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Temporary opera house made to measureTemporary opera house made to measure
Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Belgium - Due to renovations, the Royal Munt Theatre in Brussels needed temporary accommodation elsewhere at short notice. Veldeman provided a quick, qualitative solution and built the Munt Palace on the site of Tour & Taxi's, an opera house which was made to measure with a capacity of welcoming up to 1,100 people. An imposing TFS (Tension Fabric Structure) tent of 3,200sq.m will accommodate the opera productions until at least the end of 2016.

A storey tent of 25m by 40m serves as an entrance hall and VIP room. A true eye-catcher is the facade which has been personalised in a beautiful way, referring to the Munt's pediment in the heart of Brussels. The entrance and covered terrace were luxuriously decorated with wooden walls, wooden ceiling and a beautiful new bankirai floor. This highly qualitative decoration was maintained on the inside as well. The cloakroom was walled by upholstered wooden walls and around the support poles on the ground floor, bar tables were made to measure. Among other things, eye-catchers in the interior are the original decor pieces of De Munt.

Visitors to the Munt palace won't have any lack of comfort. A stylish transition has been made from the entrance hall to the opera hall. Acoustics are extremely important for opera performances. Thanks to the enormous interior space of the TFS, it provided the opportunity to improve the acoustics by using special upholstering. The theatre setup and large, clear span area without central supports guarantee opera lovers a perfect view of the scene. All possible means were used to reduce noise t

PLASA Focus Leeds: Theatres Trust offers strategy to protect theatres
Thursday, 21 April 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016 with a new strategy and visual identity that sets us on a new chapter - championing the past, present and future of live theatre by protecting the buildings and what goes on inside.

At PLASA Focus Leeds, the organisation will be holding a seminar Theatres Trust 40 on 11 May at 2.15pm, where show visitors are invited to join discuss "what we need to be doing today to protect theatres for live theatre tomorrow". The Trust explains, "Throughout PLASA you will also be able to find out how we can help you with advice on planning and development, resources to make theatres sustainable, and financial assistance through grants, and hear about our latest work with theatres at risk."

The discussion and debate from Theatres Trust 40 will be developed at Conference 16: Protecting Theatres on the 21 June at the New London Theatre. Registration for Conference 16 will open shortly.

(Jim Evans)

Theatres Trust at 40 - a new strategy to protect theatres
Tuesday, 19 April 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, has announced a renewed commitment to the protection of theatres with a new strategy and visual identity and the launch of our Theatres Trust 40 programme of events.

Says the Trust, "As the voice for theatres we use our knowledge of policy and practice to promote the value and benefits of theatres in use. We want live theatre to have a place in everyone's lives.

"We are committed to delivering a more powerful campaigning voice. Our expert advice will be more visible and more influential in the planning system and within the theatre industry. We will create new opportunities to discover more about theatres, and we will increase the levels of capital grants and funding we provide."

Chair of the Theatres Trust, Tim Eyles, says, "Our new strategy and visual identity mark the start of an exciting next chapter in the life of the Trust. We are passionate about great live theatre, and I look forward to the Trust's expertise being channelled with renewed energy to help the nation's theatres thrive into the future."

Director of the Theatres Trust, Mhora Samuel, says, "Our influence means it's now very rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced. We're proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it's ever been. We've achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation's theatres now and in the

Theatreplan spearheads design for world's tallest temple
Tuesday, 12 April 2016

India - International theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has been selected to provide auditorium, conference centre and technology design services for Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir (VCM), the world's tallest temple under construction in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Vrindavan is the birthplace of Krishna and the spiritual capital of India. The project is the result of 30 years of work and investment by ISCKON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) who are managing the design and construction process.

ISCKON has built a design team with some of the world's leading design firms. Theatreplan was selected for its "world class pedigree, collaborative and creative approach" to auditorium planning and technology design.

