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Autograph Supplies Key Learning Tools To New LAMDA Facility
The London Academy Of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) has just opened its brand new, £28m facility which completely replaces the western part of their campus and more than doubles its overall size. As part of the investment in new facilities, Autograph Sales & Installations were tasked with supplying the performance audio system for the main theatre space.
Originally founded in 1861 as the London Academy of Music, LAMDA is the oldest drama school in the UK and was the first such institution to offer acting tuition. Today it schools around 220 UK and overseas students per year within five validated degree courses and LAMDA’s own range of diploma courses, training future actors, stage managers, technicians, directors and designers. LAMDA alumni enjoy an extraordinarily high post-graduate employment rate, reaching 100% for their management and technical theatre graduates.
The official opening took place on the evening of Wednesday June 14th 2017 in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra. LAMDA President Timothy West CBE FRSA was joined by numerous former graduates including David Caves, Brian Cox CBE, Ladi Emeruwa, David Haig MBE, Patricia Hodge, Paterson Joseph, Rory Kinnear, David Moorst, Nathaniel Parker, Katherine Parkinson, Jemma Redgrave, David Suchet CBE, Dame Janet Suzman DBE, Ruth Wilson and Danny Lee Wynter. Made possible by LAMDA’s Act Now! Campaign, of which graduate Benedict Cumberbatch CBE is Patron, the guests enjoyed a tour of the extensive new facilities including the offices for LAMDA Examinations (taken annually by more than 100,000 young people worldwide) that complete this transformative redevelopment. Autograph director Duncan Bell was also among the guests at the star-studded evening and you can view the official press release HERE.
LAMDA Principal Joanna Read explained: “The United Kingdom leads the way in conservatoire training, and LAMDA is the trailblazer; an innovator that sets the standards others follow. The industry is stronger for the individuals LAMDA trains; the art form richer for the work our graduates go on to create. Thanks to the generosity of so many, our new facilities will ensure that our students and practitioners continue to shape the future of the dramatic arts.” You can see images of some of the guests HERE.
The new facility is designed by Níall McLaughlin Architects and was shortlisted for two of the prestigious 2015 New London Awards. Apart from creating a striking new landmark on one of the key western approaches to London, it also contains two theatres, a library, ten training / rehearsal studios, full technical and wardrobe facilities, expanded administration and examination spaces and a new main public entrance for the Academy.
The working relationship between LAMDA and Autograph goes back many years and the latter routinely welcomes groups of students to its headquarters in Kentish Town where they can access the very latest in audio technology and techniques from a world leader in theatrical sound. Autograph’s sales and installations division were tasked by Rob Young, LAMDA’s Head Of Technical Training, to supply a permanently-installed audio system for the new, 200-seat Sainsbury Theatre.
After much discussion Autograph supplied a DiGiCo SD9 control surface (running the latest Stealth Core II operating system) with a D2 Rack, dual-redundant power supplies and loaded with the unique ‘T’-series theatre software, developed in close association with Autograph. DiGiCo mixing systems running the ‘T’ software dominate both the West End and Broadway as well as being the global industry standard, so having one as a learning tool is a major advantage for LAMDA’s technical students.
The loudspeaker system in the new Sainsbury Theatre is all by EM Acoustics, designed and manufactured in the UK and part of a range of products which Autograph regularly specify for theatrical applications. Comprising two MSE-159 and two EMS-129 full-range enclosures (wall-mounted above and to the sides of the proscenium using EM’s own hardware) and two EMS-118 subwoofers located beneath the seating, the whole system is powered by just two EM Acoustics DQ10 four-channel DSP-equipped amplifiers.
You can find out much more about LAMDA by visiting their website HERE