28 July 2023

The City Recital Hall receives major lighting upgrade with Prolights

Tucked within the charming laneways of Sydney's Angel Place, the City Recital Hall is a purpose-built live performance venue with world-class acoustics located in the heart of Sydney's CBD.
After twenty-two years and as part of a major revamp, the venue has upgraded its lighting and audio systems, transitioning from old conventional lighting fixtures to a modern, LED-based rig supply. To make this choice, the restaurant contacted Show Technology, the official distributor of Prolights in Australia.

The new lighting setup includes the following Prolights fixtures:

22 LED Cyc EclCyclorama 50 

8 LED Fresnel EclFresnel 2KVW

20 LED Profile EclProfile CT+ 

This choice has aroused great satisfaction from the technical production manager of the City Hall, Richard Fenton. In particular, the 14 EclCyclorama 50 projectors were used to illuminate the structure of the sound-reflecting panels positioned on the back wall of the venue. The projectors were placed along the edge of the wall to add colour and depth to the room, while aesthetically enhancing the look of the panels.
The Prolights CYC050s fit evenly on each side of the structure to give much more even light off that reflective panel at the back,” explained Richard. “We purchased another eight Prolights CYC050s for where we need them for a contemporary show, and they're mainly used to uplight musicians.

The choice of the EclProfile CT+ was dictated not only by the excellent return on investment, thanks to their adaptability to many lenses on the market, as explained by Richard: 
Prolights EclProfile CT+ are compatible with our existing stock of lenses. So whilst we did buy a few lenses with them, the idea was that we could reuse a whole bunch of our existing stock lenses which is why we went down that path,” he added. “The other reason we chose Prolights EclProfile CT+ was that they do a very good job at mimicking tungsten so our contemporary performers that are used to tungsten light, are happy with them.

Eight Prolights EclFresnels 2K VW replaced the existing fresnels to produce downlight from the grid.  “We're trying to upgrade all of our lights to LED, largely for control and flexibility, and the EclFresnels met our needs ” remarked Richard.

With a new LED-based lighting rig, The City Recital Hall is now set up for many years of low maintenance and cost-effective lighting whilst keeping performers and crew more than happy.


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