The Children in Need Rocks Show at the Royal Albert Hall was held in November and was in part a tribute to Sir Terry Wogan, the late BBC Radio 2 presenter who was one of charity’s staunchest advocates.
The show featured Olly Murs, Ellie Goulding, Rick Astley, Beverley Knight, Alfie Boe & Michael Ball, Take That and Gregory Porter.
It also ran to the tightest of schedules. Britannia Row’s project manager Lez Dwight says a Britrow crew loaded in just after midnight for rehearsals commencing at 2pm that Monday afternoon.
He comments: “It was a tricky high-rigged system to avoid blocking camera lines; we designed an unusual deployment of L-Acoustics K2 with a comprehensive array of fills to ensure everyone heard these spectacular performances in all their glory. Two SSL consoles were used FoH and one Digico SD5 for monitors. An SD10 was used to provide stems of the orchestra and the one hundred strong choir to FOH and to broadcast. We used two crews, one to rig and de-rig with a fresh team to manage and run the system during the show and rehearsals.”
BBC studios throughout the UK were full of broadcast performances and events helping to raise funds, with Yamaha digital mixing consoles playing their part at Maida Vale studios in west London.
The studios were host to a three hour live-to-air broadcast by BBC Radio London, hosted by Robert Elms and Gary Crowley, as well as a performance by the cast of School of Rock – The Musical. Live Audio production in the studios was handled by John Henry’s, contracted for the event by BBC Radio’s senior live music producer Andy Rogers. For the consoles, John Henry’s supplied a Yamaha PM5D-RH, two QL5s, a QL1 and an M7CL-48.
The live broadcast was hosted in Studio 3 and featured three stages. On one a PM5D-RH was used to mix live performances by the Zombies and Shakin’ Stevens with his band; the second stage was host to Sophie Ellis-Bextor using the M7CL, while the third was an acoustic stage featuring the Paul Carrack trio, Nick Heyward and his band, Sean Escoffrey and Jack Savoretti with one of the QL5s.
“Each of the consoles was mixing monitors for the artists, who were using a mix of wedges and in-ears. The QL1 took a feed from each console to provide a mix for the audience in the room, as well as the presenter mics and the broadcast feed,” says Pepin Clout, special projects manager at John Henry’s.
NewBay Media, publishers of PSNEurope, also held two days of fundraising for Children in Need – with a bake sale, guess the manager photo game, raffle and other activities, raising almost £320 for the charity.
Overall, the appeal raised £46.6 million.