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Last Night of the Proms with grandMA
An audience of 45,000 people were present in London’s Hyde Park to see this year’s Last Night of the Proms. The lighting for this show was once again designed by Tony Hall who explains: “There were eight very full universes of DMX, without the generic channels. The grandMA was an obvious choice, since the channel count is so large and the desk has an excellent ‘rock solid’ reputation.” During the three intensive evenings of plotting, the desk performed faultlessly. “Even better, the desk also performed during the show in the same manner. Essential Lightings decision to add the grandMA range of consoles to its hire fleet is largely based on its reputation for reliability and this has been proved on this technically demanding event.”
Tony Hall insisted on all the lamps being centrally rigged on each truss spine. So each unit was rigged onto a scaff bar to get the correct orientation. The arena lighting is always a huge undertaking, since the camera shots need to cover right to the back of the audience. Included in the lighting-rig were eleven Vari*Lite 3000 spots.
Hattie Spice was responsible for the stunning set, which was created to reflect the classic “Tiffany” lamp made of structural spines of trussing, with a painted cloth between each spine. Martin Seymour programmed the moving lights. He commented: “It had been a joy to use the grandMA.” Comprehensive project support was offered by Essential Lighting.
The “Proms” is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts held annually in Central London, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington. Most people's perception of the Proms is taken from the ‘Last Night’, although this concert is quite different from the others. The concert is traditionally in a lighter, “winding-down” vein, with more popular classics being followed by a series of patriotic pieces in the second half of the concert.
25th September 2006
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