Our first two dramas of this term both have student sound designers – Eleanor Coxall (Sound Designer for The Cherry Orchard) and Lewis Hannaby (Associate Sound Designer on the Crimp plays). And what better fun is there for sound designers than taking apart an old piano to see what weird and wonderful sounds one can produce from it! So, suitably assisted by Chris Harmon (Production Sound Engineer) and Maxam Gamble (Sound assistant) the sound team have just spent the afternoon doing exactly that. The Cherry Orchard requires the sound of a snapping piano string (so out come the pliers) and the Crimp plays require some natural reverb for the popping of balloons (a struck piano sound board has some wonderful resonances), so the team recorded well over 90 minutes worth of sound that now needs editing and processing and more editing etc.
So check out the photos below and don’t worry, the piano was already unplayable…
On Sunday Nick Peel was at the annual ‘Knights of Illumination Awards’ which honour the best in lighting design across the fields of theatre/opera television and concert/events lighting. It was a very enjoyable evening as he met up with former Guildhall lighting lecturer Steve Huttly and many former students and other friends of Guildhall from the lighting world.
It was a successful evening for two designers who are associated with Guildhall, who both won a full size steel sword to hang on their wall.
Winner of The Robert Juliat Theatre Award for Opera:
Simon Corder for ‘The Queen of Spades’ at Holland Park
Simon will be lighting this terms opera ‘The Consul’ as the latest of many shows at Guildhall.
Winner of The ADB Theatre Award for Plays:
Richard Howell for ‘Guards at the Taj’
Richard graduated from Guildhall in 2006 and has since built a career in lighting design including lighting an opera double bill at Guildhall ‘The dancing master’ and ‘I pazzi per progetto’ in 2015.
So here we all are again! The summer has flown by and we’re all back to warmly welcome another smily and excited group of new students! All the new Technical Theatre Arts, Video Design for Live Performance and Collaborative Theatre Production and Design students have just completed their first week…and they’re all still smiling! It’s been a great week meeting them all and we are all looking forward to teaching them over the next few years.
We’ve also got three productions in rehearsals and preparation –
Crime 1, 2, 3 and 4
The Cherry Orchard
Check out the links for more details.