UK: An EAW line array was utilised during the recent Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, writes David Davies. Taking place every ten years, the Lambeth Conference provides an opportunity for Anglican ministers from around the world to meet and discuss issues affecting their branch of Christianity.
Providing sound reinforcement in the main venue - a custom-designed temporary structure - was an EAW KF730/SB730 line array, supplied and implemented by Cheltenham-based Peak Hire Limited.
The 2008 Lambeth Conference - the 14th in the event's history - took place at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus in late July/early August.
The system in the 1,600-seat temporary auditorium was designed to give maximum coverage across the flat floor and tiered seating, and featured flown KF730s and stacked SB730s. Among those whose addresses were heard through the system was Archbishop of Canterbury - and celebrated fan of '60s psych-folk pioneers the Incredible String Band - Rowan Williams (pictured).
Peak Hire's managing director, Karl Ashman, commented: "We were very pleased with the set-up of the system. Despite some last-minute changes to the layout of the venue, we were able to quickly adapt, allowing for even coverage throughout the 1,600-seat auditorium. The new UX8800 processing for these boxes is stunning."
The company also used the KF730 line array at a number of other major UK events during the summer, including Subway Picnic Rocks in London and the 2000 Trees Festival in Gloucestershire.
Moray McMillin from EAW Applications & Support Group Europe tells PSN-e: "EAW have a great relationship with Peak and we are delighted that they have gone from strength to strength since their initial purchase of the KF730 line array two years ago. They run a very efficient and well-organised operation with attention to detail and well-maintained, top quality equipment. The Lambeth Conference has followed on from a successful series of similar events for their client. We hope that they have picked up a few 'blessings' on the way and wish them much continued success in the future."