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Shure, ALD, BBC and the Edinburgh International Festival join PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 seminar programme
Atlona Hosts Launch & Learn Event for Latin America Partners
USA – Atlona’s “Launch & Learn” series of educational events, launched this October, continues to make an impact on partners around the world seeking to learn how the company’s latest products solve integration challenges, and align with today’s most important AV trends.
Last week, Atlona held its first event for Latin America partners its Silicon Valley headquarters, flying in representatives from more than 20 dealers, distributors and systems integrators from Mexico, Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Hosted partners included Novotech, Anixter, Crambo Mexico, OOH Redes Digitales, Smartlife, Musitempo, Construcciones Acusticas, ISA Corporativo, Virtus Life, Serprotel Networks, M&D Asesores, Neuroservices Communications, Opentel, Teccom Seesa and Group de Negocios TSA.
Launch & Learn events offer two distinct educational tracks: Networked AV and Modern Meeting Spaces, followed by informative Q&A sessions. Attendees were given hands-on demonstrations of Atlona’s now-shipping OmniStream AV over IP and Velocity networked control platforms, along with detailed case studies on early installations. The goal of each event is to bring attendees up to speed on how recent Atlona innovations address AV over IP, networked control and other emerging needs.
In picture: Atlona director of business development for Latin America , Spain and Portugal leads the discussion around Networked Control in AV using Atlona’s Velocity system.
13th December 2017
Shure, ALD, BBC and the Edinburgh International Festival join PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 seminar programme
UK – PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated event for entertainment technology, has announced more seminars and workshops for the upcoming show at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 17th and 18th January 2018. It is free to register for the show, which brings international brands and expertise to regional professionals working in lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging sectors.
Adlib, one of the longest established technical production companies in the UK, is set to bring big lighting and audio brands to the show, providing a hands-on experience. Newly added seminars will focus on large-scale light and sound design, approaches to mental health, changes to audio bandwidth, and building a successful lighting team.
In Adlib’s dedicated demo room, the team will be hosting practical sessions introducing the functionality and workflow of various digital mixing consoles. Allen & Heath will introduce the latest SQ series compact digital mixers, Midas will showcase its M32 console, DiGiCo will present the S-Series and SD12, and L-Acoustics will demonstrate their sensational new Syva Colinear Source Loudspeaker System. The action continues into the evening with a drinks reception from 5pm.
New additions to the programme provide technical insights for installations, personnel advice for lighting teams, crucial information for audio professionals, and mental health support for all.
The technical director of the Edinburgh International Festival, John Robb, will reveal how his team overcame complex challenges to transform St Andrew Square for the 70th anniversary of the festival. The installation, named The Standard Life Opening Event: Bloom, combined innovative light, sound, and large-scale projections to transform the square into a magical night garden.
Following on from two successful seminars at the Leeds and London shows, PLASA and PSA reunite to explore approaches to mental health in the workplace. Occupational psychologist, Susannah Robertson-Hart will share insights she gained whilst helping employees and freelancers at the BBC.
Dave Phillips from Shure will provide vital information regarding the loss of the 700MHz band to the mobile sector. He will examine the implications of this and how best to prepare for the challenges ahead. This seminar will delve into best-practice radio frequency coordination, spectrally efficient digital wireless systems, and the future roles of audio professionals in live touring and events.
The Association of Lighting Designers will prescribe advice for how to build an effective lighting team, focusing on the importance of associate and assistant lighting designers. In an ever-demanding industry with tighter schedules, the ALD will investigate what the required skills for these roles are, how they differ, and why it is important to encourage production management to recognise these roles as vital team members.
PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018, now in its fourth year, remains Scotland’s only show for events and entertainment technologies. For free registration and to find out more about what’s on please visit www.plasafocus.com/glasgow
12th December 2017
Fifth Straight MMR Dealers’ Choice Award for Chauvet DJ
USA – It’s a streak that would do any sports dynasty proud. For the fifth consecutive year, Chauvet DJ has been honoured with the MMR Dealers’ Choice Award for Lighting Line of the Year. Presented by MMR magazine, the award is based on voting by music dealers across the USA.
Riding on the popularity of products like its Freedom series of battery-powered wireless fixtures, Intimidator moving heads and Festoon outdoor rated décor lights, Chauvet DJ was the clear winner in this year’s balloting.
“ Chauvet DJ has had a virtual lock on this category, and it’s easy to see why,” wrote MMR in its report on the awards. The magazine singled out the company’s “innovative designs and value-oriented prices,” as keys to its enduring popularity among music dealers.
“This award is especially meaningful to us since its based on voting by the dealers who interact with our end-users on a daily basis,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We’re especially proud of winning every year since 2013. The DJ lighting market has moved in many new directions within this time frame, particularly relating to events. As this award demonstrates, Chauvet DJ products have kept up with these changes to help our dealers expand in new directions.”
Looking ahead, Chauvet DJ will continue to grow and change with its market. As the editors of MMR wrote about the company’s award-winning year, “it’s going to be difficult to unseat them as winners in this category anytime soon.”
11th December 2017
ETC Celebrates Thea Award winners
USA – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recently announced the 2018 Thea Award winners. Even with the diversity of winners including theme parks, museums, visitor centres, and spectaculars, a majority of the winners had one thing in common: control products from ETC. Overall, ETC had a hand in nine of the Thea Award-winning projects.
“We’re delighted for each of our partners recognised with a Thea Award, and congratulate the winners on their vision,” said Karl Haas, national sales manager for architecture at ETC. “These projects showcase ETC’s dedication to creating lighting system solutions that are powerful enough to control entire park lighting systems, and creative enough to fit in to these highly specialised environments.”
ETC’s Unison Paradigm and Mosaic lines, Sensor3 power dimming technology, Response data distribution, Echo Relay panels and more were the unseen backbone for the projects, providing reliable, accurate, user-friendly systems, and supporting the most demanding venues. ETC celebrates the creativity of our partners and congratulates them on this honour.
Since 1994, the Thea Awards have been “bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry.” In addition to recognising industry luminaries and classic parks, TEA gives Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) across several categories. The awards will be presented at the Thea Awards gala, 7th April 2018.