According to Theatreplan's project director for VCM, Brad Maiden, "This project presents a unique opportunity for Theatreplan to embark on a cultural journey, contribute to and learn from what will be one of the landmarks of collective human achievement in this region. We are honoured and proud to be a part of this amazing project. The VCM project also represents a significant strategic pivot for Theatreplan as we expand our entertainment, technology and customer engagement solutions into the APAC market. The VCM project is a major pillar of our innovative work in this region." The temple has a footprint of approximately five acres and rises to a height of about 700ft (213m or equivalent to 70 floors) and a built-up area of 540,000sq,ft. The temple is planned to be vibrant with various Sri Krishna-related festivals a

GAS Music in the swim at Ashton Old BathsGAS Music in the swim at Ashton Old Baths
Thursday, 7 April 2016

UK - Music and design company GAS Music composed & produced the music and visuals behind the spectacular New Beginnings show of Ashton-Under-Lyne Old Swimming Baths. On 19 in the swim at March a live show revealed the history of the public swimming baths originally opened in 1870 with 11 original pieces of music plus a backdrop of CGI historical images created by GAS.

GAS worked closely with Tameside Council, choreographer Stacey Maurice who directed almost 200 dancers for the performance and creative producers Stone Soup who led the multi partnership project.

The opening event attracted over 10,000 people to celebrate the rebirth of this iconic piece of English history. The large brick Italianate building fell out of use 40 years ago and was on the at English Heritage at risk register but until funding of £3 million from Tameside Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Funding Agency saved it. The Victorian building will be the centre of the local community once again offering a tech hub to a local community of entrepreneurs.

Tameside Council, councillor Jim Fitzpatrick said, "Bringing Ashton Old Baths back into use is a significant achievement and I am really proud of the way in which the Council working with partners including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Placefirst, AGMA, and the European Funding Agency have breathed life back into this fantastic building. The celebration event on the 19th of March is the culmination of years of hard work and determination and I know the community will be as fascinated as I am to see how Gas Music i

Theatres Trust responds to Culture White Paper
Tuesday, 29 March 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust responds has responded to the Culture White Paper published by the DCMS on 23 March 2016.

Says the Trust, "We are pleased that the Culture White Paper recognises the absolute importance of the arts and culture in people's lives - in education and the economy; within local communities and internationally. Whilst the ambition of the White Paper shares much with Jennie Lee's paper of 50 years ago, in our own 40th Anniversary year we agree that the economic challenges faced today are very different.

"So we welcome initiatives to promote the role of culture in place making through the new Great Place scheme; improve access to the arts through the new Cultural Citizens programme; and support the development of the historic built environment through the establishment of new Heritage Action Zones.

"We look forward to playing a full and active role in these initiatives by protecting the buildings and cultural assets which will widen access and provide new opportunities to experience live theatre.

"The White Paper rightly highlights the potential risk of new development on existing theatres and heritage, and we are delighted that it recognises the role of the Theatres Trust and the work we do with local authorities and communities."

As a statutory consultee in the planning system the Theatres Trust advises local authorities on all planning applications for theatre buildings, and provides expert planning, design and conservation advice.

"In the spirit of the White Paper we are also pleased that our statutory planning role in Wales

VUE Audiotechnik scores big at John Lance ArenaVUE Audiotechnik scores big at John Lance Arena
Tuesday, 29 March 2016

USA - Built in 1971, the John Lance Arena at Pittsburg State University (PSU) in Kansas is home to the Pitt State Gorillas basketball team. The University recently received significant contributions, led by Alan and Roberta Whetzel, for renovations to the 6,500-seat capacity arena. Included in the improvements was a wall-to-wall maple hardwood floor covering the main court and two practice courts, new seating, new shooting standards and a VUE Audiotechnik sound system designed and installed by Reliant Media Systems.

The new VUE sound system in the John Lance Arena consists of four arrays and two zones of fill speakers. The two arrays that face the North and South sides of the arena each are made up of four VUE al-4 Subcompact Line Array systems and one al-4SB Flying Subwoofer System. Each of the two arrays facing the East and West ends of the arena are comprised of six al-4s and one al-4SB. Eight VUE i-8 Full Range Foreground Systems set-up in two zones serve as the fill speakers.

