New Audio Visual System

New Audio Visual System for St Chad's Church
After some three years in planning, work began on Monday 25th April 2016 installing the new Audio Visual System in St Chad's Church.
The reasons for installing it…
The new AV system will overcome the problem of limited sight lines within the church allowing all the congregation, no matter where they are seated, to see all the activity of the service or event and to feel a closer involvement.
It is envisaged that the system could be used in many ways to enhance services of worship, baptisms, weddings, funerals, youth services, together with events such as Holiday Club, Fellowship Meetings, Concerts, Illustrated Talks and TV screening of important broadcast events.
The screen and monitors in the system could be used to display many things such as:
* The images from the installed camera(s) showing scenes around the church.
* Photographs, DVD and internet video, Powerpoint presentations, Hymn texts, etc., all through the laptop computer situated in the control console.
It is felt that the system, although not being used all the time, will enhance the content of many activities in St Chad's and open the way to encourage more people, both young and old, to become part of the church. It will be of particular benefit when the school are visiting the church, enabling parents/grandparents and carers better to view the activities of young worship leaders and participants.
The System - Screen and Monitors…
The central main screen of 2.2 metres wide x 1.65 metres high will be in the chancel, positioned behind one of the wooden beams and lowered into viewing position by motor control when required. A concealed high power projector positioned in the roof area, will operate with this screen. This is positioned in such a way that the view of the altar and reredos is not obscured when in use.
Also in the Chancel, and for viewing by the Church Choir, there will be two 27" LED monitors, one positioned in the corner by the organ and the second on the opposite wall, above the Priest's chair.
A further two larger 40" LED monitors will be mounted to cover both the North and South aisles. These will both be wall mounted a). above the arch opposite the vestry door and b). by the back of the organ in the Lady Chapel. They will be mounted on hinged brackets and be pushed back against the wall when not in use and covered with a concealing decorative cloth.
Video Cameras…
A remotely controllable camera, mounted on a bracket will be positioned to monitor the font and South aisle, particularly for use during Baptism Services.
To monitor other views around the church, particularly down the church aisle towards the altar, a second fully controllable camera could be moved to a second wall mounting bracket.
Operations Console…
A new wooden cased control console will be built into the area of one of the rear pews and this will include the controls of the existing sound system at present situated in the Choir Vestry.
If you need more details of this exciting new system, or would like to join the team of operators, please contact Mike Coope on 01902 700426.
(Photograph : Engineers from Cornerstone Systems Ltd. installing the large motorised screen on one of the beams above the chancel.)