Students Go Live with State-of-the-art Speakers

19 April 2017 | Media, Games & Computing

An advanced sound system has been installed in the theatre and laboratory space of City College Plymouth’s new £13million Regional Centre of Excellence for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Opening later this year, the Centre will offer a creative hub for performance and live events.

The state-of-the-art equipment has been provided by acoustic expert, Martin Audio; the company has an international reputation for supplying award-winning professional loudspeaker systems for high-end festivals and events, including the live sound equipment on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Mark Trewin, Director of Creative, Cultural and Digital Industries at the College, said: “The Martin Audio equipment will give our students access to the very latest technology, offering them hands-on experience of advanced software-controlled speakers. They will be learning how to use it in a practical way as part of an exciting programme of live events.

“From full-time students to apprentices out in the field, we are very much part of the eco system of the live events industry in the City. We work closely with employers on projects that give students the experience they need to be work-ready. We focus on developing high-level skills that can be applied to an industry in which the technology is constantly moving.

“Our students are learning from professionals who not only have the technical knowledge, but also the practical experience of working in the industry; one of our part-time lecturers, Matt Hoyle, is a senior technician at the Theatre Royal.

“Students also get involved in most of the big City events, such as last year’s MTV Crashes, gaining work experience across the sound, lights, crew, video production and events management spectrum.

“Another fantastic opportunity for our students to get some great hands-on experience is the inaugural Royal William Yard Festival. They will be working with the best in the Plymouth live events industry at the late May bank holiday event.”

To find out more about the range of courses and Apprenticeships available to start a career in the live events industry, the College is holding an Open Day and Spring Fete on Saturday 29 April, 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. Visit or call 01752 305300 for further details.


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