“We were always going to supplement the resident lighting rig with Entec’s additional elements, such as 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 LED zoom/tilt battens that we focused on the brick walls along the first floor. We also had some gobos specially made for ETC Source Fours to project event branding in the corridors directly outside the auditorium. Claypaky Alpha Spot HPE 300s and Thomas PixelPar 44 fixtures also added backlight on the stage for the live acts.”
In the foyer, the top level bar and the press interview area, banners were lit with 12 battery-powered uplighters, and Arri tungsten Redhead kits were also available whenever photographers needed extra light. “It’s a lovely building to light and those brick walls really make it easy to achieve some very attractive looks.”
Fraser controlled the lighting from a grandMA2 full-size desk. “With the live acts there were no soundchecks, no briefs and no one asked anything of me, so I made a lot of use of Entec’s two Robert Juliat Victor 1800w spotlights and had plenty of Source Fours for key light.
He added: “Award shows can sometimes fill you with dread because if running order details can change at the last minute, they normally will! But this was fine; Fiona was so well organised and having crew assistance from Simon Chandler-Honnor and Andrew Banks certainly helped to lighten my load.”
Entec provided a DiGiCo SD11 for FOH engineer Rui Feio with its own SD Rack, which connected to the resident fibre loop. The audio package also included Shure Axient Digital wireless handheld microphones, DPA headset mics, Shure PSM1000 in-ear systems and d&b M4 stage monitors with C7 subs.
Rui took responsibility for all of the awards sound elements, such as speeches, stage foldback and audio to VT, with a FOH feed sent to the house SD12 desk through the optical network for processing before reaching the house L-Acoustics K2 line array. Following the dinner and awards ceremony, the live music content was managed by the venue’s regular sound crew, using Entec’s onstage audio infrastructure, with assistance from Rob Humphries. Professor Green and Soul II Soul bringing their own FOH engineers, while Entec’s wedges were fed from the house SD12 monitor desk.
During the build up to show time, Entec’s audio crew worked on a rota basis, as technician Rob Humphries explained. “Dan Scantlebury [Entec’s head of sound] and crew tech Lewis Wareham managed the morning load-in, and I came in with Rui at lunchtime to organise a plan with the venue’s own sound team who were in charge of the house PA. Later in the day, I liaised with production and stage management, and looked after the stage end, while Lewis tended to the wireless systems.” Tom Olorenshaw joined the crew for the show and assisted with the load-out.