As part of their ‘Sound for Theatre’ training all the year 1 Theatre Technology pathway students have just spent time in the Audio Recording Studio here at Guildhall. Having borrowed a selection of instruments and ‘toys’ from various sources (thanks here to Bill and Dean in the instrument store!) they set about experimenting with various recording techniques (ably supported by Mark Rainbow from the AV team) to try and build up a meteorological soundscape of wind, rain and thunder (possibly as they had a thunder sheet and rain sticks to play with!). This exersice is the beginning of their sound design instruction which will hopefully lead to a number of them opting to have a go at deisgning for Guildhall shows in their second and third year allocations.
The Studio has a HD Pro Tools rig with a C24 desk; a wide range of microphones; and can accommodate a fair sized student band alongside the Steinway grand piano.
(Big thanks to the AV department for their support in this venture.)
Setting up to record the rain-sticks.
Will it sound good in stereo?
Mark (AV) with Elliott and Jess at the C24 Pro Tools HD desk.
Whistling in the wind…
More wind (different tune…)
Getting to grips with the desk…
…to get the mix as stormy as possible!
So rehearsals for our upcoming Spring Opera Double Bill are in full swing (as it were) and this week saw the first rehearsals with the orchestra and the singers. The initial run-through (the Sitzprobe) has the singers just singing through their parts at the front of the stage with the orchestra in the pit. The rest of the week has been ‘stage and piano’ (which hopefully speaks for itself!) Next week will be full dress rehearsals so we’ll try and get some more shots of that for our next update. In the meantime check out below for some shots of the Sitzprobe with the orchestra conducted by our Head of Opera, Dominic Wheeler.
Singers and Orchestra in front of the developing set.
The Orchestra Pit.
Dominic and the upper strings.
The brass are tucked under the stage.
Tickets for the Spring Opera can be bought here.
And so we’ve come to the end another Shakespeare drama with closing night on ‘AMND’ this Saturday evening. Involving elements of nearly all our theatre technology pathway areas (lighting, sound and automation) the show has been a great success and given all the students involved a great experience. The traditional cast and crew photo was taken in front of the magnificent tapestry created for the show by the Design Realisation students. (Our thanks to Mat Ferguson for the photo.)
However, there’s more Shakespeare to come as Twelfth Night opens in the Milton Court Theatre on Monday 16th and tickets can be bought here!
So we started technical rehearsals for A Midsummer Night’s Dream this morning and all is moving along nicely. We have student designers on both lighting (Rory Beaton) and sound (George Lumkin), both doing a fantastic job, ably supported by their peers programming the boards and operating the shows. Check out the photos below for a brief peak…
The magnificent tapestry created by the Design Realisation students.
Dan on the lighting board.
Rory’s wonderful lighting design.
Bottom and Titania.
A panorama with the lighting desk on the left and the sound desk on the right.
Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream can be bought here.