Production / Case Studies / Carols In The Quedam
As part of a week of community blessing and outreach, the Churches of Yeovil – Led by Tim Williams of Elim Pentecostal Church – were planning an ambitious carol concert in the centre of town, greater in scale than any similar event Yeovil had seen for years. With this in mind, the team knew they needed a truly professional production partner to provide all technical services for their event.
Revolution Audio proved the natural choice, with our experienced team specifying and deploying staging, audio, video and lighting systems, as well as full event management and logistical support. Working effectively with the wider project planning team in the months before the event, we drew up systems to a demanding specification, including video projection, concert specification audio, dynamic lighting and staging, all with the challenges of weather-resistance, and setting up in a crowded retail environment, while not causing unnecessary disruption to shoppers and businesses.
We had also been tasked with arranging all logistical aspects of the production, including full risk assessments and safety cases, power distribution and stage management.
On the audio front, we deployed a Front of House system consisting of eight d&b Audiotechnik Q-Subs, and two Kling and Freitag Line 212 tops. Together these gave a truly powerful sound that provided both detail and enormous headroom, with the system still proving tremendously punchy even well up into the surrounding streets. Four d&b D12 amplifiers with full processing powered the system, all with remote control and monitoring via R1 software over both wired and wireless networks.
On stage, a combination of wedges and in-ear monitoring was provided for the two bands performing. Two of our new DB Technologies Flexsys FM12s were deployed as a powerful pair of wedges for lead vocals, along with our ever-popular M10-2 models for Stage Left and Right positions. While a compact stage eliminated the option of a dedicated Drumfill system with subwoofer, a powerful QSC K10 enclosure once again proved its worth with more-than-sufficient output.
At Front of House a Soundcraft Si Compact 32 was deployed, connected to a Compact Stagebox via a CAT5 MADI Line. The Si series continues to be popular for high-pressure live environments thanks to its streamlined and fast workflow. In this case, budget restrictions meant a dedicated monitor console was unfeasible, but thanks to a comprehensive wireless network, we positioned another engineer at the stage position with an iPad to efficiently work with band members for monitor requests.
Network Control was also deployed for use with a selection of Sennheiser EW G3 Wireless microphone systems, including three handhelds, a wireless instrument system and two wireless IEM systems. Sennheiser’s WSM software once again proved its worth, allowing for fast frequency deployment and effective monitoring of all wireless systems throughout the show.
Lighting for the event consisted of a rig of entirely LED-based fixtures, in order to maximise the limited capacity of the site power supplies in the Quedam. Visage Multipar IP65 rated fixtures were deployed on bars in front of the stage, with their weatherproof rating providing invaluable throughout the setup time before the event. On the rear of the stage, 6 Robe Robin 100s proved extremely effective as effect lighting, with their punchy beam angle, fast movement and compact size allowing for easy and discrete rigging. Overall lighting effects were enhanced by a powerful Unique 2.1 Haze system. Revolution Audio provided a PC-based Chamsys MagicQ control system for all fixtures, as well as full lighting design and 3D modelling to assist the client in the run up to the event.
Two separate video systems were deployed to serve both the audience and the artists on stage. Using a 10”x6” “Fast-fold” 16:9 Projection Screen and a Christie LX700 Projector (cased within a waterproof housing), video content and song lyric projection for the audience was clear throughout the evening. While on stage, two compact TFT Monitors were deployed with a custom “Video Foldback” system for the Worship Band, including “Next Line” displays. Two Mac Computers with ProPresenter 6 software were used to drive the systems via a pair of CAT5 Cables.
The event was a tremendous success, drawing in a substantial crowd and attracting significant local attention. Indeed, as well as numerous comments from members of the public, management from the Quedam Centre commented on how impressive the production standards were, and how it helped achieve such a special atmosphere within the centre. Plans are already in place to step the event up a further level for 2016!
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I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU!! for last night. It was absolutely fantastic and created such a lovely atmosphere in the Centre. Thank you so much for all your hard work throughout the project, it’s been wonderful and last night really reflected that; I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
You did an awesome job! You should all be really proud!