"The University as a whole has become very aggressive in updating and maintaining spotlight features around its campus," says Zach Aaron, CEO, Reliant Media. "The school's athletic department was undertaking new construction elsewhere on campus, so they felt it was time to rethink all of their indoor athletic facility audio systems. That prompted the basketball arena upgrade. PSU's athletic department was very interested in VUE after listening to it. We were able to explain to them the difference between a line array and a typical distributed system, and the pros and cons. They were

TiMax serves up a slice of Greece at Mamma Mia! The PartyTiMax serves up a slice of Greece at Mamma Mia! The Party
Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sweden - Mamma Mia! The Party has landed at the Tyrol, a restaurant in Stockholm's Gr

The arts thrive at Chapman University centreThe arts thrive at Chapman University centre
Tuesday, 22 March 2016

USA - Chapman University students and faculty and the Orange, California community can look forward to a new era of cultural and educational opportunities with the 19 March opening of the 88,000sq.ft Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Centre for the Arts.

Located at the gateway to the university, the new $82m arts centre - designed by architect Pfeiffer Partners in collaboration with Theatre Projects, acoustician Nagata Acoustics, and AV consultant Sonitus - gives Chapman University a characteristic architectural icon designed to meet the needs of their award-winning Conservatory of Music, and the Departments of Music and Theatre.

The building features the 1,044-seat Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall, a remarkable and versatile multipurpose theatre. Theatre Projects worked with the design team to create an intimate auditorium - with a mezzanine, side boxes, and two levels of balconies that step down toward the stage. The seating wraps the audience around the stage and draws them closer to the performers for memorable and impactful performances. The theatre features a large stage with full fly tower, stage traps, and two orchestra lifts that can create a Broadway pit, large opera pit, or stage extension when in concert mode. It also has a modern theatrical dimming and relay system, advanced LED lighting, and a full array of rigging, including a motorized house curtain.

But the real story of the room is its versatility. The university wanted both a dynamic performance space for drama, dance and opera, and a world-class venue for symphonic and choral music. So t

Theatres Trust welcomes noise impact initiative
Friday, 18 March 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust has welcomed changes to the Permitted Development Order (England) as developers now need to address noise impacts before undertaking an office to residential conversion near an existing theatre or live music venue.

From 06 April 2016 local planning authorities will have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses, under an amended permitted development right that allows offices to be converted to residential use, without the need to obtain planning permission.

The amended Order means developers will now need to seek prior approval from the local planning authority that any noise mitigation measures proposed are suitable to ensure that nearby theatres are protected before a change of use from an office to residential building can be carried out.

Theatres Trust said, "The Trust welcomes the changes to the Permitted Development Order to help protect the nation's theatres. It provides an opportunity to engage with developers and ensure, in terms of potential noise impacts, that new housing can be delivered while protecting the viability of theatres and live performance venues."

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 was presented to Parliament on 11 March 2016 and will come into effect from 06 April 2016. The amending Order can be found here.

As the statutory body for the protection of theatre buildings the Theatres Trust works to secure better planning regulations

Amplifying the classics in Oslo with d&bAmplifying the classics in Oslo with d&b
Thursday, 17 March 2016

Norway Oslo Opera House frequently hosts events that need sound reinforcement - and it needs a loudspeaker system that's up to the task. To deliver the best possible listening experience for discerning audiences, the venue has installed a flexible solution from d&b audiotechnik.

With regard to acoustic excellence, buildings don't come much more impressive than the Oslo Opera House, home of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The acoustics at this stunning, waterside building are so good that no amplification at all is required for opera performances. Here, the design is literally all about sound, from the interior spaces and the shapes of the walls and stage, to the materials used for construction.

Although the acoustics at the opera house are world class, there are plenty of occasions when a loudspeaker system is needed. Often, recorded music is used in ballet productions, and the venue also hosts frequent rock and pop concerts. For these types of events, the opera house needs an audio solution that provides an excellent, and highly consistent, experience for members of the audience - wherever they are seated.

