LA Philharmonic Orchestra Performs at Edinburgh International Festival with Adamson Gear Provided by The Warehouse

FOH Staff • International News • August 14, 2019

LA Phil in Edinburgh. Photos courtesy Frequency Media Group UK

EDINBURGH, Scotland – Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra performed in early August at Tynecastle Park soccer stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland with an Adamson loudspeaker system supplied by The Warehouse.

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Leading pro-audio provider, The Warehouse Sound Services Ltd provided an advanced audio solution for Edinburgh International Festival’s spectacular opening event. Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: LA Phil at Tynecastle celebrated the start of the 2019 International Festival and was attended by a capacity crowd of 15,000 people.

The 2019 International Festival opened in style with a spectacular concert from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel, celebrating Hollywood film music.

A stage replicating the Hollywood Bowl, where the LA Phil famously perform every summer, was recreated in Tynecastle Park, the home of Hearts football club.

The LA Phil brought authentic gleam and glamour to the grandeur of Hollywood film scores in this year’s Opening Event, featuring classic movie music from the Golden Age of Hollywood by Korngold, Herrmann, Waxman and a selection from the best-loved film composer on the planet, John Williams.

During this epic free family friendly concert, Gustavo Dudamel and his orchestra took over Tynecastle Park stadium with music from Star Wars, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, E.T. and many more.

As a key supplier to the International Festival, The Warehouse provided the sound for the event, commissioned by the Festival’s Head of Technical John Robb and Technical Coordinator Callum Howie.

Front of House sound was mixed by hire manager and sound engineer Douglas Martin, who had flown to Los Angeles the previous week to attend a performance and meet the orchestra at The Hollywood Bowl. Douglas has extensive experience of mixing orchestras and works for many leading producers worldwide. He was joined at Tynecastle with crew from The Warehouse consisted of Aidan Thomson, Graeme Brown, Simon Meadows, Marc Freeman and Kieran Blair.

The Warehouse has worked with the International Festival for nearly three decades. Each year the opening event becomes more exciting and challenging than the last. This year, The Warehouse provided an Adamson loudspeaker system. The system consisted of E15 line array loudspeakers on main left and right hangs, S10 loudspeakers for under hangs, S7 for front and side fills and E119 sub bass loudspeakers all powered with Lab Gruppen amplifiers running Lake Processing. The show was mixed on a Digico SD10. Microphones included over 60 Neumann KM184 as well as a selection of DPA, Shure and Sennheiser.

The sound mix received wide acclaim from both the LA Phil, the audience and attending media:

The FT said, “Even through a PA system in a boxy, steel venue that usually echoes with football chants, the LA Phil’s sound was lush and precise”

The Scotsman said, “an effective sound system really captured the heat of the music.”

And The Herald said, “Perhaps the quality of the sound at Tynecastle was the greater achievement. …..when it mattered every detail of the orchestra was there”

Derek Blair, Director of The Warehouse commented:

“We were delighted to be asked to do this concert and knew right from the start what a very special event this was going to be. The LA Phil are a really exceptional orchestra with a very talented and charismatic conductor. For this unique event the sound had to be equally spectacular, I think this was achieved very successfully with Douglas mixing the sound and the Adamson loudspeaker system. The Opening Event always puts a huge spotlight on Edinburgh, it’s a world-class event that we are so proud to be part of.”

About Edinburgh International Festival

Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled, city-wide, celebration of the performing arts for three weeks each August in Scotland’s capital. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit and bring people together through art, the International Festival remains dedicated to creative excellence and as a point of annual cultural exchange for a global audience exceeding 400,000 per year.

This year’s Festival welcomes 2,800 artists from 41 countries as well as 800 artists from Scotland. It comprises 155 events and 293 performances, it is curated by Festival Director Fergus Linehan and takes place from 2-26 August 2019.

The International Festival is a global celebration of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre.

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