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Shure supports sea side performance of Peter Grimes

Erica Basnicki 9 September 2013
Shure supports sea side performance of Peter Grimes

Shure radio microphones and in-ear monitoring systems were used extensively at the recent 2013 Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk. The Festival celebrated local composer Benjamin Britten’s Centenary this year with a spectacular production of the opera Peter Grimes set quite literally at the sea side – on a 50m wide set placed at the very edge of the Suffolk shingle, where the North Sea begins.   Richard Nowell Sound Services Ltd (RNSS) designed the audio systems this year at Aldeburgh, and were faced with a number of challenges for the Peter Grimes staging, including the possibility that Aldeburgh beach might have ‘unexploded ordnance’ buried in it from wartime military defences!   In the end, the orchestral score and some of the chorus parts in the opera were pre-recorded at nearby Snape Maltings a week before the show and triggered live on the night, although many of the more important choral parts and all of the principals still sang live.   RNSS chose Shure products for all of the 30 channels of RF mics they used at the event, drawing on UHF-R+ systems from their own stock, as well as 62 channels of PSM1000 in-ear monitoring, and SDUK pro audio group manager Tuomo Tolonen was on hand in the run-up to the performance to offer technical support.   Still the only true diversity in-ear monitoring system, with two identical antennas on the bodypack receivers, the PSM1000s proved their worth in this most challenging of performance locations. "For RNSS, the only choice for radio mics and IEMs was Shure," explained Richard Nowell, founder of RNSS. "Tuomo Tolonen provided invaluable backup and technical expertise, and what few issues we experienced on-site were quickly resolved. The project seems to have been a complete success, and all concerned were delighted."  

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