7th December 2017
Kinesys Enjoys Lively and Positive LDI
USA – UK automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys enjoyed a busy and successful LDI (Live Design International) exposition in Las Vegas. It was the first time that the leading brand has hosted its own booth at the show, reflecting a growth in business in North and South America and Canada over the last few years.
LDI attracts a wide range of professionals from the world entertainment technology who visit from all over the US, Canada and Latin America. This year there was also a general perception that the show’s international demographic was on the increase, with a healthy number of visitors from Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Rim as well as all over Europe.
The three day event kicked off to a great start with Kinesys’ new Apex motion control system being presented with a 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for ‘Best New Motion Device’.
The Apex system incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists, and the result is the pinnacle of chain hoist technology. Kinesys has long been offering a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid off-the-shelf automation systems which are designed to maximise the creative options for show designers and operators.
Apex leaps forward with full SIL3 safety rating across the whole system, more powerful yet more refined performance, and a first for production chain hoists in silent brakes.
David Bond, head of Kinesys’ USA operation commented: “It was a great move to come to Las Vegas this year. It has been a fantastic LDI show, meeting and engaging with many of our current contacts and making lots of new ones. There’s been a real mix of people with genuine interest and solid leads so we have already signed up for next year.”
He confirmed that Apex was one of the products attracting major attention, with the features most impressing people including the incredible smoothness of the motion control, its virtually silent operation and its speed.
These parameters all open new possibilities for motion control being utilised in concert halls and for orchestral performances as well as for premium corporate events and conferences needing objects to be moved smoothly, subtly and in virtual silence.
Many people were also looking at the Kinesys LibraCELL system and all the advantages this brings as the market generally gets more in tune with the concept of utilising loads cells in a myriad of circumstances. “It’s a case of people realising they need to use them now rather than just being intrigued by them,” says David.
With the rise in health and safety awareness – not to mention increased concern for liability – having reliable, comprehensive and easy-to-use monitoring products like LibraCELL is becoming commonplace rather than exclusive.
DST variable speed beam trolley and track system, a collaboration between Kinesys and trussing specialist Litec, was also highlighted at the show, and this was of particular interest to those already working actively with motion control hoists. After going up and down, the next step is often to want to go from side-to-side.
The Kinesys team, including founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, met a good selection of designers and consultants at the show, confirming their belief that automation is becoming an important and sought-after visual element in creative show designs, together with lighting, video, lasers, SFX, drapes, set and scenics.
They also met with many leading US and Canadian rental companies. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to get everyone in one place at one time, and provides a great environment in which to raise awareness of our brand and product lines” stated Dave Weatherhead, adding that they had also been interacting with venue operators, event promoters, a host of practitioners from theatres and the performing arts as well as the healthy crop of internationals making the annual journey to Las Vegas.
In picture: Kinesys training manager Martin Honeywill, David Bond, Dave Weatherhead, Tracey Anderson who runs the Atlanta office and international marketing manager Charlie Felicien.
4th December 2017
City Theatrical Broadcasts Nine Universes Of Wireless DMX Live at LDI 2017
City Theatrical recently demonstrated its innovative technology by presenting the first live broadcast of nine universes of wireless DMX using a single transmitter. This demonstration was presented to a live audience of more than 100 lighting professionals attending the Live Design International (LDI) tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada on 18th November, 2017.
This ground-breaking demo was part of a seminar featuring patent pending Multiverse wireless DMX/RDM technology entitled, "How Advances In Wireless DMX Will Change the Way We Do Lighting." The seminar was led by City Theatrical founder and president, Gary Fails, and showcased the company’s vision of a future of wireless lighting control.
The Multiverse family of wireless DMX/RDM products gives lighting users a new range of options for performing their lighting tasks more easily than ever, while producing less disruptive radio energy than ever. City Theatrical’s vision of the new lighting world is one in which every DMX device contains a tiny, inexpensive, Multiverse Module transceiver chip, and where legacy lighting products have a Multiverse Node (a simple plug and play transceiver that is used as a receiver in a larger multiple universe system) near them, allowing entire productions of hundreds of fixtures and dozens of universes to be operated wirelessly.
As seen in the demonstration, these products are powerful building blocks in the Multiverse system. In combination with Multiverse Transmitter, as well as Multiverse Gateway for large scale productions, this system will help lighting professionals scale up to larger multi-universe broadcasts while producing less disruptive radio energy in the crowded 2.4GHz band than one present day transmitter does.
The Multiverse Transmitter used in the demonstration broadcast five universes in the 2.4GHz band and four universes in the 900MHz band. Multiverse Transmitters, including the model shown at LDI 2017, utilise Ethernet input to take in Streaming ACN (sACN) or Art-Net, Wi-Fi to communicate with tablet lighting controllers, and a Bluetooth radio for communication with City Theatrical’s multi award-winning DMXcat mobile app.
4th December 2017
Stage Electrics to Host New Year Showcase
UK – On the 10th of January 2018 Stage Electrics is going to be hosting what promises to be a highly interesting theatre and broadcast equipment Showcase. Taking place at the Iconic SS Great Britain in Bristol, the company will be joined by a host of suppliers who will be exhibiting and demonstrating some of their latest products.
There will be 16 manufactures demonstrating a range of lighting and audio equipment including Philips Vari*Lite, Philips Showline, Strand Broadcast Lighting, Sennheiser, Prolyte, DiGiCo, EM Acoustics, Le Maitre, Swisson, Magic FX, GLS Power, Altair, GDS, Roland, RC4 Wireless and Rosco.
On show will be the latest moving, lights, sound desks, speakers, video mixers, radio microphones, house lighting systems, power distribution, talk back equipment and some exclusive prototypes of new products to see.
The event is open from 2pm until 8pm, with a bar in the evening and a pyrotechnics demonstration at 6pm. Registration is free and if registered by 20th December visitors will be eligible for free parking.
4th December 2017
Sennheiser to host Seminar on changes to UHF RF spectrum
UK – Sennheiser has announced that it will be heading to The Warehouse Sound Services in Glasgow on Wednesday 6th December for a seminar to explain the forthcoming changes to the UHF RF spectrum.
Increasing pressure on UHF spectrum means that implementation of wireless system can be challenging. The seminar intends to help users address these issues, as well as providing information on acoustics, RF technology and components. During the seminar participants will work with Sennheiser experts to expand their knowledge of antenna technology, RF technology, in-ear monitoring and more.
