels in the form of an amphitheatre. In its standard configuration, used mainly for rock, pop and jazz concerts and children’s events, the hall can seat 1,472. For circus events, the seating immediately in front of the stage is removed to provide a bigger performance area, reducing the seating capacity to 1354.
Large screens delivering 4K content akin to the quality of image one normally finds in a movie theatre are sited around the hall. These are designed to create the effect of augmented reality, fully immersing the audience in the atmosphere of what is happening on stage. The Crocus Group wanted an audio system of a quality to compliment this.
"We received the architectural plan and requirements for the sound system, such as sound pressure levels, coverage and frequency response,” says Ruslan Piletski, chief eng

 
colston-hall-artists-impression-main-hall-refurb-feb-17Colston Hall unveils £48m refurbishment plans
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

UK - Bristol’s Colston Hall, which celebrates its 150th anniversary in September, has unveiled plans for a £48m refurbishment to make it a world-class music hub for the South West, February 8th, 2017.
The latest artist’s impressions of the ambitious project, which will involve remodelling and upgrading the Main Hall, Lantern cellars and historic foyer spaces to improve facilities for audiences and performers, have been revealed.
A public consultation exhibiting the new plans opened 8 February, 2017, and people are being invited to comment on the proposals before a formal planning application is submitted later this year.
The charitable trust which runs the city centre venue says the improvements will benefit artists and producers as well as audiences, improving the acoustics of the performance areas and opening up new venues in parts of the Colston Hall which are currently unused.
Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust, speaking at the launch of the public consultation, commented, “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Colston Hall, we enter a key stage in the second phase of our transformation programme.
“The Hall hasn’t been updated since the 1950’s, so it’s long overdue a refurbishment that will give Bristol and the West Country a world class venue to be proud of.
“Today, we invite the public to view our plans for the Hall that will transform it into a performance centre fit for the 21st century and secure its place as a leading national arts centre for the next 150 years.”
The plans,

 
 
operaen-a-055-lTheatreplan invited back to Copenhagen
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Denmark - In late 2015 Theatreplan was invited to undertake a wide-ranging 10-year review of the “Operaen”, Copenhagen’s magnificent opera house and home to the Royal Danish Theatre.
In response to the Theatreplan report, the A.P. Møller and Chastine McKinney Møller Foundation (who funded the entire 41,000sq.m building as a gift to the Danish people) announced a substantial grant to maintain the Operaen’s sizeable technical infrastructure and ensure that the Operaen remains a world-class opera house.
Theatreplan enjoyed a successful collaboration with architects Henning Larsens Tegnestue on the original build and is delighted to have been re-engaged by the Royal Danish Theatre to design, specify and monitor the installation of: stage machinery control upgrades; enhanced orchestra elevators; upgraded sound, video and communications infrastructure; upgraded production, work light and houselight systems, and a new architectural lighting scheme.
Following completion of works during summer closures in 2017 and 2018 the Operaen will be ensured of its place among the greatest performing arts buildings in the world for many years to come.
(Jim Evans)

 
Theatres Trust awards small theatres grants
Tuesday, 7 February 2017


UK - Theatres Trust is awarding six small capital grants to a range of theatres across the country from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE awarding grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status to address urgent building repairs and help theatres in need and at risk.
Grants from the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are awarded as follows: The Place Theatre, Bedford; Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington; Leatherhead Theatre; Market Theatre, Ledbury; Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath; Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Workington.
Jon Morgan, director at the Theatres Trust said, “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, now in its ninth round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.
The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme aims to target theatres across the UK run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.
The Place Theatre, Bedford receives £3,335 to support interior and access improvements. Part of the project will involve purchasing a portable ramp which will make the stage more accessible to disabled performers and participants.
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon receives £4,462 for its ‘Smar

 
 
Danley improves performance at Rice UniversityDanley improves performance at Rice University
Monday, 30 January 2017

USA - Founded in Houston in 1912, Rice University is Texas's most prestigious institution of higher education, a veritable ivy of the southern coastal plains! Although football has always been a big deal at Rice - much more so than at the traditional ivies - its importance has grown as the Rice University Owls have earned five bowl game appearances within in the last decade (the most recent appearance before that was 1961!).

To accommodate and even accelerate that momentum, the university recently invested $31.5m in the new 60,000sq.ft Brian Patterson Sports Performance Centre, which includes offices, locker rooms, student athlete lounges, a sports medicine centre, an auditorium, and a strength and conditioning centre. In keeping with the new centre's state-of-the-art facilities, Baton Rouge-based AV integrator Technical Services Group (TSG) installed Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers in the auditorium and in the strength and conditioning cent.

