Venue review: Elbphilharmonie

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Cristian Mācelaru and Anna Vinnitskaya Shepherd, MeltRachmaninoff, Rhapsody on a Theme of PaganiniShostakovich, Symphony No. 1 Earlier this month I got over to Hamburg to see the new (well, five years-old) Elbphilharmonie concert hall and listen to the NDR play Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich. At the time of booking my tickets at the …

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How do we communicate our venue building design ideas?

Designing a venue building is not straightforward. It often takes years and a lot of collaboration with architects and specialist engineers to make sure that what gets built is the right balance of all the aims of the original vision whilst also complying with building regulations and code. As part of this process, we often …

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Book review: Namedropping in the wings

This book review was originally published in Focus, the journal of the Association for Lighting Production and Design (ALPD) David Collison will be a familiar name to many in the ALPD - some readers may have worked alongside him and many others will have come across his books on sound design. His autobiography Namedropping in the …

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Are we getting closer to having beautifully silent light in venues?

I was reading through a recent edition of Light & Sound International when something caught my eye: tucked away at the back of the magazine, in the section for reviews of new lighting and sound products, this issue had two new reviews. Both reviews were for moving lights. And what stood out was that they …

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What’s in a name? Why are so many theatre companies named after Shakespeare quotes?

I recently got interested in how theatre companies choose their names, and the more I thought about it the more I realised that a lot of companies were named after Shakespeare quotes. So I decided to try to count how many there were. It was, at first glance, a surprisingly high number - roughly 30%. …

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Honesty is the best policy in theatre design

You may not have noticed, but the world is getting more honest. Well, the world of design, at least, is getting more honest. Theatre is getting more honest. Architecture is getting more honest. Let me give you some evidence. Start with architecture. Look at many buildings completed in the last ten years and you'll notice …

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Using AI to reduce the carbon footprint of touring

Just as travelling is one of the most carbon-intensive aspects of life, the travel and transport associated with touring shows is a major contributor to the carbon footprint of the performing arts industries. So when I recently came across an AI tool which was used by North America 2026 in their successful bid for the …

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