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Arup Acoustics and Lighting Logic enlisted for new UK music centre

The centre also incorporates two large music rehearsal and teaching spaces with a central control room, two formal classrooms, a number of practice and ensemble rooms of various sizes, and a large percussion room.

“The acoustics of the [main] hall have been finely-tuned to provide ample reverberation for classical music while at the same time accommodating other genres of music for which the acoustics can be adjusted using moveable acoustic drapes,” said Arup Acoustics director Raf Orlowski. “There are numerous practice rooms of various shapes and sizes, and the whole building has a light and airy feel, making it a delight for teachers and pupils alike.”

The lighting system installed in the centre includes ETC Unison dimmers and programming panels in the Recital Hall, along with powder-coated white Source Four luminaires for the platform and house lighting.

“We were delighted to be able to supply the new Music Centre at Watford Grammar School with lights and a control system,” Mark White, ETC’s regional manager for UK & Ireland, told II. “ETC Source Four luminaires are the world’s most popular theatrical lanterns, and so the students will know they are using the high quality equipment that they would find in any West End theatre. In addition, Source Four luminaires will be saving the school money, since a 750W Source Four luminaire provides a similar light output to some competitors’ 1,200W fixtures.”