The event will also feature a demonstration of its highly acclaimed Digital 6000 radio mic system. Designed for demanding live productions, Digital 6000 also addresses the challenges of the shrinking UHF spectrum: The system eliminates intermodulation, enabling more channels to operate in less spectrum space.
1st December 2017
High Quality: Yamaha Annual System Designers Conference Heads for the Alps
Austria – In late September, 145 audio professionals from throughout Europe headed for the Austrian Alps, as Yamaha hosted its sixth annual System Designers Conference in the stunning location of the Scalaria Conference Centre, St Wolfgang.
Featuring workshops and lectures on a wide variety of topics, it was a truly international gathering, attracting audio professionals from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE and the UK.
Participants could have been forgiven for being distracted by the stunning views from the conference centre, located on the shores of the picturesque Wolfgangsee. However all of the seminars hosted in the eight conference rooms were delivered to fully attentive audiences!
As usual, Yamaha Music Europe worked in close co-operation with a number of other leading manufacturers, who provided staff leading the seminars, expertise and equipment. This year they were Audinate, Beckhoff Automation, Dan Dugan Sound Design, Nexo, Revolabs (which has recently joined forces with Yamaha under the banner of Yamaha Unified Communications) and Stage Tec. Atterotech and Shure also provided product support. A dedicated crew of 43 from across all the participating companies planned, managed, built and presented the various demonstration systems.
Seven main spaces at Scalaria were used for the seminars. The biggest was the Circus Circus Hall, which hosted a number of sessions and also the conference dinner. This was followed by a performance by the Wolfgang Haffner All Star Band, bringing the focus onto how fundamental musical inspiration and cultural entertainment are to Yamaha’s presence in the professional audio industry. The performance was streamed live to Facebook using a Newtec Tricaster system, with the audio feed coming direct from the Yamaha CL5 mixing console manned by sound engineer Olli Voges.
With so many seminars covering a huge range of topics from ‘ears-on’ presentations about many different pro audio concepts and applications through the use of Dante, the new CS700 Video Sound Collaboration System, different control systems, simulation software, location recording, Yamaha matrix processors and many, many others the event was hailed a huge success by all who participated.
“It was a very positive experience and really captivating throughout,” says Dario Zanotti, from Delta Tecno Studio in Rome. “Great moments included the new Yamaha VXL column speaker presentation and the ‘battle of concept’ formula, which cleared showed the highlights of the product. Dan Dugan’s presentation was a great surprise, clear and addictive. The event was really useful and in touch with Delta Tecno Studio’s activities.”
“At every System Designers conference we try to offer an interesting, technology-focused event for Europe's top community of system designers, project managers and consultants,” says Ron Bakker, systems marketing manager at Yamaha Music Europe.
“This year we offered the most wide-ranging programme of seminars that we have attempted. I am very grateful to all the staff, presenters and attendees who were involved with this year’s event. I have heard so many great responses to all of the seminars. It was a really positive and worthwhile experience; we are already looking forward to delivering something even better next year!”
1st December 2017
Integrated Systems Europe to debut compelling range of conferences and events
The Netherlands – Integrated Systems Europe 2018 will see the premier of a range of new show initiatives designed to make the 15th edition of the world’s largest AV and systems integration show the most compelling so far.
The move has come as the show organisers Integrated Systems Events and its association co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA, focus on adding ever more value to the ISE experience.
Some of the ISE 2018 debuts include:
Launching on the day before ISE 2018 opens its doors, the TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference, produced by AVIXA, is a one day event, which will take place at the Okura Hotel, a few minutes walk from the RAI Amsterdam. TIDE will explore the creative forces and business decisions shaping the AV industry and how businesses can leverage these concepts. The TIDE conference will focus on Design Thinking for Business. The conference programme will be applicable to all design professionals, end customers and AV channel delegates.
The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a new competition with both the final and awards’ presentation occurring during ISE 2018. It is being produced by Amsterdam Light Festival, the RAI Amsterdam and ISE. The attendees will be able to view the finalists artistic 3D-light displays from canal boats sailing direct from the convention centre to the competition location.
The artistic and technical challenge for five shortlisted video artists will be to create a work of video art to be mapped onto the three-dimensional architecture of the futuristic EYE Filmmuseum, to be experienced, uniquely, from multiple viewpoints. Projectors, supplied by Panasonic, will be positioned around the futuristic building on a variety of platforms.
Judging will be led by Amsterdam Light Festival Creative Director Lennart Booij and will take place on 8th February. The winner will be announced at ISE on Friday 9th February at 12:30pm at a special awards showcase event featuring the five finalists. The presentation will feature each of the finalists’ video art.
The World Masters of Projection Mapping awards showcase will be preceded by the launch of a new half-day conference. blooloopLIVE at ISE will explore how visitor attractions across the world, from theme parks to museums, zoos and heritage sites are increasingly creating night-time spectaculars. These live-technology powered events are designed to entertain guests and keep them at an attraction for longer, and range from lanterns to video mapping shows or from fountain displays to full-blown theatrical productions. blooloopLIVE will look at the technologies driving this new trend and will focus on hearing from key operators and the AV companies behind the shows.
XR Summit ISE is a one-day B2B strategy conference focused on the Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) industry. Taking place on Tuesday 6th February in the RAI, it will explore the latest in these technologies, business strategies and solutions, and how they impact and empower the AV business.
XR Summit ISE will deliver an invaluable source of market intelligence and best practice case studies from some of the world’s leading XR experts and thought leaders. It will be equally as invaluable for ISE attendees from ‘the channel’ as for those working in a variety of served vertical market sectors such as entertainment, finance, construction, education, training, events, simulation, digital signage, medical, real estate and conferencing.
Reinforcing ISE’s commitment to XR technologies and solutions is the launch of a new XR Technology Zone. This is a special feature based next to Hall 8 (Park Foyer) to showcase the latest AR, VR and MR technologies and B2B solutions from a range of companies. Central to this new floor space will be an installation from ISE partner Holovis, a leading mixed reality solutions provider for the entertainment, industrial, and retail sectors.
