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When Oakham School, a historic independent co-educational school that dates back to the 16th century, wanted a new sound system for its Queen Elizabeth Theatre they approached Pearce Hire, from whom it had rented gear in the past, for advice.
That was six months ago, and the result has been the installation of an RCF compact HDL 6-A by the Peterborough based company in this 220-seat drama theatre, complete with fixed raked seating.
Powered by a 1400W 2-channel class-D amplifier this compact, active line array, packed with RCF’s purpose designed transducers, was a logical recommendation, meeting all requirements for vocal intelligibility and with a high dynamic for live and recorded music.
Said Andy Howling, who heads up Installation and Sales at Pearce Hire, “The previous system sounded tired, coverage was poor and it was no longer fit for purpose. They needed to upgrade.”
Theatre technician Phil Norton agreed. “It was time to replace our current system and we wanted something that would be suitable for big musicals and a system that would reflect the excellent standard of our theatre productions.”
“I have done a lot of touring and worked with both the HDL 10-A and HDL 20-A in places like Motherwell and Stamford Corn Exchange. We needed a punchy system and I wanted a line array. I’ve always had a good experience with Pearce and they knew I liked the HDL range. Given the constraints on space and the need for it to be flown high in view of the pros arch, they proposed the HDL 6-A as a budget conscious option.”
Andy Howling takes up the story. “Although the HDL 6-A had already been specified when I arrived, I have worked with RCF previously and it was great to be working again with such a key loudspeaker manufacturer. This fitted the bill nicely given the space and budget parameters.”
The installation is based around six HDL 6-A elements in two Left/Right hangs while a further centre cluster comprises two HDL 6-A and a pair of active HDL 12-AS flyable subwoofers.
With its 100° coverage pattern, the design fills the space perfectly, since the awkwardly-shaped room is wider than it is long.
Indeed the facility required industry-leading technology, since students learn all aspects of theatre work, including dance, as well as design, lighting, sound, stage management, wardrobe, make-up and front of house.
Each year Oakham School supports students through the audition process for the National Youth Theatre, universities or specialist drama schools, such as RADA, LAMDA and Guildhall and enjoys great success in this area.
Phil Norton says the new system has certainly justified his faith in RCF’s popular line array platform. “We’ve now run several productions on the new system, and it’s made a massive difference. We now have even distribution and the HDL 6-A delivers the same sound to every seat.”
Pearce Hire have been focussing on developing young people to be the technicians and project managers of the future and have taken on a number of young people to take on and train with this in mind. As a result of this, recently Pearce Hire have promoted three people from the warehouse to full time technician roles. One of those is Dave Richardson who joined the team in 2013.
Before Dave joined Pearce Hire he was studying Music Technology at Peterborough Regional College – a college with whom Pearce Hire works closely on internship opportunities. He was also working as a freelance sound engineer at local venues and for local bands. His passion for live sound was inspired by his cousin who was also a sound engineer.
Dave is now a full time technician with Pearce Hire and works in the warehouse between shows prepping audio equipment. For him the best part of the job is the variety each day brings – no two days are ever the same. Although, as with so many in the industry, he can find the long hours challenging.
In the busy spring and summer seasons, Dave will very often be seen working on site at various outdoor festivals and events up and down the UK. To date his biggest achievement has been getting directly behind the sound desks on site and operating FOH. His favourite desk is the Yamaha QL5 – with its great sound and user-friendly layout. So far his favourite gig to have operated was the El Dorado Festival where he was able to show is skills on a Yamaha QL5 for the Boudoir Stage.
When he isn’t behind a sound desk, or working in the Pearce Hire warehouse, Dave is sporty and enjoys going to the gym and competing in a variety of sports.
The best piece of advice he has ever been given? “Work smarter, not harder. Don't lift things more often than you need to.” He always bears this in mind and never shies away from a challenge, is never put off as he strives to do the best he can and learn from any errors. Dave would always encourage any up and coming audio technicians to get as much experience behind a desk as possible as it is the best way to learn their craft.
Keep going Dave and thank you for all your hard work and commitment to your work for Pearce Hire!
Pearce Hire are thrilled to have been selected as the worthy recipient of this year’s Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards.
Held at Novotel London West, Pearce Hire were shortlisted for the Best Power Supplier Award, as they have been at two other award ceremonies this season. But, as they say, third time lucky!
“It is a huge accolade to have even been shortlisted for an Event Production Award, as we have also been a finalist for a TPI Award and a Festival Supplier Award this season. But to actually win the EPA for Best Power Supplier was really the icing on the cake!” smiles Shaun Pearce, Managing Director, Pearce Hire.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment our dedicated staff and crew put into our projects throughout the year, and a big thank you goes to every one of them. As well, of course, as our loyal customer base who have really put us in the position to win this award.”
The team have now returned to their HQ in Peterborough where they are busy prepping for what they anticipate will be their busiest Spring and Summer season to date.
Pearce Hire provide production services and dry hire to over 2,000 events a year. Through the winter months the company has made significant investments in their hire stock to ensure that the very best equipment is available to their customers for the festival season ahead.
The next few weeks will see Pearce Hire back out on sites around the UK, providing production services for the first outdoor events of the season, which this year includes Lovebox, Forest Live series, Classic Ibiza, Detonate Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Equifest.
Pearce Hire’s award winning team will also be available to meet existing and new customers at the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show. See the team on stand RA-05 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th May.