When it came to choosing a system, the audio team drew up a wish list. Gerhard Hertzberg, head of sound at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, says, "We didn't just want a system that could deliver consistently excellent sound for our productions. We also wanted to be able to rig and unrig it quickly in multiple configurations to support different types of events, from ballet productions to rock concerts."

The Oslo Opera House was inu

PLASA members enjoy Sadler's Wells tours
Thursday, 10 March 2016

UK - PLASA members enjoyed a unique opportunity to take part in an informative and fun day backstage at the recently refurbished Sadler's Wells theatre last week.

The venue - one of the most respected and important receiving and co-producing dance houses in the world - recently underwent a major refurbishment, as detailed in the June 2015 issue of LSi.

Emma Wilson and Christian Wallace from Sadler's Wells, plus the specialist teams from Stage Electrics, Stage Technologies, Carr and Angier and GDS led the tours from the impressive auditorium up to the dizzying heights of the grid and flying system. Members then reconvened for a lively networking lunch before taking the opportunity to further explore areas of specific interest. The busy and insightful day finished with tea and cake.

Look out for details of the next PLASA Backstage Tour, which will be held at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon on 24th May.

(LSi Online)

Artists come together in Connecticut centreArtists come together in Connecticut centre
Wednesday, 9 March 2016

USA - With the start of the spring semester at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut, students in the University's theatre, music, and visual arts programmes are settling into their new Fine Arts Instructional Centre.

A collaboration between Theatre Projects, design architect William Rawn Associates, executive architect The S/L/A/M Collaborative, and acoustician Kirkegaard Associates, the 118,000sq.ft arts centre features a 400-seat concert hall, 250-seat courtyard theatre, and a 120-seat studio theatre, as well as support spaces including rehearsal rooms, scene and costume shops, dressing rooms, and a green room.

"Theatre Projects and William Rawn have a long history of successful collaborations," Scott Crossfield, Theatre Projects' theatre designer, said. "We're excited to add ECSU's beautiful new arts centre to that list and we look forward to many more."

The $62m facility gives the university the ability to nurture artists-in-training with versatile facilities tailored to a diverse cross section of specializations. Not only can ECSU now provide an environment catered to comprehensive arts education, they can also boast an elegant building to invite the student body and public inside to experience the work of students and outside performers in professional surroundings.

Designed to accommodate the entire Department of Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Projects and the design team planned the building to allow the diverse group of arts students shared access to the support spaces. Aside from being both a streamlined and

Abilene Civic Centre gets major audio upgradeAbilene Civic Centre gets major audio upgrade
Wednesday, 2 March 2016

USA - Originally constructed in the late 1960s, the Abilene Civic Centre is a spacious, multi-purpose venue with a live performance theatre, an exhibit hall and a large conference centre that can be subdivided to accommodate as many as four simultaneous events.

In part because of its age, the conference centre's audio system did not meet the voice intelligibility or audio quality expectations of its many banquets, meetings, press conferences and other events, especially those that involved modern presentations or musical performances. Thus, in 2015, the city decided to upgrade the audio system. And, they wanted a system that would provide both highly intelligible voice reinforcement and high-quality music production.

The city contacted Jerrold Stevens, of consulting firm Marsh PMK, who designed a highly flexible system with wireless iPad setup and control. Simple events can be configured for hands-off operation with one or two Sennheiser wireless microphones or meeting planners can request one of four Yamaha digital mixers for events with musical or dramatic performances.

Auto-mixing, signal processing and control are provided by a BSS London DSP with iPad interface and the system includes 78 Community D Series model D8 two-way coaxial ceiling loudspeakers powered by Lab Gruppen amplifiers. Consultant Stevens commented that he included the D8s as an alternative in his specification for their true coaxial design, high sensitivity and wide coverage.

Electro-Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas, installed the conference centre's new audio system. Sales m

Adlib supplies L-Acoustics to Glasgow concert hallAdlib supplies L-Acoustics to Glasgow concert hall
Monday, 29 February 2016

UK - Following a competitive tender, Adlib was recently appointed by Glasgow City Council to supply a new loudspeaker system to the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra's new home, the RSNO centre.

