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Miking Up A Piano Concert With DPA

Grand Designs
Published November 2018
By Mike Crofts

Grand Designs

The brief for supplying a sound system for a youth piano concert was to make the rig look and sound as transparent as possible...

I have been involved with supporting the technical side of various Yamaha UK Education events for a few years now, and every gig has been both interesting and enjoyable — not least because they have all involved working with extremely talented young performers across a range of musical styles.

The concert took place at the newly refurbished Amey Theatre in Abingdon School.The concert took place at the newly refurbished Amey Theatre in Abingdon School.Having acted in a supporting role behind the stage at last year’s UK Junior Original Concert, I was asked to take charge of the sound for the 2018 show and, as the Abingdon School venue was a new one for this event, we made two advance visits to assist our tech planning and to try to ensure everything would go smoothly on the day. I met up with Yamaha Music Schools Education Manager, and the organiser of the event, Nigel Burrows at the venue, where we were shown around by members of the school’s technical team. The Amey Theatre within the school’s Arts Centre is an impressive space, and has recently benefitted from an extensive refurbishment programme including upgraded seating, sound and lighting installations, and a new air handling system; the theatre even has a satellite link that is used to screen live-linked large-scale productions from other venues.

The Venue

The venue, with stage set up and equipment loaded in.The venue, with stage set up and equipment loaded in.Sound practitioners and performers alike tend to develop an ‘instant ear’ for performance spaces, and this...

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Published November 2018