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Project Portfolio

AV Projects we’ve been involved in

 

Cheltenham Festivals

Cheltenham Festivals run a group of four disparate festival activities: Jazz, Science, Literature and Classical Music. All projects, that for many years, have given Cheltenham its prestigious place on the map.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival has been on our radar for 2 years now. We have provided sound for the wide range of celebrity authors at the wonderful Daffodil Restaurant. These sessions not only review books on stage, very often with culinary themes but are usually great fun too.

The Daffodil restaurant is one of Cheltenham’s hidden gems, tucked inside what was once a beautiful 1920’s cinema. The building has many unique period features; the sweeping staircases, art deco decorative theme, historic projectors and beautiful entrance reception.

Refurbished by Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, whose objective was to create a luxurious space with a touch of modernity and austerity; The Daffodil venue consists of a grand reception, a large dining room, and upstairs Champagne and cocktail bar, sympathetically adapted in keeping with the Hollywood glamour and art deco style synonymous with the venue since the 20s.

Litfest 2018

The 2018 Festival project kicked off with Nadia Hussain telling us about her big win on the Great British Bake-off, and was followed with contributions from a wide variety of authors including Novelist Geoff Dyer, Chef and MasterChef presenter John Torode, Film and music critic Mark Kermode, Novelist Joanna Trollope, Ex Home Secretary and autobiographer Alan Johnson, The Times Deputy Editor Emma Tucker, The Times Editor John Witherow, Restaurateur Russell Norman, The head chef at The Ritz John Williams, Wine connoisseur Oz Clarke, Comedian actor and satirist Marcus Brigstocke, Journalist and radio presenter Nick Robinson and many many others. Lots of book signings and a great place to source Christmas presents.

The main PA used our d&b Audiotechnik Q7 loudspeakers driven by D12 amplifiers, with headset and handheld Sennheiser wireless mic systems, mixed by our Allen and Heath QU-32 digital console. The balcony was covered by an unobtrusive, delayed, self powered HK  Lucas system. The events were recorded on a Zoom H4N machine. The stage monitoring was by powered QSC K10, and live music covered with Shure and Audix mics.

This was a 9 day project, running most days from 07:30 till 10:30, and covering 4 events per day. A somewhat exhausting experience for the Daffodil staff, who did their usual magic, getting the great variety of dishes to the tables consistently on time. Despite the long hours, the events were always well supported, which made it all so worthwhile. Thanks to Cheltenham Festivals for yet another year.

 

 

 

 

As part of The Cheltenham Jazz Festival we have provided sound at the prestigious Daffodil Restaurant for 14 years and at the Hotel Du Vin for 2.

  • The Daffodil is an intimate space combining dinner and performances from some truly great jazz musicians. Even though it runs for longer than any other festival venue at Cheltenham, it is always fully booked. Testament to the high standard of the performers and the calibre of those who do the programming.
  • The Hotel DuVin meanwhile, hosts the popular late night Jam Sessions. Musicians from the rest of the festival congregate here after their own gigs end, providing some wonderful spontaneous Jazz and great entertainment, well into the early hours.

AV Installation Projects

CHURCHES, SPORTS and COMMERCIAL

We talk to clients, very often over a period of years, advising them on their AV projects and keeping them up to date with available equipment. When funding is eventually found, we then proceed to procurement and installation.

  • Holy Apostles Church in Cheltenham has recently had a new Univox loop system for its main church hall installed, together with a built-in cable infrastructure for the satellite speakers of its portable HK Nano 608i PA.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Hartpury College has upgraded its Rugby training grandstand PA with Electro-Voice Zx1i-100 weatherproof loudspeakers, Electro-Voice PA2250T amplifier and Behringer ZMX8210 zone mixer. This allows expansion into a future 2nd grandstand and members bar area.
  • Corin Group of Cirencester have had an Alto presentation system and Sennheiser wireless mic system installed in its main canteen for company briefings and presentations. An Optoma projector in conjunction with a Sapphire electric screen handles the video projection.
  • St Pauls Church in Cheltenham have had five new LED display screens fitted for hymn words and video presentations. This involved some custom steelwork to allow end mounting hinges for the 55″ panels.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Wobbly Brewery of Hereford has had a presentation system installed in the bar of the brewery for its popular sports events. Comprising 4 x JBL Eon 610 powered loudspeakers and an Electro-Voice ZXA1 sub, alongside an Optoma projector and Sapphire electric screen. The feed being from a sky box and/or microphone.
  • Everhot Cookers in Gloucester have had a camera system installed linked to an Optoma projector, for close-ups of its monthly cooking demonstrations in its showrooms.
  • Evenlode Church Lower Oddington. A complete AV project installation of sound and video alongside the extensive church renovations.

 

 

 

 

  • St Stephens C Of E Church, Soundwell, Bristol. Sound system with digital console alongside an extensive video screen installation.
  • ChristChurch Cleveden. A fully refurbished church encompassing digital sound, fully flexible video and church-wide distribution systems.
  • St Michaels, Bishops Cleeve. Full AV project system consultancy over several years, still awaiting funding.

 

Dressage Sound

Hartpury College first invited us to support their sound presentations for equine projects in 2008. This has led us into the world of International Dressage, for which good sound is of particular interest to us.

British Dressage Judges Principles Seminar 2018

We have recently provided the wireless microphone systems, crew radios and PA for this event at Moulton College, in Northampton. Now in our 3rd year for this event we augment the house systems to cope with the challenges of the venue acoustics, supporting the BD staff with all things technical. British Dressage run events nationwide and have been increasingly requesting our equipment and personnel for these projects.

 

British Dressage National Convention 2018

The ever-popular two-day November event found us running the sound systems at Hartpury arena once again. We augment the house system with further coverage of temporary bleachers with d&b audiotechnik and Electro-Voice, additional Sennheiser wireless mics, rider talk-back and Motorola crew radios.

The 2019 event will find us at Addington equestrian Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

Hartpury College Equine 

The Hartpury indoor arena is probably one of the best kept and largest equine facilities in the world, and we have been delighted to support it in a variety of ways from procurement and installation to event engineering. We’ve been asked to manage and implement various improvements to Hartpury’s original Electro-Voice and Sennheiser sound systems over the years, bringing much greater clarity to the audience for its myriad of events.

 

 

Hartpury Dressage Events & Festivals

 

Hartpury College’s 5 day International Festival of Dressage is just one of the many equine events in which we have been deeply involved. We have manned the event with a view to general troubleshooting but to specifically run the indoor sound, taking-in general commentary and music based freestyle dressage competition. Much of the indoor arena’s work revolves around the Para classes. Some wonderful performances by severely disabled competitors. The Gala event provides first class dressage from some of our best and world class riders.

The arena also plays host to a number of other equine related organisations –


and many more

 

Schools AV Support

School AV Support and InstallationsSchools always need help in running their technical services, so we try to take the pressure off by providing fast reaction to their downtime when faced with projection failures and so on. We support by installing screens and PA systems or by general maintenance and running repairs.

  • Barnwood Church of England Primary School has interactive whiteboards throughout, and a sound and video system in the school hall. We support the school, updating and replacing projectors and projector lamps as required.
  • Coney Hill Community Primary School has similar needs, but now has more modern touchscreen boards as well as the more traditional whiteboards. We recently updated the school’s ageing sound rack for the school hall.