The impressive new venue forms part of the Royal Concert Hall complex in the heart of Glasgow's vibrant city centre.

The new auditorium was developed by the Council's in-house design team led by architect Kerr Robertson. It is adjacent to the main Concert Hall (home of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra) which opened in 1990 as part of the city's year as European Capital of Culture.

The overall complex features a 600-seater auditorium, a rehearsal space and learning centre, a recital hall and performance space that will be also used for classical and choral recording as well as for folk and other amplified music events.

Following a detailed site survey and subsequent acoustic modelling of the new room, Adlib proposed the introduction of an L-Acoustics Kiva system complimented by SB15m and SB18i low-end speakers, with additional L-Acoustics XT Series speakers as in-fills where additional sound coverage was required. On appointment, Adlib liaised with the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's in-house technical managers and also with ARUP.

The space is flexible with automated retractable seating, so the Kiva was chosen as an elegant, very lightweight modular line source solution offering great acoustic performance, intricate clarity and rich detail. Another benefit of using Kiva is that it can also have inter-cabinet angles altered to suit current and fut

ETC helps future proof MalmETC helps future proof Malm
Monday, 22 February 2016

Sweden - When the technical managers for the concert hall at the new build Malm

Richmond church chooses Danley for clarityRichmond church chooses Danley for clarity
Monday, 15 February 2016

USA - Five dedicated families founded Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church in the Bon Air suburb of Richmond, Virginia in 1969. A big part of its steady growth and support has been its strong commitment to motivating and punctuating services with music in an ever-changing variety of contemporary and classical styles.

In short, music is a big deal at Stony Point. Different bands play each week with a lot of reliance on the congregation's many musically talented individuals. When the church built a new 500-seat sanctuary, everyone wanted a new sound reinforcement system that could help elevate the impact and emotion of its services. In consultation with the Richmond-based AV integration firm RTW Media, Stony Point installed a robust LCR system composed of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers, and DSP-enabled amplifiers.

"Despite all the incredible musical talent at Stony Point, the old sanctuary had less-than-ideal sound reinforcement in a challenging acoustical environment," explained Ross Milby, who has volunteered as Stony Point's FOH engineer for over a decade. Milby worked with RTW Media on the design and installation of Stony Point's new sound reinforcement system. "RTW's Logan Hinnant, who interfaced with the church and architect, was incredibly helpful in navigating us through the design process." The experience was so great for both parties that Milby joined RTW Media's team as a regional accounts manager.

"Not only did we need excellent sound reinforcement for our music, but we also needed it for clarity of spoken word," Milby continued.

The Observatory North Park upgrades to AdamsonThe Observatory North Park upgrades to Adamson
Thursday, 11 February 2016

USA - The Observatory North Park in San Diego has quickly gained recognition for both the eclectic assortment of well-known and up-and-coming bands that it hosts as well as the quality of their sound reinforcement. The new Adamson S10 line array system was recently designed and installed by Sound Image, located in nearby Escondido, CA.

The Observatory North Park is located in a building that opened as a movie theatre in 1929 and has continued to be an entertainment venue since then. The current owners took over the 1200-capacity space in 2015.

"The previous owners had a similar idea with the room but failed," explains Garrett Wysocki, audio manager at The Observatory. "The sound system they had in here was seriously under powered. Customers and bands were constantly complaining. One of the first things we did was start checking out reputable systems that would provide the quality and coverage the bands and customers demand."

One of the people Wysocki reached out to was Jesse Adamson, director of business development at nearby Sound Image. Sound Image ultimately demonstrated two systems at The Observatory, one of which was the new S10 line array from Adamson.

"I wanted quality and coverage," he explains. "When I heard the S10 I knew we had the solution. The sound was amazing and the coverage is incredible. There is not a bad seat in the house."

