(l-r) Conrad Fletcher, Ollie Nesham,
Tim Summerhayes, Ian DyckhoffLondon, UK (September 21, 2010)–UK broadcast sound specialist Red-TX captured the audio for the recent Help for Heroes benefit concert at Twickenham Stadium on September 12 for BBC One.
The event, which attracted more than 60,000 people, included some of the injured service personnel who benefit from the money raised by the charity. It was broadcast live by the BBC, which took its music audio feed from the Red-TX sound truck.
Robbie Williams was joined on stage by Take That’s Gary Barlow to give the first live performance of their new duet, “Shame.” Other artists taking part included Tom Jones, James Blunt, Alexandra Burke, Pixie Lott, Plan B, and The Saturdays. Alongside the musicians, the cream of British comedy was also present acting as hosts. They included John Bishop, Kevin Bridges, Jack Dee, Jason Manford and Michael McIntyre.
Red-TX was commissioned to handle the audio by Chris Bretnall, head of Creative Broadcast Solutions, who was engaged as technical director by BBC Events.
“It was a fantastic concert and the delivery by everyone at Red-TX was faultless,” Bretnall says. “This was a massive undertaking, at relatively short notice, over a period when both people and resources were already heavily committed. Plans for the broadcast of the event, and the ancillary processes that were needed for the live transmission, were still maturing on the morning of the gig itself. Despite that, the Red-TX crew kept all the tracks in place and delivered very high quality sound.”
Live sound engineer and Red-TX director Tim Summerhayes manned the desk on board Red-TX’s main music truck, while co-director Conrad Fletcher was on board a BBC Outside Broadcast vehicle handling the audio input from all the VTs, the comedians and the live presenters on stage, and the music mix from Summerhayes.
The first four and a half hours were edited down to one and a half hours of television. The broadcast then went live for the final half hour of programming.