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Anne Minors Performance Consultants Teams Up with Sound Space Design
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 was performance consultant for The Royal Opera House redevelopment, Barbican Theatre BITE Festival, Wigmore
Hall, Roundhouse, BT Centre and Godolphin and Latymer School in London. Theatres include Hull Truck, The Egg, Bath
Theatre Royal, E15 Acting School, Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.
SSD was design acoustician on La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Toronto Four Seasons Opera House, Dallas, Winspear
Opera House, Lyric Theatre Belfast and Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong as well as numerous school music and
theatre buildings.
AMPC and SSD have collaborated on a string of projects including Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity
St Paul’s Church for Tafelmusik in Toronto; Zorlu Cultural Centre, Istanbul; Palace of Peace Opera House, Astana; Annette
Strauss Square, Dallas; King Edward’s School, Birmingham; Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex;
Menuhin Hall, Surrey; Royal Academy of Arts; Institute of Engineering and Technology; Friends House in London and St
Peter’s Ancoats for the Halle in Manchester.
Founders Anne Minors and Bob Essert have each been designing and delivering world class performing arts spaces for over 30 years across five
continents. Anne worked on the auditorium designs for Glyndebourne Opera House, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, Singapore Esplanade
Concert Hall, Vancouver Chan Centre and Cerritos Centre for the Performing Arts while Head of Design at Theatre Projects between 1984 and
1995. Bob was at Artec New York for 16 years where he was director of acoustics and deputy chairman, followed by five years at Arup Acoustics as
associate director and leader of concert halls. Past projects include Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, Singapore Esplanade, Birmingham CBSO
Centre, Vancouver Chan Centre, Florida Kravis Center, Sage Gateshead, Hackney Empire Theatre renovation, Glasgow City Halls redevelopment,
Belfast Sonic Arts Centre and Dublin Helix.
On the joining of the two firms Director Bob Essert is enthusiastic for the future: “We have been collaborating for several years, but now the synergy
shared by the two companies creates a unified whole greater than the sum of the parts.”
Anne Minors, principal designer adds: “There is an opportunity here to expand our remit in several areas, using our collective experience to add
greater value and excellence for our clients.”
AMPC projects will continue to be represented at
In picture: Anne Minors and Bob Essert.
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