Sound Image and the Adamson support team worked with Wysocki and Ryan Blank, The Observatory operations manager, to put together a system that would be flexible enough to handle the variety of music genres p

Middlesex University goes green with White LightMiddlesex University goes green with White Light
Wednesday, 10 February 2016

UK - Middlesex University in London boasts a strong performing arts department and was eager to upgrade both its Ravensfield Theatre and Dance Studio space. Whilst state-of-the-art equipment was a necessity, so was the need to be environmentally-friendly, with the university determined to be as green as possible and change their previous lighting equipment to LED only. As a result, they approached White Light to purchase the perfect set-up.

Bruce Allen is technical production manager at Middlesex University and oversaw the upgrade of both spaces. He comments, "As this was quite a significant investment, we needed to ensure that the equipment we purchased not only fulfilled our immediate aims but would also be sustainable for the long-term.

"The main priority of the upgrade was to ensure that all of the equipment purchased was as environmentally-friendly as possible. We are currently in the second phase of moving the majority of the University's lighting over to LED. We have noticed that the industry has shifted towards a greater use of LED technology in recent years. As we want the spaces at Middlesex to reflect the highest of industry standards, it was important that our lighting set-up played a part in this."

Bruce and the team from the School of Performing Arts met with Jonathan Haynes, WL's business development manager, to discuss their requirements and what equipment would be available to them. Jonathan states, "WL has a strong track record of providing energy efficient lighting systems, and the rapid advances in LED technology have meant that it has

Five London theatres to receive Theatres Trust awards
Thursday, 4 February 2016

UK - The Theatres Trust reports that five small theatres in London will benefit from the first round of its new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, made possible through a donation from the Mackintosh Foundation.

The five successful projects are:

Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) in Wandsworth is awarded £5,000 to replace their temporary wheelchair ramp leading to the café / bar and first floor performance space with a new permanent ramp. This improves access to BAC and contributes to the major Haworth Tompkins-led BAC capital redevelopment and restoration project.

Bush Theatre in Hammersmith & Fulham is awarded £5,000 to repair the pitched roofs and dormer windows of their former Old Library building. These repairs help to maintain the condition of this locally listed theatre's fa├žade.

The Cockpit in Camden is awarded £5,000 to repair their leaky flat roof which sits over the theatre's dressing rooms. This improves backstage conditions for performers and theatre staff and keeps costumes and equipment safe.

New Diorama Theatre in Camden is awarded £5,000 to install a converted storage container in their back yard to provide much needed space for their outreach programme and an accessible office space.

SPID Theatre in Kensington and Chelsea is awarded £5,000 to carry out urgent works to replace doors, and install disabled ramps and double glazing windows in their Grade II* building.

Cameron Mackintosh said, "It's an honour for the Mackintosh Foundation to be the first donor to the London Small Theatres Grants

Lee Arena gets a Community makeoverLee Arena gets a Community makeover
Wednesday, 3 February 2016

USA - Home to the Washburn University Ichabods men's and women's basketball teams, and women's volleyball team, Lee Arena is a 4150-seat indoor sports venue that draws some of the largest crowds in NCAA Division II. Lee Arena was the first in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association to have a video scoreboard and a digital scorer's table and, in 2015, it received a new, high-performance audio system.

Sound Products, Inc. of Topeka, KS provided the new audio system. The company had upgraded Lee Arena's audio in 2001 and the university told them, "Now, we'd like you to take us up to the big time!" Lee Arena hosts graduations and other non-sporting events along with its basketball and volleyball games and it can be set up with a stage in the arena's centre or at end court. To support this wide variety of configurations, Sound Products' Monty Ehrlich chose a distributed system design for the arena using Community's I Series loudspeakers.

Ehrlich used an Ashly Protea DSP to implement push-button presets for each of the arena's different configurations. Each preset adjusts the delay and level on different loudspeaker zones to optimize the system for a particular event type. He added Community D5 ceiling loudspeakers in the Ichabod Room which is used for victory celebrations and press conferences. The system is powered by a combination of Ashly and Crown amplifiers and includes a Roland digital mixer which also has presets (known as "scenes") for different event types.

