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Britannia Row looks to Outline for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert

Daniel Gumble
Britannia Row looks to Outline for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert

The recent Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London saw Britannia Row Productions selected to handle audio production for the Jubilee concert.

The concert, which was organised by Gary Barlow, took place on Monday June 4th, featuring a raft of rock and pop legends, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Dame Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Madness (who performed on the roof of Buckingham Palace) and many more. A special temporary stage was constructed for the event on and around the Queen Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace.

Britannia Row Productions were brought in to handle audio production for the event, deploying systems to cover not just the concert but also the full length of The Mall, St James’s Park, Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park (where an Outline GTO system was used on the Commonwealth Stage). For the main concert area Britannia Row had designed and deployed a system comprised of 96 Outline Butterfly enclosures, with 48 Outline Subtech subwoofers for the audience of 20,000 invited guests standing in front of and seated in tribunes around the temporary stage.

Britannia Row’s managing director Bryan Grant, explained: “Our brief was to provide an ‘invisible’ PA - no towers, no flown arrays, but of course it had to sound perfect! We therefore decided on a small, powerful, distributed system and our Outline Butterfly was the obvious choice. We provided six inner Butterfly arrays each stacked four high in the moat to stage height, with a further eight units arranged as in-fills on and under the forestage. The main delays consisted of eight stacks; each six high on platforms in front of the bleachers, with another sixteen Butterfly located as secondary delays in the entrance of The Mall. A ring of Subtechs around the outside of the moat and beneath each delay stack provided the low end, which I have to say was very impressive. We’ve had many compliments on the quality of the live sound so I’m pleased to say the plan worked.”

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Because of the unique situation with speaker placement here it would have been nice if there were some pictures showing the speaker stacks in the moat. Even on TV it is impossible to see how this was done and that is what led me to searching and finding this article.

Phil Schmaman

Phil Schmaman INDUSTRY
Jun 29th 2012 at 11:48AM

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Thanks very much for your comment. We'll see what we can do and let you know if we find some of these images.

Daniel Gumble

Daniel Gumble API STAFF
Jun 29th 2012 at 11:53AM

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