TSG designed the A/V systems for both rooms. Noted Patrick Meek, senior account executive with TSG and leader on the Patterson Centre job. "We've done a lot of work in other college football facilities, and we've learned that we get the best responses when the systems are incredibly high-impact. You can think about it this way: they're coaching 18 to 22 year olds, and there is a certain way those kids associate with media these days. They're immersed in video games, blockbuster movies, booming stereos; and now, as coach, you need to get them pumped up! The system has to go beyond what they're used to."

 
Event professionals rediscover the Science MuseumEvent professionals rediscover the Science Museum
Friday, 27 January 2017

UK - The Science Museum in South Kensington, alongside London-based event caterer Tonic and live event AV company Matrix UK Solutions, last week welcomed 300 event professionals to an evening of spectacle and discovery to launch its new spaces including Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery and Mathematics: The Winton Gallery.

Guests attending the exclusive event were able to experience three of the museum's stunning spaces- the Media Gallery, Mathematics gallery and Wonderlab, all in one evening. The event also saw the launch of Tonic's new brand and its experiential catering and service concept.

The event journey began for guests in the Media Gallery where they were able to discover the very latest event production technologies courtesy of Matrix UK Solutions. This included a small, but very impressive selection of the leading edge technology they own. This ranged from their Meru Interactive servers, intense LED displays, networking and lighting capabilities, as well as a number of new and adaptable PA and video displays in the event space.

Next up for guests to explore was Mathematics: The Winton Galley. Opened in December 2016, the gallery has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and is the first of their projects to open in the UK since Dame Zaha Hadid's sudden death in March 2016. An a cappella group - the Lips - kept guests entertained in the gallery, alongside Psio, a practitioner of the ancient science of Chaldean Numerology who can reveal the truth of an individual's personality and future via the numbers hidden in their personal details (both acts w

 
 
Showforce assists with Les Misérables in DubaiShowforce assists with Les Misérables in Dubai
Wednesday, 18 January 2017

UAE - When the touring version of the musical Les Misérables arrived at the newly opened Dubai Opera in November 2016, members of Showforce's experienced team of stage crew and event staff were on-hand to assist. Running from 17 November until 2 December, there were 18 performances in total and as the first show of its kind to be held in the UAE, it was hailed a huge success.

Working directly with the team at Dubai Opera, as part of its on-going contract with the venue, and long-standing client, Sports & Entertainment Solutions, the Showforce team supported the touring production throughout the load in, the three-week run of sell-out performances and subsequent load out.

Initially, a team of 10 crew members was tasked with the unloading of no less than 17 40-foot shipping containers, that had arrived in Dubai from Singapore, the previous stop on the tour. During the second day of the build, the crew were tasked with helping to assemble the large pieces of stage set that were required for all the multiple set changes the show is famous for. In addition, four specialist lighting technicians provided support to the production's touring crew.

Once the run of performances began Showforce provided a team of two follow spot operators, three stage technicians who assisted with all set changes and a hostess who helped to seat Dubai Opera's and Sports & Entertainment Solutions VIP guests. In addition, eight of Showforce's accomplished wardrobe assistants helped the cast with costume changes, which included 392 costumes in total and 1,782 items of clot

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Final Curtain - The curtain is coming down on the most celebrated circus in the US, the Greatest Show on Earth, run by Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. After 146 years in the business, the owners said declining tickets sales and high operating costs were to blame. Activists who campaigned for decades against the travelling circus's animal acts welcomed the news.

"After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey will hold its final performances in May," said a statement from Kenneth Feld, CEO of Feld Entertainment, the family business which has run the circus since the late 1960s.

Sep Outside Love - A life-size bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled outside Liverpool's Cavern Club as the venue celebrates its 60th anniversary. The club, credited with launching the career of The Beatles, opened its doors on 16 January 1957 as a jazz cellar. Crowds gathered in Mathew Street to see the sculpture which shows a young Cilla performing one of her early songs. The TV celebrity and 1960s singing star, who died in 2015, started work as a cloakroom attendant at the club.

Country File - Kris Kristofferson is to play the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury this year, according to the singer's official website. A spokesman for Glastonbury said the next official line-up announcement will be in the spring and would not confirm Kristofferson is in fact performing. Kristofferson, one of the most influential country singers of all time, has released 17 albums in

 
 
PixelFLEX LED technology at 12Stone ChurchPixelFLEX LED technology at 12Stone Church
Tuesday, 17 January 2017

USA - Founded in 1987, 12Stone Church has grown to include eight campuses throughout Georgia serving the communities in Gwinnett, Hall, and Barrow counties. In their most recent expansion, the congregation completed a full renovation of a large retail location in Snellville, GA, and in doing so they needed to create a full worship environment.

Working with Cason Cleveland Productions, 12Stone Church had a specific vision for the LED video elements in the new auditorium, so together they enlisted the assistance of Nashville-based PixelFLEX and installed FLEXLite NXG 2.6mm LED video technology.

"For our new Snellville campus, we were moving into what used to be a Best Buy retail location, so we really needed to create all of the production elements from scratch for our worship environment," began Dustin Whitt, production ministry lead.

