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Orbital to relaunch training seminars

test 9 September 2008

UK: Orbital Sound is seeking to boost sound engineering qualifications in the theatre industry, writes David Davies. The company is reintroducing its multi-day training seminars for students, with the first – the two-day ‘Sound Skills for Theatre’ – scheduled to take place at the company’s South London HQ on October 2nd and 3rd. According to Orbital Sound, the course will provide “an intensive, hands-on look at the technologies and challenges facing theatre professionals in the rapidly advancing world of theatre sound.”

Topics to be covered include show control and audio playback, radio mics, communications systems, video and digital consoles. There will also be an opportunity to talk to experienced engineers, designers and product specialists.

“There is a skills shortage in this area, and with some 26 pantomimes coming up for Orbital at Christmas there will be a requirement to provide 52 sound engineers,” said Orbital Sound’s principle tutor, Theo Holloway. “These courses have proved extremely popular in the past and have helped develop the stagecraft required for every type of show. At the same time, we have also had personnel from some of the consolidated touring productions attend.”

The fee for the course is _165 (+VAT), although discounts are available for students and BECTU members. To find out more or book a place email or call +44 (0)207 501 6868.

The two-day seminar will be preceded on October 1st by a separate session on electroacoustics, hosted by one of Orbital’s key sound reinforcement suppliers, d&b audiotechnik. To book a place on this Seminar, visit

Orbital is planning a five-day course for next year, to be entitled ‘Sound Fundamentals for Theatre’.

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