A brand new Hall 15, situated at the front of the RAI Amsterdam, is being introduced to meet requests from companies wishing to participate in ISE. The new area will provide over 4,000 sq. metres of additional space. Over 1,200 exhibitors are expected to participate in ISE 2018, including over 180 that are exhibiting for the very first time. Some First Time Exhibitors include Audiologic, Philips Lighting, Cadac, Vitec, Intel Corporation and Clay Paky, among many others.
At ISE 2018, ISE co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA will produce their most comprehensive ISE educational programmes so far. New for 2018 is an easy-to-use Ticket Shop available through the ISE website. Attendees can buy a full range of AVIXA or CEDIA passes for individual or groups of sessions. There is also the option to purchase a Joint Association SuperPass. This pass gives delegates a chance to attend both AVIXA and CEDIA education sessions at a single comprehensive price. The holder of the pass will be able to choose as many sessions as they wish to attend.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, commented: “We are incredibly proud and excited by the new initiatives and features being brought to ISE 2018. They are designed to add value to everyone’s time while at ISE, whether you are an exhibitor or attendee. It will be a truly immersive experience for all.”
1st December 2017
GLP Announces “Massive Success” at LDI 2017
USA – GLP US president, Mark Ravenhill, described the recent LDI Show in Las Vegas as “phenomenal”, providing the company with “massive success”, as he announced yet more awards for his company.
The three-day expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center not only saw GLP win the award for Best Product Display on their 2,500 sq.ft booth but they also picked up the gong for Best New Strobe in PLSN Magazine’s inaugural Gold Star awards.
Of the new products, the ground-breaking JDC1 and brand-new Force 120 received their LDI debuts. Also on display in its pre-release form, and seeking customer feedback was the small impression FR1 (available for a sneak preview).
However, the exhibit focused on more than the German company’s new product portfolio both new and classic fixtures alike rubbed shoulders as the company celebrated ten years of the impression LED series.
Demonstrating just how well their products can be integrated dynamically, the sides of GLP’s main booth commemorated a number of shows over the past 10 years that have incorporated the impression fixtures into their design, with testimonials from designers around the world.
Meanwhile, a ‘real world’ light show was taking place at the booth where Matt Shimamoto of Volt Lites again programmed another brilliantly choreographed production. “We gave out branded GLP JDC1 sunglasses to visitors to the booth in anticipation of the show which featured over 650 fixtures in total and had a solid presence of the JDC1,” reports Mark Ravenhill.
“Once again, with shows taking place every 30 minutes, and each one running at full capacity, we can count this as another stunning success.” He states that there was never a quiet moment on the GLP booth throughout the entire duration of the show.
30th November 2017
ETC's ColorSource CYC makes an award-winning debut at LDI 2017
USA – Visitors to the 2017 LDI Show in Las Vegas this November found ETC’s booth awash in colour, thanks to the new ColorSource CYC luminaire. Two 5.5m-tall cyc panels bookended the booth, each lit evenly and brightly in a range of tints and hues by the new LED fixtures. Show-goers were impressed, as were LDI’s judges, who honoured the ColorSource CYC with a Best Debuting Lighting Product award at a ceremony on Saturday night.
Technical product manager Dave Cahalane accepted the award on behalf of the development team. “With the ColorSource CYC, we tried to provide a fixture that had a broad range of beautiful colour in a compact size,” he explained in his acceptance speech.
The cyclorama light is the latest addition to the ColorSource family of products, which bring high-quality LED lighting and control to a more affordable price point. The ColorSource CYC adds a fifth emitter colour to the standard RGB-Lime array: indigo LEDs that help achieve rich, deep blues.
Other new products on ETC’s stand included the Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 control consoles and the Eos Fader Wings. ETC also commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Source Four spotlight with a special, crowdsourced video displayed on the booth.
30th November 2017
Avolites Ai v10.1 software wins PLSN Award for Best New Software 2017
USA – Avolites had cause for celebration last week at the LDI exhibition in Las Vegas. The British manufacturer of creative lighting and video control tools scooped the 'Gold Star Best Software Award 2017' for its newly launched media server software update, Ai v10.1.
Organised by one of the entertainment technology sector's leading magazine titles, Projection Lights and Staging News (PLSN), the Gold Star Awards recognise excellence in the field of product development.
Nook Schoenfeld, lighting designer and Editor of PLSN, explains why the Ai v10.1 software is so beneficial to the industry: “While researching the latest technological advances in media servers I had to note that Avolites Ai v10.1 software is really the only software that can run on my own computer with my own graphics cards, so I do not need to purchase another computer," says Schoenfeld. "The fact that Notch is now fully integrated and can run eight separate Notch Blocks at once is great. The Ai server can now give live rendering of eight separate feeds simultaneously which is precisely what the live concert industry is demanding. It's got full Art-net for unicast and broadcast and with faster processing and the built-in pixel-mapping engine just smokes!"
LDI 2017, the leading trade event for live entertainment production technology in North America, marked Ai v10.1's official release to the international market. Visitors to the Avolites booth were able to try out the latest updates including Notch live effects integration, native 3D projection mapping, simultaneous timecode playback and live improvisation.
Visitors had the opportunity to speak with Avolites' team of experts, including Ai specialist Ruben Laine of Avolites' US distributor, Group One, about the latest software developments. Members of the Notch team were also available at the Avolites booth to provide product demonstrations and answer questions.
Koy Neminathan, sales director of Avolites says: "This year we were inundated with top designers who had heard so many positives about Ai v10.1 and Titan v10.1. Their thoughts after the demonstrations on v10.1, conducted by Ciaran Abrams and Ruben Laine, were truly complimentary.
"I feel that this LDi has revealed how far Ai has come in a short space of time in the US market. This was reinforced by the large number of trainees that were trained by Ruben prior to the show. Ruben will continue to travel throughout the US to train and educate designers in order to increase our growing user base."
The PLSN Gold Star Award was presented to the Avolites team on the first day of the LDI trade show at the Avolites and Group One booth. The Awards are judged by editors and writers of PLSN magazine.
"Winning the PLSN award topped off a great show for us," concludes Neminathan. "It recognised the efforts Ciaran and the team have put in to make this version a force to be reckoned with. It only gets stronger and more superior from here on in."
The LDI 2017 exhibition took place from 17th - 19th November at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In picture: The Avolites team at LDI 2017 being presented with their PLSN plaque by editor of PLSN, Nook Schoenfeld.
