NORTHRIDGE, California – The 1,000-boat Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant along the River Thames in London, witnessed by millions of television viewers around the world on June 3, saw Delta Sound line the route from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge and on down to Greenwich, with hangs of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays.
The event-a tribute to Britain’s maritime history-had the Queen’s royal barge as the centerpiece of the pageant. The flotilla was divided into 10 sections that were separated by musical herald barges playing contemporary and classical music, with around 20,000 people taking part. It was led by a hand-built, 88-foot row-barge called Glorianam, while the new royal barge appeared in the third section from the front.
Receiving satellite downlinks, the JBL loudspeakers relayed program feeds, BBC commentary (and other background) for the approximately one million spectators who gathered on the north and south banks of the Thames over the 7-mile route.
Delta Sound has a wide range of experience working both with the Royal Family-having provided relays for the 2011 Royal Wedding-and supporting high-profile events on the Thames. Delta Sound fielded a crew of 33 technicians, working under joint project managers Mark Sawyer and Ben Milton.
The sound design company set up 27 separate areas along the route, involving 45 individual hangs (with control position at each hang). Of these, 35 featured JBL and included a total of 156 VTX V25 line array elements and an additional 54 JBL VERTEC(r) line array loudspeakers-spread 70 meters apart and mounted on Type 1 and Type 2 masts, with six elements per hang.
The JBL enclosures were supplied by Belgium-based dry hire company, AED Rent.
Explained Delta Sound managing director, Paul Keating, “Due to an extremely busy summer schedule, AED offered a welcome solution in providing the 210 boxes needed in total for the pageant.”
But first the VTX’s needed to be evaluated. Lee Dennison, director of Sound by Design, Delta Sound’s sister company, reported that, “AED held two open days at their HQ to introduce VTX. We decided to take the lead and send our two project managers to confirm their suitability for our needs.”
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.