Ecclesiastical and Heritage World features two Sound Space Design refurbishment projects - 12 September 2014More

Two of Sound Space Designs successful 2013 refurbishment projects Jeanne Lamon Hall | Tafelmusik, Trinity St Pauls, Toronto and Halle St Peters, Manchester featured in a recent article in Ecclesiastical and Heritage World.

To read the feature please follow this link.

Anne Minors triumphs at First Woman Awards - 19 June 2014More


Sound Space Design and sister company Anne Minors Performance Consultants have been celebrating Anne Minors’ win at the First Woman Awards ceremony last Thursday in London.

Anne won the first award to be presented – First Woman in The Built Environment. The judges citation reads:

“Anne operates her business with an obvious passion and will leave a legacy that whole communities will enjoy long into the future,”

 “A true inspiration and a brilliant collaborator, Anne has grabbed opportunities – no matter how scary they may have seemed at the time – and used them to further herself and other women in the industry”

Anne sits with Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE in the role of winners.  Baroness Grey-Tompson was named as 2014’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in recognition of her outstanding career as an athlete and role model for people with disabilities.

A full list of winners is available here.

Please visit the AMPC website for more information on Anne and her firm.



News from Sage Gateshead - 18 June 2014More

Thomas Zehetmair’s final Sage Gateshead concert as Music Director last week garnered a 5* Guardian review.  From now he starts as Conductor Laureate:

“In the 12 years of Zehetmair’s tenure, Zehetmair has elevated the Sinfonia from a middling municipal band based in the town hall to an international-calibre chamber orchestra housed in one of the most acoustically perfect and visually striking concert halls in Europe. To crown it all, in 2013 the ensemble was designated ‘Royal’”.

General Director of The Sage Anthony Sargent concludes: “The other reviews have been good, but this is really special – we can all be very proud of the achievement which that paragraph affirms.”

Design Acoustician Bob Essert visited the Sage Gateshead last week with friends on a cycling tour, and could really feel the difference this facility and organisation are making to the community.

To read the full article follow this link, or visit our Sage Gateshead project page for further project information and images.

Dallas Opera success with Interactive Simulcast of Machover’s Death and the Powers - 16 June 2014More

In February Dallas Opera opened their production of Tod Machover’s cutting edge opera Death and the Powers. This was simulcast to an international audience on Sunday 16th February.

Read on for reviews from the Winspear Opera House, the Perot Art Gallery Dallas, the Royal Academy of Music, London and to watch a video introduction to the opera including footage of the operabots and human performers and interviews with Tod Machover and MIT students.

Harding Communication Centre wins 2014 RIBA Award - 14 May 2014More

Sound Space Design are pleased to announce that the Harding Communication Centre for Pangbourne College, Berkshire has won a RIBA 2014 Regional Award (south).

 Sound Space Design worked with Architect Mitchell Taylor Workshop to enable Music and ICT, to be housed together in one compact building without disturbance between them.

The Harding Communication Centre features the Nancye Harding Recital Hall a 120 seat, acoustically flexible recital, rehearsal and band performance space.

Please visit our project page for further information, images and press articles.

Zorlu Center PSM success - 2 April 2014More

Istanbul now has a new centre of attention for music and theatre.  In October 2013 the Zorlu Center PSM opened with concerts and theatre productions to show off its two new theatres.

The performing arts centre (PSM) is part of a mixed use retail and residential development, and is attracting locals and visitors alike.  New York-based Nederlander is programming and operating the centre.

Please visit the Zorlu Centre PSM project page for more information.

Minnesota Orchestra back home! - 14 February 2014More

On Friday/Saturday 7/8 February the Minnesota Orchestra returned to the stage after a 16 month labour dispute was resolved to reopen the renovated Orchestra Hall with a concert led by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. The players and board welcomed audiences back to the new lobby designed by KPMB Architects.

Lead architect Marianne McKenna and Sound Space Design Director Bob Essert attended the concerts. Sound Space Design Senior Consultants Evan Green and Emily McGeehin participated in the project. While most of the work was in the new lobby, Sound Space Design worked with the orchestra and architect to improve the acoustics on stage and preserve the much-loved acoustics in the audience area. We will be returning to assist with assessment and tuning in the coming weeks.

Read more about the dispute, come back concerts and acoustical upgrades in the reviews below:

The New York Times – February 2014 – Minnesota Orchestra Returns After a 16 Month Lockout

Star Tribune – February 2014 – Concert Review-Minnesota Orchestra Returns to Orchestra Hall

Star Tribune- February 2014 – Minnesota Orchestra returns to Orchestra Hall

Please visit our Orchestra Hall project page for further project details.

Dallas Opera Appoints New Musical Director and Outlines Vision for the Future - 8 November 2013More

In October’s Opera Magazine the Dallas Opera management team and Emmanuel Villaume, their new musical director outline their exciting vision for the company.

“I am honoured to be selected as Music Director of the Dallas Opera and to be a part of such a talented artistic community,” says Emmanuel Villaume. “The Winspear Opera House is one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in the world, and I am excited to be working with the superb orchestra and dedicated staff of the Dallas Opera. I look forward to helping create even more brilliant performances with this impassioned opera company.”

“They (the Dallas Opera) have the good fortune of playing in the Winspear Opera House, which since opening in 2009 has come to be recognised as one of America’s best operatic venues.”

“The Winspear is a terrific tool for us and will help to bring back the glamour of Dallas Opera. It’s very inspiring, as a conductor, to have the “best instrument” in which to work. Acoustically it’s exceptional, with great clarity and a very intimate sound, and the size of the house makes for a connection between the stage and the audience, and the stage and the pit—it’s all very human. We’re very excited about it, and it’s going to help us do something in Dallas that not many American companies can manage.”

Dallas Opera Pioneers Interactive Opera - 30 October 2013More

Since opening in 2009 Dallas Opera have presented simulcasts of their operatic productions from Winspear Opera House  (Foster+Partners & Sound Space Design).  Venues have included Strauss Square next door to the Winspear Opera House (also Foster+Partners, Sound Space Design & Anne Minors Performance Consultants) and the Dallas Cowboys stadium, relayed on what was until recently the largest video board in the world (at 50m’ wide x 27m high).

On a night of firsts, last Friday night saw in the opening night of the Dallas Opera’s season with the debut performance by Emmanuel Villaume as Musical Director of the Dallas Opera (only the third person ever to be named to that position in the 56-year history of the company), the first simulcast and artistic collaboration with Klyde Warren Park (a community green space built over the freeway running alongside the Opera House), on the parks first anniversary.   The House was full and 3,700 crowded into the park.

And the theme continues.  Coming up in the 2013-2014 season is a collaboration with MIT Media Lab’s Tod Machover in which the Dallas Opera will present the worlds first interactive opera, “Death and the Powers”, from the Winspear Opera House.  On Sunday February 16th 2014 at 2 pm central time the opera “Death and the Powers” will be simulcast to locations across the US, London and Stockholm.  Patrons will be able to interact with the performance on stage to influence the opera visuals in real time and experience the opera from different perspectives.

Death and the Powers is one facet of the MIT Media Lab Opera of the Future Program, directed by Tod Machover (Professor of Music and Media at MIT Media lab, visiting Professor of Composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music and “America’s most wired composer” Los Angeles Times).

The video below presents a short introduction to the opera by it’s composer Tod Machover:

More information on this project can be found following the links below:

Dallas Opera Interactive Simulcast Press Release – Dallas Opera Presents Opera on a World Stage

MIT Media Lab “Death and the Powers” – Homepage

MIT Media Lab Opera of the Future – Homepage