28th November 2017
Artiste Dali Best Debuting Product Accolade Completes Remarkable LDI Show for Elation
USA – It truly is awards season at Elation Professional as the company’s new full-featured Artiste Dali LED moving head won the accolade for Best Debuting Product: Lighting at the recent LDI trade show in Las Vegas. It is the second notable industry award in the past two months for the Artiste Dali, having won a PLASA Award for Innovation in September. The award came just a day after the Elation Chorus Line 16 LED batten was awarded a Gold Star Product Award by the editors and writers of PLSN magazine, and with the Proteus Hybrid also a 2017 PLASA Innovation Award winner and the Artiste DaVinci WH a Best Moving Light Award winner at the recent WFX show, the Elation trophy case is bulging.
The LDI 2017 Best Debuting Product Award was presented at an awards ceremony on Saturday, 18th November, on the AG Productions' megastructure stage at LDI: Live Outside at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “It’s a chilly evening but this definitely helps to warm things up,” exclaimed Elation sales director Eric Loader moments after accepting the award together with Elation president Toby Velazquez. “To be recognised by our peers in the industry is always a humbling yet very gratifying experience. I’m proud of our entire team as we continue to bring innovative products to market that maintain excellent price-value ratios. Most of all, we look forward to seeing how designers will incorporate this new technology into their shows.”
The Artiste Dali, which saw its North American debut at the show, is a full-featured moving head with a unique hybrid light engine that combines a 300 Watt LED source and 100 Watt laser phosphor source for greater spot and beam capabilities from one fixture. The laser phosphor source produces a denser beam with a level of brightness not possible with LED alone. By combining the two sources, users get a spot with extra punch (15,000 lumens) in an energy-efficient solution. Features include eFly wireless DMX, CMY+CTO variable colour mixing, colour wheel, rotating and static gobos, prisms, animation, zoom and frost.
On Friday, 17th November, PLSN magazine publisher Terry Lowe presented Elation and Eric Loader with a PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Moving Batten for the company’s Chorus Line 16 LED batten. With the new Chorus Line available in 8-pixel bar and 16-pixel bar versions, strip lights have graduated from static, single-purpose wash lights to more manoeuvrable, adaptable lighting effects that can fulfil a number of purposes in a single show. The multi-purpose LED batten wash luminaires house 40W RGBW LEDs and feature a wide motorised zoom, dynamic 220° tilt axis movement and the power to compete with LED video.
“With the continued improvements in LED technology, the possibilities to use linear LED battens for everything from dynamic visuals to more practical lighting solutions have increased,” states Eric Loader. “The Chorus Line represents the latest in LED pixel bar effects. The added zoom optics on the LEDs allow it to be used to light objects, scenery, cycs and stages, and the tilt motor function allows it to position or move dynamically during a show, all adding to its capabilities.”
27th November 2017
Ayrton Honoured at LDI 2017 Awards
USA – Ayrton was delighted and proud to receive the LDI 2017 Award for the Most Creative Use of Light at last week’s LDI Show in Las Vegas.
The Award was presented by the judges for ‘Ayrton’s cool product presentation that physically re-engages the audience to show their products in a unique setting.’ The light show was designed by top lighting designer Cory FitzGerald and programmed by Jason Baeri, and accepted on behalf of the company by Ayrton’s global sales manager, Michael Althaus.
Ayrton, which also celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, did indeed exhibit in spectacular form in a ‘crystal dome play-zone’ that showcased all their latest products, including many making their US debut, like the new LED spot, Ghibli.
Visitors were invited to lounge in super-comfortable gaming chairs that provided the ultimate position in which to relax, kick back and enjoy the show. Above them rose a pyramid composed of two opposing triangles of truss that carried bars of 30 alternating MagicPanel-FX and 20 IntelliPix-XT fixtures, flanked by ten MagicBlade-FX; on the opposite sides were two triangular projection screens for showing off the gobo projections from the new Ghibli™ LED spot projector, each with a line of eight NandoBeam-S9 wash lights at the base and three MagicBurst graphic strobe units at the pinnacle. In between the triangular sides were four intersecting spines each loaded with four alternating Ghibli and five MagicDot-SX fixtures and edged by ten Merak LED Fresnel fixtures. Central to the pyramid was a bank of 50 new MiniPanel-FX.
These were the tools FitzGerald used to create a design so exciting it won not only the LDI Award, but rounds of approval from all the visitors who enjoyed the show. It proved itself a fitting showcase to illustrate just some of the creative possibilities achievable with the latest lighting fixtures in Ayrton’s portfolio. Pin sharp movement and rapid responses interspersed with dreamy sweeps and washes, and transitions between club-style, geometric shapes and astral twinkles showed some of the sheer variety of looks possible in a visual feast of colour, mood and movement.
“This was a fun way to show off Ayrton to the American market in a dynamic and ‘real-world’ environment which visitors really seemed to enjoy,” says Althaus. “Cory and Jason did an amazing job with the design and programming, and the layout allowed people to see the show from different angles and perspectives. We like to present our customers with something new and make them feel part of the adventure when lounging on the booth in anticipation of our new products. It gave them a real opportunity to see just how original Ayrton fixtures are and the chance to discuss their designs and aspirations directly with the Ayrton team. Furthermore seeing many visitors return several times and enjoy the show from different viewing angles proved this presentation worked very well. So to be honoured with the Award for the Most Creative Use of Light was the cherry on the top!”
In picture: Ayrton’s Michael Althaus (left), CEO Chris Ferrante (right) and award-winning LD Cory FitzGerald (centre) with the LDI 2017 Award for Most Creative Use of Light.
27th November 2017
Contact Distribution wows AES with EM Acoustics and Xilica Audio Design
Canada – EM Acoustics’ Canadian distributor, Contact Distribution, recently participated in the monthly meeting of the Toronto chapter of the AES to deliver a presentation/demo on the challenges, merits and benefits of fixed versus floating point DSP algorithms. For over two decades the mandate of the industry has been to achieve higher sample and bit rates. Now that 192kHz is possible, the question is whether clients need it or appreciate it, especially in view of the cost of the increased performance.
The evening was hosted at Revolution Studios in Toronto. Contact provided two pairs of HALO-Cs stacked on top of two EMS118 subs per side running off the four channels of an EM Acoustics DQ20 amplifier for a unique “ears on” demonstration of the differences between 48kHz versus 96kHz and fixed and floating point architectures from Donny Chow, president and chief engineer of Xilica Audio.
