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CPL provides lighting, sound and video for Education First event
Production design and solution specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) provided full technical production - lighting, sound and video - to Bright Productions for a global sales conference event hosted by Education First’s corporate solutions division.
The event encompassed a two day conference with two evenings of themed entertainment and was staged in the environs of Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, UK. CPL’s John Radford project managed the conference elements of the event working closely with Andy Oswan from Bright, while CPL’s Simon Haydon co-ordinated the evening action together with Bright’s Alistair Paul.
This took place in Ashridge House’s main conference room, where the set - designed and supplied by CPL - became the main focal point of the room. It comprised twin screens with graphic-wrapped panels and was inspired by a previous set design by Bright which was adapted and developed especially for the new event and location.
The set and the room were up-lit using a series of Miltech LED battens and Martin MAC Aura moving LED wash lights. For the projection used in the presentations, CPL provided two Panasonic 10Ks which were flown from the existing house metal roof superstructure, which also provided positions of the general stage lighting provided by ETC Source Four Juniors and Selecon Acclaim fresnels. A D&B sound system featured left and right stacks of E12s with a QSub array run through a Yamaha QL1 console.
The hub of the two evening social events was Ashridge House’s Main Hall, a neo-classical two level space with a staircase that turns 180 degrees giving access to the gallery level. On the first night, the first level landing area of the staircase was utilised for the DJ booth and as a band stage - both used their own portable PA systems, while on the second night, it served as the platform for an Awards presentation.
An important part of the lighting brief was to highlight key architectural features of the room and simultaneously ensure that the equipment blended into the background. They constructed a series of vertical trussing towers on MPT bases at gallery level which were rigged with lights, which from that vantage point were ideally positioned to shoot down into the room/dancefloor below as well as up into the ceiling and around the walls.
The selected lighting fixtures were a mix of Clay Paky Mythos multi-functional moving lights, MAC Auras and MAC 350 Entours. Around 40 SmartBatt LED uplighters were used to graze up the walls in the reception and feeder areas leading in to the Main Hall. On the first night, the symmetry of the Ashridge’s Italian Gardens was accented in red, white and blue light using Core ColourPoint Mark 2 LED uplighters. On the second night in front of the library, a different part of the extensive gardens, were lit as delegates enjoyed a fireworks finale.
For the Awards presentation, Clay Paky A.leda K20 LED wash moving lights fitted with B-Eye lenses were added to the Main Hall lighting scheme, together with CP Sharpies and Arri L5 wash lights. Sixty-five inch LED screens on stands were dotted around the room so everyone could see the nomination and winner information. Guests passed from the Main Hall into a new space, the Lady Marian Allford room which was set up with DJ, a D&B Q1 line array sound system and lit with more Sharpys and B-Eyes for an after-party vibe. All stage and room lighting was run off an Avolites Quartz console.
(Photos: Bright Productions)
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