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Welsh church installs JBL sound system

Ian McMurray 22 July 2010

A ‘condemned’ Victorian Grade II-listed church in Wales has been saved from destruction, renovated, and installed with a JBL sound system. The Diocese of St Asaph, serving the Anglican churches in north-east Wales, had been looking to close Holy Trinity Church in Holywell, Flintshire. However, newly appointed Rev Canon John Lomas was confident the church still had an important role to fill within the community, and so it received a stay of execution leading to a complete quarter of a million pound refurbishment project.

The 200-seat church, with its vaulted roof, was originally built in 1871 to a design by Ewan Christian and extended in 1910.

“We have fitted out around 40 churches in this diocese; mostly using loudspeakers from the JBL range and recently the CBT50LA model. When the church was inviting sound system designs, the rector contacted us,” said Richard Hughes of Richard King Systems of Oswestry, Wales. “It’s an area in which we specialise.”

The brief was for a discreet high-quality solution with the capacity and flexibility to accommodate various acoustic groups performing in the church. This time around Hughes recommended two JBL AC18/95, high output 2-way loudspeakers, which combine discreet compact size with high fidelity and reliability.

Richard King Systems have provided expandability and kept audio components in the Harman Pro domain, providing a Soundcraft EPM12 mixer, Crown XTI 1000 to drive the loudspeaker system, two AKG C450 presenter sets and three AKG GN30ESP goosenecks with CK31 heads on circular solid based stands for the clergy. Control is achieved through the Soundcraft EPM12 from the discreet mixing position in the south aisle.

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