“Apart from being a fantastically educational evening for us all, these events represent the best way of getting a bunch of southern Ontario’s top audio purists all in the same room to expose them to products I sell,” explained Contact’s irrepressible and charismatic MD, Bill Coons. “I specifically asked Donny to come up with a way that we could actually listen to the differences rather than just have him in front of a blackboard or PowerPoint presentation. He did an amazing job, and as a result, it was the first time anything like this had been presented in a public environment rather than in a lab in front of a bunch of egg-heads. It was a great showcase for Xilica and the perfect scenario to get some EM gear in front of everyone.
“We had flawless full-on 96kHz tracks to play to the best ears in the city,” continued Coons. “No EQ at all. Right out of the box, just loud enough to rattle their pants a little. Big, big smiles all around and comments from studio engineers going, ‘That’s a PA box..? Really..? Wow!’ It was what I expected them to say, but gratifying nonetheless. Just to make sure we really drove the message home, we also brought down a pair of EMS51s for the presenters to speak through. Of course, we ran a tune or two through them just for good measure! Same reaction … So, it was a pretty good evening all round, really!”
24th November 2017
Chroma-Q Inspire XT Wins a 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award
USA – Chroma-Q, a world-renowned brand of premium performance LED lighting solutions, manufactured in North America, has announced that the newly released Chroma-Q Inspire XT won the 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for Best New Interior Architectural Light at Live Design International (LDI) in Las Vegas (November 17th - 19th, 2017).
The Chroma-Q Inspire XT is the newest and eagerly anticipated addition to the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire colour-mixing LED house lighting range. The Chroma-Q Inspire XT is ideal for the house of worship, entertainment and architectural markets and is used by a huge range of leading lighting designers, specifiers, rental and production companies, venues, shows and events worldwide.
With homogenised optics, long and powerful throws, a full spectrum of rich colour and smooth transitions and fades, Inspire XT allows for unlimited options in lighting choreography.
“Public spaces within a venue are turning more and more into dynamic canvas. The Chroma-Q Inspire range facilitates this transition by bringing coloured ambiance that can adapt to any situation and return back to a beautiful white light for a normal situation” commented Paul Pelletier, brand manager for Chroma-Q.
The Chroma-Q Inspire XT LED house light is the most powerful fixture in the range, delivering up to 9,500 lumens. Including all the features of the Inspire and Inspire Mini with twice the output, it is ideal for situations that require the same high quality white and coloured lighting with even more output.
The Inspire XT uses Chroma-Q's advanced homogenised optics allowing for a single output beam that is clean, pure and uniform. Factory calibration ensures every Inspire’s output is colour matched.
The Inspire XT’s range of beautiful whites, soft pastels and deep saturates provides for maximum creativity. It has the ability to transform the look and feel of a space and engage an audience while subtly or boldly shaping an environment.
The XT is nearly twice as bright as the popular Inspire and uses DMX, allowing the fixture to dim smoothly through the range, particularly at low levels. Aside from being energy efficient, the Inspire XT is a low maintenance fixture delivering many years of life expectancy. Camera-friendly technology eliminates camera flicker on even the most demanding HD camera.
The Inspire XT is a multi award-winning fixture, having also received accolades from industry experts as the best New LED Fixture $1251 and Above at the Worship Facilities Conference & Expo (WFX) in Dallas (October 10th - 12th, 2017).
Other key benefits that the Inspire XT offers include:
• Quiet convection cooling (no fans)
• Theatrical grade dimming which can be controlled from FoH
• Built-in power supply
• Extremely smooth and uniform wash
24th November 2017
Star stages event industry first at Structural Awards
Star Events’ VerTech Ultra stages for the Adele 25 tour are the first ever event industry design to win at the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Structural Awards, which recognises exemplary engineering, creativity and innovation on a worldwide basis.
Developed, built, tested and shipped to Australia in just four months for the start of a genuinely in-the-round stadium tour, the identical structures suspended 90 tons of production equipment at 25m above the ground.
They also had to put Adele close to her audience, at the singer’s specific request, and preserve sightlines across stadiums with audiences in excess of 95,000. Attendance records were broken at every stadium, including Wembley
Now in its 50th year, the Structural Awards’ judging panel comprises some of the most experienced and respected professionals in structural engineering. Their specialisms include academia, architecture, construction, sustainability, innovation and research.
Awarding the Best Small Project (of between £1-3m) to Star, the judges highlighted VerTech Ultra’s bespoke features enabling the structure to reach beyond previous bounds of stadium stage touring in-the-round. How the design response focused on minimising working at height, creating unobstructed views by negating traditional bracing, and facilitating containerised transportation and rapid erection.
A spokesperson for the judges said: “The Adele 25 Stage engineering took account of the vast constraints and design drivers to produce a safe, efficient, elegant and reusable structure. The adaptability in its design allows it to be used in different countries, taking account of change in environments, multiple design code requirements and variable foundation and support conditions. It is also designed to be easily transportable and reusable, and easy and fast to construct, which allows for repeat use and therefore minimises costs.”
Roger Barrett, Star Events’ special projects director, comments:
“It is a brilliant achievement for the whole Star team in conjunction with our structural engineers, OPS Structures, to have our temporary structure engineering recognised, on a truly global level, by a team of eminent judges who have no connection with the events industry.”
22nd November 2017
Stage Electrics January Showcase Announced
UK – Stage Electrics has announced a Broadcast and Theatre Equipment Showcase to take place on 10th January 2018 at SS Great Britain, Great Eastern Hall in Great Western Dockyard, Bristol. Join them for the chance to discover some exciting equipment and meet with manufactures and staff of Stage Electrics.
This showcase will feature a selection of different suppliers including Philips Vari*Lite, Philips Showline, Strand Broadcast Lighting, Sennheiser, Prolyte, DiGiCo, EM Acoustics, Le Maitre, Swisson, Magic FX, GLS Power, Altair, GDS, Roland, RC4 Wireless and Rosco. This event will be the perfect opportunity for those who work within the broadcast or theatre sector to see and touch the latest products.
The event will run from 2pm through to 8pm.
Address: SS Great Britain, Great Eastern Hall, Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol, BS1 6TY.
