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Acoustics upgrade at Cheltenham College Chapel

Audiologic supplies Tannoy for the River Audio improvements scheme

The chapel at Cheltenham College is in daily use for services and concerts, has the capacity to seat upwards of 700 people and can be hired by external agencies for a variety of events.

Recently, Gloucestershire-based install specialists River Audio were invited to advise on a new audio solution to help tame the chapel’s reverberant acoustics.

The heritage nature of the interior precluded any significant acoustic treatment, so the onus lay firmly on the selection of loudspeakers.

Research by River Audio’s Howard Williams led him to consider Tannoy speakers. Audiologic, Tannoy’s UK distributor, assisted in finalising the speaker specification of Tannoy VLS15s for the chapel, after a successful on-site trial.

“When we installed the Tannoy VLS15s, the effect was immediate and striking,” says Williams.

“The college’s capacity to stage presentations and music performances in the chapel has been improved beyond measure. The system is in use every day and in spite of the chapel’s large natural reverb, it is possible to hear everything clearly – a dramatic improvement on what was there before. The client is delighted with the outcome both in terms of the audio and the seamless way in which the custom-painted speakers blend in with their surroundings. We have a great relationship with Audiologic and once again found them to be helpful, flexible and speedy in all aspects of their service.”

Simon Stoll, managing director of Audiologic adds:

“The Tannoy name has been synonymous with great audio for generations and an installation such as this demonstrates how the brand remains at the leading edge of loudspeaker manufacture. The performance of the VLS15s at Cheltenham College Chapel has completely changed the face of the audio and enabled the college to stage a wide variety of performance with complete confidence. Ultimately, the success of any performance or production depends on the experience of the audience and this has been improved beyond all recognition. We worked closely with River Audio to support their precise requirements and are pleased to have played a part in a very successful installation.”