Shure announce microphones are used in the sound booth for volle

Theatreplan reseats Helsinki National Opera HouseTheatreplan reseats Helsinki National Opera House
Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Finland - International theatre consultancy practice, Theatreplan, has recently completed a major reseating project for the Finnish National Opera House in Helsinki. The original seats were installed in 1993 when the opera building was completed. After meetings with the Opera and inspection of the auditorium, Theatreplan's Neil Morton recommended a full reseating rather than refurbishment.

The ergonomics of the original seat were designed for a relaxed seating position with a seat height lower than normal for theatre seats. This resulted in the sightlines from the seats at the front of each of the three tiers being less than ideal. Furthermore, after more than two decades' service many of the seats were beginning to show signs of wear and tear; the foam on many of seat pans had collapsed and several of the components were loose including the frames so that the seats were no longer rigid.

Theatreplan was thus appointed to recommend minor changes to the boxes and side levels to improve sightlines from the tiers as well as preparing documentation for the seating tender. "It was quite a sensitive and labour-intensive project as there were many criteria to be met," recalled Morton. The seat specifications were for a seat that was similar in character and materials palette to the existing seats, but where the ergonomics were adjusted to make the seat more upright the higher it was located in the auditorium in order to improve sightlines. Reseating the auditorium also provided the opportunity to see where additional seats could be gained.

The design also

AMPC teams up with Sound Space Design
Monday, 1 February 2016

UK - Award-winning acoustics and theatre consultants, Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have combined to form Sound Space Vision. The move formalises their long-standing working relationship and will continue to build on their success in performance, education and assembly spaces, as well as broadening their reach within the built environment.

Sound Space Vision enhances the rapport between performers and audiences, combining excellent spatial and technical design by AMPC with superb acoustics from SSD. Popular with audiences and operators, their performance environments are held in high esteem by artists. The creative, dynamic team includes specialists in acoustics, lighting, sound, stage engineering and audio-visual design to provide a complete acoustics and theatre consultancy service that touches all the senses.

Anne Minors Performance Consultants was founded in 1996, and Bob Essert established Sound Space Design in 2002. Together the companies have delivered over 100 performing arts spaces.

AMPC were performance consultants for The Royal Opera House redevelopment, Barbican Theatre BITE Festival, Wigmore Hall, Roundhouse, BT Centre and Godolphin and Latymer School in London. Zorlu Cultural Centre, Istanbul and Palace of Peace Opera House in Astana, Kazakhstan. Theatres include Hull Truck, The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal, E15 Acting School, Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

SSD were design acousticians on La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Toronto Four Seasons Opera House, Dallas Winspear Oper

TG Baker Harman solution for Rothehram United FCTG Baker Harman solution for Rothehram United FC
Monday, 1 February 2016

UK - TG Baker (Sound) has carried out a complete overhaul of the PA system at New York Stadium in Yorkshire, home of Rotherham United FC (aka 'The Millers'), using a Harman stadium sound solution comprising of JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplification. Although the stadium has only been open since the start of the 2012-13 season, various shortcomings with the sound system were identified which had led to complaints in relation to the system's overall quality and intelligibility.

A new tender document was drawn up and TG Baker (Sound) bid successfully. Director, Jason Longworth explained, "We conducted a complete system health-check, following which we were then contracted to replace the entire control system with four separate networked rack positions, using a dual redundant copper backbone, together with the upgrade and replacement of all of the main bowl and concourse loudspeakers."

The installation of 34 JBL AWC (All Weather Compact) 159s, driven at 100V line by a combination of Crown DCi-N 4 x 1250 and 4 x 600W network amplifiers, ensured even coverage across each of the four all-seater stands which make up the 12,000-capacity arena.

JBL's AWC series has provided a regular 'go to' solution for the integrators at TG Baker Sound since their launch. These compact, coaxial weather-resistant full-range loudspeaker systems with 15" LF have proven ideal for speech and music time and time again. "The AWCs give us consistent 90° x 90° broadband pattern control with great speech clarify and an extended frequency response for music which


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