A Sound Investment

| July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jersey Opera House theatregoers who require hearing assistance will soon benefit from an updated sound system in the theatre’s auditorium, thanks to a generous donation from Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands.

Jersey Opera House’s existing sound loop has been in desperate need of an overhaul for some time; the induction technology has never functioned adequately and the infra-red system has been unreliable.  The latter has only been operational in the Stalls, so any patron with hearing difficulties sitting in the Dress Circle and the Upper Circle would not have benefitted.

The donation from Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands means that the theatre can now install eight additional microphones in the auditorium and on the stage to improve the all-round sound quality for customers with hearing requirements. The number of infra-red radiators will also be increased from two to six units to boost the sound coverage, ensuring any hard of hearing patrons have a larger choice of seats. Plus the number of portable infra-red loop devices will be doubled from ten to 20 units, guaranteeing more people will have access to the new system during any given performance.

Jersey Opera House Theatre Director Jasmine Hendry said: “The theatre’s hearing assistance system has not been working to an acceptable standard for many years, but we’ve not had the funding to make the necessary improvements.  Thanks to this donation, our system will be more reliable, the sound will be much clearer and the coverage in the auditorium far greater. It means that we will now be able to guarantee a better level of service for theatregoers who require hearing assistance.  We are very grateful to Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands for their support, without which we would have struggled to update the system.”

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for the Channel Islands is one of the largest sources of charitable funding in the islands, dispensing almost £1million a year in the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey. It derives its funding entirely from Lloyds Banking Group but is legally independent of the Lloyds Group and an independent board of trustees determines the policies. The Foundation recently entered into a new covenant to provide long-term continuity of financial support.

The Chairman of the local foundation is John Boothman and the Deputy Chairman is Guernsey Jurat Dr John Ferguson. The Executive Director is John Hutchins.    Mr Hutchins said: “The Lloyds Bank Foundation was pleased to have been involved with this installation which is so vital to many members of our community.”

John Hutchins can be contacted on 01534 845889; mobile 07797 731 491 or email john.hutchins@lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact Jersey Opera House Marketing & Sales Manager Abi Nance on (01534) 511 109 or email abigail.nance@jerseyoperahouse.co.uk

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