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Operatic Opportunities HSL creates the perfect backdrop for Katherine Jenkins new tour.


Blackburn based lighting and visuals rental company HSL supplied lighting equipment to the latest Katherine Jenkins UK tour, which was designed by Tim Routledge. It’s the first time that HSL has worked with the hugely popular singer Jenkins, but they have worked with Routledge on several previous projects. Routledge’s creative starting point was to put Jenkins centre stage and to overlay multiple soft-edge treatments. The show comprised many strong and highly distinctive static looks with real aesthetic presence. Above Jenkins was a 4.5 diameter circular truss ‘halo’, inspired by her hit “Angel”, which provided lighting positions for both Jenkins when at centre stage and her orchestra during the show. Routledge wanted the smallest, lightest and most unobtrusive fixtures and so chose GLP Impression LED wash lights, and Clay Paky Sharpies for his hard-edged units.


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With minimal haze in the room, these lights also all had to be able to make an impact without any artificial aids! The 18 sharpies were used to silhouette Jenkins and provide a dramatic start to the show, and for some songs they created virtual architectural pillars of light. The main set element was the backdrop, a fabulous hand sewn three-dimensional work also designed by Routledge and manufactured by Back2Front. Gauze was flown in front of this to add another layer of depth and an additional surface, which could be soft-lit. The backdrop itself was lit with a row of GLP impressions positioned along the floor, while the gauze was grazed upwards with 12 x Chroma-Q Color Force 12s adding more texture. In addition to the circular truss, HSL supplied two rear trusses and one front, as well as a floor package. There were a total of 48 GLP Impressions dotted all over the trusses and on the floor,


along with the Color Force 12s and the Sharpies. On the front truss were eight Martin Professional MAC 700 Washes for covering the orchestra and the stage, which were also picked for their relatively small size. HSL also supplied two Robert Juliat 2.5K follow spots.


Routledge concludes, “HSL were fantastic, as always. The rig was thoroughly and diligently prepped, and supplied complete with a comprehensive ‘LD package’ containing every piece of data and documentation that you might possibly require throughout the course of a tour - which was a fabulous finishing touch”


Contact


HSL T: +44 (0)1254 698808 www.hslgroup.com


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