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Peterborough-based production supplier Pearce Hire has recently demonstrated their significant capabilities in the touring sector. The company provided a three-truss lighting rig and technician for the latest Jools Holland UK Winter Tour.
Pearce Hire has worked with Midland Sound & Lighting and Jools Holland’s production team for several years and this was the second full Winter tour for Jools Holland that they have been involved in.
The lighting rig complemented by on-site technical support included 18 Martin Mac 700 Profiles and 12 Robe Robin LEDWash 1200s. Additional fixtures included Robert Juliat Cyrano follow spots and a number of Studio Due CS4s purchased specifically by Pearce Hire to service the tour.
‘Over the years we have formed a strong working relationship with Jools’ production manager Andy Salmon, and LD Simon Chandler-Honnor comments John Huson, Project Manager for Pearce Hire. ‘Because of this we were able to make recommendations including the introduction of the Robe Robin LEDWash 1200s. We invested in these lights last summer, and Simon was delighted with the results. We were also happy to make the investment in Studio Due fixtures to meet the tour spec. Simon also went with our recommendation of operating the show from a Chamsys MagicQ MQ100 Pro 2010 Console with a MagicQ Execute Wing. The final part of the package we supplied was distribution from one of our custom made 72 Way Moving Light Distribution Racks as well as a Green Hippo HippoCritter media server’.
Supporting the production team with technical expertise on behalf of Pearce Hire was technician Richard Luke. ‘Having Richard as part of the tour crew enhanced our involvement beyond that of simply being the dry hire supplier. Richard was our on-site point of contact for the production team. He knows the kit inside out and provided peace of mind should any issues arise. As it happens, the tour ran incredibly smoothly’ continued Huson.
Andy Salmon, Production Manager for the tour expands ‘Pearce Hire have an excellent reputation for outstanding service and reliable kit. They are always competitive as well as being a pleasure to work with. We’ve had a relationship with them over many years and they have developed into a company that is a highly competent and capable supplier for our tours. I would say they are our supplier of choice for both indoor and outdoor events.
Pearce Hire’s John Huson concludes ‘We are focused on increasing our involvement in the touring sector as we head into 2013 and working with MS&L on the Jools Holland project has allowed us to demonstrate what we can offer both in terms of high end kit provision as well as incredible know how from our experienced team of technicians and project managers’.
Pearce Hire has once more demonstrated the diverse breadth of projects they work on, with a magical garden lighting feature installed over the festive season.
The beautiful landscaped gardens at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire were given a nocturnal facelift with a dramatic lighting design created by the team at Pearce Hire for the 'Winter Lights' event.
'We'd like to think we created a little bit of outdoor theatre for the visitors to the gardens in the run up to Christmas' comments Pearce Hire's John Huson, project manager and key lighting designer of this project.
The Visitor Experience team at Anglesey Abbey were first put in contact with Pearce Hire by John Wootten of Eastern Events who has long-standing relationships with both Pearce Hire and Anglesey Abbey but, until now, had never put them together as a project team. As a result of this introduction, the Pearce Hire team worked closely with the team at the Abbey and created an ingenious lighting scheme that provided an atmospheric journey for visitors as they walked through the various different areas of the ornamental gardens.
'There were a myriad of unusual challenges we had to address with this temporary installation' explains Huson. 'There was a significant area to cover and we wanted to make sure that each area had a distinct feel to it. As you can imagine, there was a lot of testing in the months leading up to the event to gauge what plants would take the light, and what colours would be most complementary to the surrounding flora and fauna and the natural shapes and shadows of the gardens'.
The team had a number of logistical issues to contend with including limited access working around the visiting hours of the Abbey and Gardens, and the challenge of installing some heavy duty lighting and power equipment in an intricate ornamental garden setting. Fixture choice focussed heavily on efficiency and power consumption with the intention of reducing the carbon footprint of the event. These included the i-Pix BB 4 Washlight and 150w and 400w MBI's and even simple 150w tungsten flood lights and outdoor parcans which were fitted with special custom brackets for use on soft ground.
'Power distribution was one of our biggest challenges', continues Huson. 'There were three 'super silent' 20Kva generators located around the gardens to power the lighting. We located them within areas of dense woodland to absorb any noise they did make and to ensure they didn't spoil the magic we were creating'.
'There were certain areas of the gardens that the National Trust team wanted to highlight, including the famous Himalayan silver birch groves. There is no doubt we created a 'wow' factor for visitors using the low power consumption BB4's along that part of the trail'.
'We were ecstatic with the final results and the overall lighting design that Pearce Hire created for us', comments Laura Booty, Visitor Experience Manager at Anglesey Abbey. 'The Winter Lights project was the first time we had worked with Pearce Hire and I can't recommend them highly enough. They were creative, efficient and professional, and our visitor feedback spoke volumes - describing the experience as magical, ethereal and wondrous. I will definitely be working with them again'.
Pearce Hire is pleased to announce that since they purchased a significant number of Robe Robin fixtures last summer, they have barely been on the shelves of their Peterborough base.
'It was the first investment we have made in Robe fixtures', comments Dan Shelton, Project Manager for Pearce Hire. 'Once Ian Brown from Robe had demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of this light, we made a significant investment in 36 fixtures'.
'Robe is a universally recognised brand with reliable post-sales back up and technical support. The Robe Robin 1200 LEDWash appealed to us as the 'best in class' and are totally operator friendly. The fixture has exceptional brightness and it is lightweight whilst still being a robust LED fixture. Added to which it has all the functionality our customers require when working in both indoor, and outdoor environments' Shelton continues.
'When we make this kind of investment in equipment, we have to be confident that the fixtures will be a desirable dry hire product, both in terms of an attractive hire price for our customers as well as offering all the functionality and reliability required for short, medium and long term hire'.
'To date, we've not been disappointed - the lights have been used on some demanding events including the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Forestry Commission Tour, a run of IML Summer Concerts and at the end of the year, the 8-week Jools Holland Winter Tour. They have certainly not been sitting idle in the warehouse!'
'There is every reason to expect the same level of rental from these lights going into 2013', concludes Shelton.