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  • David de la Haye Nominated for Ivor Award

    Music Technician David de la Haye’s work Plant Based Patterns has been nominated in the Jazz Ensemble category at the prestigious Ivor Awards.

    David’s work explores underwater worlds and his recordings of these unique spaces were used as a stimulus for musical improvisation, which intertwines with the recordings of aquatic life and sonic environments. We wish David the best of luck at the award ceremony.

    You can read the full university article or check out David’s work.

  • Music Technicians Celebrated by University After Folk Degree 21st Success

    Four of the School of Arts and Cultures Technicians were celebrated today after a wildly successful 21st birthday party for Newcastle University’s BA Folk and Traditional Music degree. The degree, which offered the first traditional music course in the UK, was set up 21 years ago by some of the shining lights of the traditional music scene, including Alistair Anderson, Catriona Macdonald, Sandra Kerr and Vic Gammon. Current staff teaching on the degree includes Nancy Kerr, Simon McKerrell, Imogen Gunner and Kathryn Tickell, all of whom performed in the concert with Catriona, who led the event organisation.

    Folk Degree Staff with Newcastle University’s Vice-Chancellor, Chris Day. Left to right: Nancy Kerr, Matt Price, Matt Ord, Sandra Kerr, Chris Day, Kathryn Tickell, Catriona MacDonald, Imogen Gunner

    The technical team for the event was:

    • Anna Heslop (Loans Assistant): Projectionist and Stage Assistant
    • Tom Waterworth (School Technician): Videography and Stage Assistant
    • Rob Blazey (Music Technician): Sound Recordist and Stage Lead
    • Fred Hollingsworth (Lead Music Technician and Associate Lecturer): Lead Technician, Sound and Lighting Engineer. Videographer for VT content.

    The team pulled out all of the stops for this event, one of the first fully public fixtures post-COVID and one of the biggest shows the department has ever put on. The rig included the department’s new RCF HDL-26A Line Array, paired with two RCF 9006 Subs, which the team are delighted to be able to use on a weekly basis for the student concert series. Lead Technician, Fred Hollingsworth said:

    It’s great to have the HDL-26 as our main PA – we can rely on it to deliver even sound coverage across the King’s Hall – a notoriously lively room – it really takes our events to the next level and highlights the quality and professionalism of our team’s work.

    There were some incredible performances by staff and students past and present (watch this space – the whole show was filmed and multi-tracked!) and the whole team were proud to be a part of the production and of the recognition (and wine) received at June’s Celebrating Success event.

    Students and staff past and present take to the stage for the grand finale!
    Students and staff past and present take to the stage for the grand finale!
    Folk Degree legends, Pons Aelius, Headline the evening.
    First years, Greg Bealing, John Hinton and Lucy March during soundcheck.
  • AMS Neve Add Newcastle University To Featured Clients
    From AMS Neve’s website, Fred is looking particularly pleased with himself.

    Legendary audio equipment manufacturer AMS Neve has featured Newcastle University’s Music Studios and technician/associate lecturer Fred Hollingsworth on their featured client’s list, following Fred’s speedy installation of the motorised fader pack for Newcastle University’s Neve 8424 analogue mixing console. Check out the article below for more information:

    You can see the timelapse of the installation by following this Instagram link:

  • Newcastle University Music Studios featured on SXPro

    Studio retailer SXPro, who aided with the recent studio upgrades at Newcastle University, have featured The Music Studios and technician/associate lecturer Fred Hollingsworth on the featured client’s section of their website.

    Check out the article using the link below:

Crown PZM – 30D

Microphone Type Condenser – Pressure Zone Microphone Polar Pattern Hemispherical Frequency Response 20Hz – 20KHz +48v Phantom Power Required: Yes Manual The Crown PZM-30D is a pressure zone microphone that stands out from the crowd with its innovative design and versatile capabilities. Unlike traditional condenser microphones, pressure zone microphones such as the PZM-30D record …

Coles 4038

Microphone Type Ribbon Polar Pattern Figure of 8 Frequency Response 30Hz – 15KHz +48v Phantom Power Required: No – Phantom power will break this microphone! Manual Interstage The Coles 4038 is a microphone that has a long and illustrious history in the world of broadcasting. Originally designed by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) in the …