Get in touch with Stage Electrics to pre-register and receive free pre-event parking.
21st November 2017
ADB Presents New Technologies tor the Present and Future of Theatre at JTSE
France – Twelve months after the change in management, ADB is now introducing itself to the French market with a new look and innovations which bear witness to the historic brand’s total commitment. What’s more, ADB is doing it with the backing of Claypaky and the Osram Group, which took over this important brand in 2016. Through in-depth market insight and advanced technological know-how, it aims to optimise the brand’s excellent products after having updated production all over the world.
Simone Capeleto, ADB CEO says: “The range of services and products types that ADB now offers is one of the most complete on the market. ADB is mastering software and hardware development, as well as product engineering and production of all key components of a stage lighting system, i.e. luminaires, dimmers, control desks, networks and motorised suspension. The recent integration with Claypaky has led to further strengthening and expansion of the range, with the introduction of new LED products.”
The most emblematic product is Klemantis, an asymmetric linear cyc light based on the most advanced LED technology. Klemantis features the innovative and exclusive HCR technology, that is based on a six-colour LED module and its unique control algorithm. The HCR technology provides a wide colour gamut, from bold colours to pastel shades, as well as an impressive tuneable white light with a CRI > 97, up to 99. Its light output is enhanced by an innovative optical system, which enables the Klemantis to generate a uniform light with excellent diffusion and perfectly blended colours.
Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum says: “The theatre sector is rapidly changing with the dramatic breakthrough of LED technology and automation, technologies in which Osram and Claypaky are leaders and innovators. LEDification has eliminated the technical differences that existed between geographical zones, and ADB’s new LED projectors can benefit from a worldwide market that makes them even more competitive. We are certain that ADB will soon become a major company not only in Europe and France in particular, where it has always been considered a market leader, but also in America and the rest of the world.”
The other recent development regards Imago and Imago Wing. They are new, flexible, professional lighting control desks for modern programming. They are compact, lightweight, ergonomic, universal, always at hand, and can be easily carried around in a backpack. The system works with Hathor, an innovative lighting software, specifically designed for today and tomorrow’s theatre challenges. Hathor features a user friendly and comfortable programming environment, and an impressive multi-users networked architecture.
Simone Capeleto says: “We have reinforced the customer support we offer to our French clientele thanks to the new skilled personnel we have hired. I am pleased to announce that our training courses will be starting soon on usage and console programming, conducted in French by a professional operator who has joined our staff.”
Come see all the new products and the most successful products of the traditional ADB line at JTSE, stand ADB 95-116 and the boite noire ADB 6.
21st November 2017
Pollstar Nominates Bandit Lites for Lighting Company of the Year
USA – Bandit Lites has announced that it is heading into its 50th anniversary with a nomination for Pollstar’s Lighting Company of the Year.
The 29th Annual Pollstar Industry Awards will take place on 8th February as the conclusion to Pollstar Live! 2018. These awards celebrate all aspects of the entertainment industry including vendors, festivals, venues, touring artists and management and are both peer nominated and voted.
As a widely circulated trade publication, Pollstar covers the professional concert industry news including box office reports, tour schedules, in-depth articles and reviews, photos and contact directories.
Bandit Lites is the only company to have been nominated every year since the awards inception and has been honoured as Lighting Company of the Year six times. This year’s nomination comes following a spectacular year lighting artists such as Garth Brooks, Alice Cooper, Kansas, The Moody Blues, Widespread Panic, Barry Manilow, Chris Tomlin, Toby Keith and Little Big Town.
In addition to Bandit Lites, additional fellow Pollstar nominees include Bandit clients such as Garth Brooks (Major Tour of the Year), Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, (Major Music Festival of the Year), The Fillmore Philadelphia (Nightclub of the Year), Ryman Auditorium and The Wiltern (Theatres of the Year).
“It is always an honour to be recognised by our peers with this prestigious nomination,” said Bandit chair and founder Michael T. Strickland. “The great team at Bandit works tirelessly every day to deliver the best people and service possible and this nod makes it all worth wile. We wish to thank all of those who trust us with their dreams and visions. We promise to always deliver. In 2018, our 50th year, we are particularly proud to be recognised as being at the top of the industry after so many wonderful years. Thank you!”
PollstarPro subscribers can cast their confidential vote for the Pollstar Awards through December 15 when the voting period closes.
21st November 2017
APG to Unveil Live Manager Software at JTSE 2017
France – APG, a French manufacturer of professional loudspeakers and the inventor of the Modular Line Array concept, will unveil APG Live Manager at the 2017 JTSE (Paris, 21st - 22nd November, stand 94). The new software will be presented alongside the successful Uniline Compact loudspeaker system, which is currently proving a resounding success in fixed installations as well as staging applications, both in France and overseas.
A result of the combined work of both the Active Audio and APG R&D teams, the new APG Live Manager remote control and monitoring software offers increased performance in a new user friendly graphic interface, allowing the user to control the entire APG range of products, from the DMS26 and DMS48 external processors to the DA50:4 and DA15:4 DSP amplifiers.
APG Live Manager allows the user to work offline in order to remotely prepare for any type of project, even those which require a complex configuration, and perform a number of background tasks from loading the loudspeaker presets to working on grouping functions.
The functionalities of the new APG Live Manager are divided into three main areas: a configuration mode for the preparation and installation phase, a setting mode for configuration and a control mode for live usage.
This new flexible software is already available on Windows and Mac devices, while a tablet version will be made available in 2018. APG will be organising demos on its JTSE stand to demonstrate the capabilities of the software.
Visitors will also have an opportunity to see APG’s flagship Uniline Compact (UC) range, which is enjoying groundbreaking success both on a French and international scale. The UC range comprises the UC206N (for mid and long range), the UC206W (for short and mid-range) and the UC115B subwoofer.
Two years after its launch, this compact loudspeaker has already convinced over thirty event and rental staging companies in France, and has also been adopted by a number of users in Germany, UK, China, South Korea and Hong Kong.
Fixed installation users are praising the flexibility of the UC system, which is perfectly adapted to all applications without compromising on the sound quality or power. A dozen entertainment and live venues switched to the UC system in 2017, including Le Grand T national theatre in Nantes (capacity: 850), Le Hasard Ludique concert venue in Paris, and the Royal Geographical Society which boasts an auditorium of 750 people in the heart of London. In recognition to the superiority of the system, the Uniline Compact is a finalist of the 2018 InAVation Awards in the Technology for Leisure Venues category.
APG’s Uniline Compact has also demonstrated its outstanding flexibility for indoor and outdoor events that cater for 100 up to 3,000 people, including the MoZ’aïques music festival in Le Havre.
Last but not least, APG will take the opportunity of exhibiting at the 2017 JTSE to announce the hire of a new sales engineer in the first quarter of 2018, who will be responsible for the French integrators and rental stagers network.
21st November 2017
L-Acoustics takes L-ISA and Syva to CUE
The Netherlands – L-Acoustics has announced that it will be exhibiting at CUE, on 15th - 17th January at the Rotterdam Ahoy, where it will welcome visitors to stand 122 to meet the L-Acoustics team and learn more about the L-ISA Immersive Sound Art platform, view the new Syva colinear source system and the upcoming P1 networked digital audio processor.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L-Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psychoacoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences. L-ISA is the only comprehensive solution that integrates innovative sound design, loudspeaker systems, proprietary processing hardware and software-based audio tools.
Syva, meanwhile, is a new breed of speaker, blending groundbreaking L-Acoustics line-source heritage with a plug-and-play simplicity and an elegant design. Created for professional sound reinforcement and high-end residential applications requiring high fidelity and SPL with minimum impact, Syva gives peerless power and performance.
Syva is an outstanding choice for corporate events, fashion and trade shows, as well as for sound reinforcement in amphitheatres and performing arts centres. The modern, sleek design will make it an attractive option for houses of worship as well as intimate settings such as home cinemas or lounge bars.
In addition to the stand, L-Acoustics will host a private meeting for its partners on the morning of January 15th and an invitation-only cocktail on the booth on the evening of the 15th.
21st November 2017
Robe Rocks LDI 2017
USA – The 2017 LDI (Lighting Dimensions International) expo started on a high note for Robe Lighting. As soon as the show was declared open, Robe’s brand new MegaPointe moving light was presented with a 2017 PLSN Gold Star Product Award for ‘Best New Hybrid Light’.
That was just a phenomenal start for what Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl described as: “Our busiest and most energised LDI to date. The turnout of clients was amazing and validates our sales and marketing approach for the North American market.”
MegaPointe, which was shown for the first time at a US exhibition, was the focus of the show with Robe bringing its acclaimed ‘MegaPointe Live’ show to booth 715; a dramatic, high-impact live performance spectacle starring 42 MegaPointes and a freestyle mirror-suit clad dancer which attracted hundreds of visitors to the booth every hour on the hour.
The stand design and the live show’s direction and choreography were conceived by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
The robot brought-to-life narrative and stark post industrial stage set was accompanied by a dynamic soundtrack based on the original MegaPointe global launch video presentation, which was built into an adrenalised and bespoke version specific to LDI.
The five-minute routine and custom-designed mirror suit accentuated the power and multiple effects achievable using MegaPointes and each show received rapturous rounds of applause from the packed audiences.
Other innovative new Robe products utilised by the live show included LEDBeam 150s, onePATTs, Divine UVs, Spiiders and pixelPATTs.
Architectural division Anolis had its own dedicated space on the booth which highlighted the new Divine and Ambien product ranges plus other popular products like ArcSource.
The team from Robe North America was joined by a strong contingent from Robe International and together they welcomed numerous customers: new, existing and potential friends, contacts and interested parties from all over the US, Canada, Central and Latin America.
There was also a perceptible increase in European visitors this year reflecting the growing global demographic of the show, underlining its significance as a major launchpad for new products, technologies and ideas for the entertainment technology industry.
In addition to the MegaPointe Live show, two black-box demonstration studios were prominent on the stand and received a constant stream of visitors for detailed close-up demos of all the latest moving light technologies by Robe’s product specialists including a preview of the Tarantula, the next BIG arachnid (Spiider family) fixture from Robe.
Robe lighting s.r.o. and CEO and co-founder Josef Valchar commented: “It was another fantastic show for us and LDI is without doubt the most important expo for the rental, staging and concert touring industry in North America.
“It is a very important networking opportunity both on the show floor and all the various off-site activities, and a chance for us to engage actively, listen to and continue to build our community in the region, connecting to lighting and visual designers, programmers, technicians, rental companies, venue operators and managers.
“It is also great to be back in Las Vegas and experience the spirit of a city united and strong in the face of recent events.”
photos: Louise Stickland
20th November 2017
Doughty Engineering awards future star at annual gala dinner
UK – Doughty Engineering has awarded an aspiring performing arts student for his achievements at a gala dinner hosted by Brockenhurst College. Cayton Francis was chosen to receive the accolade at the awards ceremony on 15th September,
Cayton stood out as an active member of the performing arts department, and Tara Gadd, head of curriculum – performing arts and music, said: “I couldn’t think of a better person to receive the award. Cayton's commitment to his craft far outreaches his course requirements.”
Tara added: “We have an extraordinarily talented bunch of students here at Brockenhurst College and I have loved watching Cayton grow and develop alongside his fellow students. I’m convinced that what we’ve seen from Cayton is just the tip of the iceberg and I am sure he will go on to achieve great things.”
The College hosts the awards evening every year to recognise the wide array of its students’ achievements and Doughty Engineering, one of many local companies to work with the college to offer work placements, training opportunities and other aspects of students’ learning, was only too pleased to sponsor the performing arts award.
Stephen Wright, director at Doughty Engineering said: “We’re delighted to be involved with these awards. It’s vital that we recognise students who are grasping every opportunity to receive an excellent education. All the students here have achieved so much and have truly made the most of their lives through learning, and these awards reflect that. These young people, as they move into higher education and employment, will make a real contribution to our society.”
He added: "This was the first time I had been back to Brockenhurst College since leaving there myself over 20 years ago and I was extremely impressed, both by the way the site had been modernised to suit the courses on offer and the curriculum requirements, but also the achievement of the students being celebrated on the evening. We take great pride in sponsoring this award – our heart lies within the performing arts arena – we design, manufacture and provide the world of stage and television with the equipment it needs to ensure the technical aspects of putting on a show are in place. But without emerging young talent there would be no industry for us to serve.”