"When looking specifically at the LED video elements, we knew it would be about 16 feet to the first row of the audience, plus we would have wide viewing angles, so we had to have a product with a tight pixel pitch. In looking at all the products available from PixelFLEX, we ultimately chose the 2.6mm FLEXLite NXG and the LED video looks great.

"In designing the Snellville auditorium, we wanted the main auditorium to seat approximately 850 members and the stage itself to be about 30' wide and 18' deep," continued Whitt. "Additionally, we wanted the stage design to have a touring aspect to it where we could periodically change the actual configuration so we needed to hang the FLEXLite NXG LED video wall from truss instead

 
IMS systems for Masonic Theatre in VirginiaIMS systems for Masonic Theatre in Virginia
Monday, 16 January 2017

USA - The Historic Masonic Theatre is an architectural treasure nestled in the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia. Since opening in 1905, the historic venue has boasted eclectic billings over the last century, including Roy Rogers (and of course Trigger), Gene Autry, Count Basie, and even political blunderbuss William Jennings Bryan ("What has been will be again"). Now a performing arts, education, and community facility, a recent renovation includes the new, redesigned Intelligent Marquee Systems (IMS Mk2) LED marquee/festoon lighting system.

Specified by Theatrical Consultants Collaborative (TCC) of North Carolina and installed by Productions Unlimited, Inc. of South Carolina, IMS V12 "Filament" lamps were the perfect way to achieve programmable marquee lighting with the warm, golden look of traditional incandescent lamps, plus the benefits of individual DMX control and LED technology.

For the classic retro look, 30 V12 lamps are housed in decorative plaster rosettes in an ante-proscenium, forming a faux arch around the stage. Chasing and other programmed effects are spectacular in this setting. In addition, four runs of 12 lamps each are installed in the arched ceiling lobby. Also, 12 more installed beneath the theatre balcony are used for accents. All 90 lamps are controlled by a single IMS Mk2 Universe Drive using approximately 10% of the energy required for a similar incandescent system.

"The IMS system needs only one dedicated circuit, saving us seven dimmer circuits needed for a comparable incandescent rig, with the added bonus of individual control,

 
 
Truss UK system installed at National TheatreTruss UK system installed at National Theatre
Friday, 13 January 2017

UK - Truss UK is one of the few remaining British manufacturers of load- bearing aluminium trussing products; they design and manufacture structural aluminium products for the entertainment industry as well as other specialist industry sectors worldwide.

Having recently launched their new aluminium space frame product, Truss UK have announced that they have supplied the National Theatre (NT) with a large OBLIK system.

OBLIK is a modular space frame system consisting of only three main component types, the largest of weighing in at less than 16kg. The system is lightweight, compact for transport and storage and simple to erect using conventional fixings (nuts and bolts) to create complex aluminium structures that are extremely strong.

Truss UK director Paul Jordan says, "The OBLIK space frame system was deployed in the grid of the NT's Lyttelton theatre and is suspended from the underside of the existing infra structure of the building, fitted in the void between the grid and the roof."

Paul Jordan adds, "Each of the OBLIK frames measures 14m long by 3m wide and weighs only 1,380kg, with all the members in the top and bottom plane of the structure having a load-bearing capacity. After installation each of the OBLIK frames were tested with 9.9 tonnes of live load and performed as it was intended."

Steve Colley, Head of Automation and Rigging at the NT says, "We chose OBLIK for the Lyttleton theatre as this system gives us the flexibility to rig new shows quickly, rigging directly from the OBLIK space frame without having to bridle from the roof stru

 
Last dance with Dippy at Natural History MuseumLast dance with Dippy at Natural History Museum
Wednesday, 4 January 2017

UK - The Natural History Museum hosted a New Year celebration for 600 revellers to make history and be part of the final event with the iconic Dippy the Diplodocus in the Hintze Hall.

The evening saw indulgent entertainment provided by Guilty Pleasures in the form of shamelessly delivered classic pop ballads whilst the Dinosaurs gallery formed a well themed break out space. Party food was delivered by approved supplier Benugo, whilst the production by Halo focused on lighting, staging and sound in the Hintze Hall.

The Hinzte Hall will now be closed until August as Dippy departs ready for a UK tour in 2018 and the installation of the dramatic diving Blue Whale skeleton commences. The museum's wealth of additional spaces are all still available providing the chance for events to be hosted in previously undiscovered locations.

Robert Wetherell, head of venue hire at Natural History Museum explains, "This is a time of exciting change and redevelopment for the museum and I'm so proud to be a part of helping shape its future. Whether it's dining with a view of a giant sloth in Waterhouse Way, networking around the Stegasaurus or enjoying cocktails and canapés during a private viewing of one of our intriguing galleries, the museum has a range of spaces all available from 1st January 2017."

(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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