A Sound Investment by Awards for All

Leave a comment

July 2, 2015 by stboswellsvillagehall

Since April 2011, the village music club, St Boswells Live! has been running events in the Main Hall, many of them extremely successfully, through thick and thin (few will forget the face freezing night when Boo Hewerdine performed in a sweater to an audience clad in even more, after the heating failed). When audiences dwindled in 2012, the club was rescued by Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit, who packed an adoring crowd into our very own Village Hall…

That charitable act saved the club, and allowed it to continue bringing extremely high quality music to St Boswells. When the hall closed for refurbishment, St Boswells Live! played an important part in making the stage performance-friendly, and designing the lighting system that is now in place. The club moved away for one gig, but then moved back with an opening night featuring local legend Archie Fisher – the SBL! committee even played a few songs.

Despite the hall looking great, the sound was suffering. With a sports floor and lots of insulation and double glazing, a big echo was inevitable – the new curtains helped quite a bit, but it was clear the creaking sound system had seen its day, and simply couldn’t cope with the demands of a big hall, complex sound mixes and old age (it comes to us all eventually). With this, and the desire to give something more back to the village, St Boswells Live! embarked on a fundraising effort and voila! in April 2015 the club was given £10,000 by Awards for All.

The new sound system was designed and installed by the same company responsible for the lighting, Black Light, consisting of a top quality integrated wiring system for signals and data, a state-of-the-art Allen & Heath mixing desk, and 2000W of QSC speakers fixed to the front of the stage.

qu24

This was ready for use in time for the Village Week opening show, along with Boswells Got Talent, which rocked the hall to its rafters. The horrible echo has gone, and the sound system has been made available to the Village Hall for loan out to all hall users who need it. As St Boswells Live! promoter, Keith Farnish said, at the end of the last show: “I’ve just realised, we have everything we ever wanted. It’s wonderful.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

St Boswells Village Hall
Jenny Moores Road
St Boswells
TD6 0AL

Donations

If you can, please donate to the Renovation Fund either by going to the Renovation Project page or by using the Paypal link below. If you are adding Gift Aid then please use the Renovation Project page.

CLICK TO DONATE WITH PAYPAL

%d bloggers like this: