The Sound Fundamentals for Theatre course combines essential theory with practical skills
UK - Orbital Sound has announced the dates for its annual Easter Sound Fundamentals for Theatre training course, running this year from 7-10 April at its purpose-built Brixton training facility. Over 500 students have already passed through the theatre sound training programme, helping to prepare technical theatre and theatre sound students for careers in live entertainment.

The Sound Fundamentals for Theatre course combines essential theory with practical skills, catering for a wide cross-section of skill levels. Students are typically drawn from the UK's leading drama schools, as well as freelancers and corporate sector technicians. Organised by Orbital Sound's training co-ordinator Alex Waddle, the course is led by Richard Carter and supported by technical director Bill Addison.

Over the four days, students are also given the opportunity to try out some of the latest audio equipment, with participation from leading brands such as Yamaha Commercial Audio, Shure, d&b audiotechnik, Flare Audio, Nemesis, Q-Lab and CSC. The week ends with a chance to go backstage on a major West End musical, giving the students the opportunity to see first-hand what goes into a professional production.

The annual Easter Sound Fundamentals for Theatre week forms a key component of Orbital Sound's focus on education, offering a range of courses for students, industry professionals, educational establishments, and amateurs. Orbital's training programme includes the successful Mixing Musicals course - focused on FOH mixing and every stage of the process, from the rehearsal room to setting up a desk in its base state. Mixing Musicals runs from 5-6 May 2015 with places strictly limited to just 12 places to ensure a high degree of personal tuition and hands-on practice.

(Jim Evans)

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