Luca Stefani (Course Director)
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Luca Comes from a music background and took his first steps in live sound engineering at a quite young age and went (and still going..) through a never ending mix of studying and working, gaining experience in a broad spectrum of fields, from mixing monitors, to system tuning and FOH mixing.
Luca gained his Bachelor's degree in Sound Technology and Contemporary Music at Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” Milano in Italy in February 2010.
In 2011 He moved to London to undertake further studies at Alchemea College on their Live Sound course.
Luca started working as a tutor for Britannia Row Production Training in 2012 and became the Course Director in 2018.
At present he also works for various productions, among which worth mentioning is his involvement with Rockin 1000 as System designer and FOH engineer.
Marcel Van Limbeek
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Marcel is the Warehouse & Training Manager for Britannia Row Productions (BRP), part of the Clair Global group of live sound rental companies, a position he has held since March 2018. As Warehouse Manager Marcel is responsible for the safe and efficient running of all warehouse operations. As Training Manager Marcel oversees the work and training programmes for the internal apprentices at BRP.
Prior to working for Britannia Row Productions, Marcel has been a freelance live sound engineer since 1987, and since 1994, a studio recording/mix/mastering engineer. In 2007 he then became a lecturer of sound engineering, teaching for London based Alchemea school of Audio Engineering, before joining Britannia Row Productions Training as a tutor. Marcel has been the sound engineer for Tori Amos since 1994. For Tori he recorded, mixed & mastered 17 albums, 4 of which were Grammy nominated and has been Tori’s monitor engineer on 16 world tours.
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Christian has been lecturing for BPRT since October 2018.
He is a freelance sound engineer with more than 20 years in the industry.
Based in London, as a FOH and Monitor engineer, working on live concerts, broadcasts and special events.
As a FOH touring engineer, some of his clients have included:
Gang of Four
Christian is also a keen guitarist, with his own home studio, where he works on music production, and Audio Post production for video.
Dr Barnaby Thwaites
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Barnaby is a studio-owner and audio engineer based in Winchester, UK.
He has been involved with music all his life, initially trained from a young age in singing, violin and piano including a 5-year stint in the Winchester Cathedral Choir.
An interest in recording spans about 30 years, held somewhat in check by a full-time career as a cardiologist from which he retired early to persue his consuming interest in music, recording/mixing In studio, and playing bass guitar in local rock bands.
His area of special academic interest is psychoacoustics sparked by the realisation that masking was the main reason doctors had such difficulty mastering the beat of a heart sound interpretation using a stethoscope. That led to widespread reading on the subject including his preparing many acoustic demonstrations, which form this series of 4 psychoacoustics presentations.
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Sergiy is a freelance live sound engineer and system designer based in London.
Music has been his love since he was a child. He also loved to make his own electroacoustic equipment such as amplifiers and speakers. The combination of being a musician with a bakground in electrical engineering, helped make his choice to become a sound engineer.
Sergiy joined his first professional sound company in 1999, just a couple of years after he got his electrical engineering degree. During these years from mixing monitors and FOH Sergiy ended up concentrating more on being a system engineer and system designer. Working in this part of the sound industry gives him more flexibility to be creative.
Every stage of the system implementation starting from the CAD drawings of the venue, the system simulation using the sound design program, the actual system setup, to the final system tuning are always exciting for Sergiy. " Tuning a system to me is like playing an instrument, as a result, all the notes must sound clear".
Sergiy is also a V-DOSC (2006) and K1 (2013) certified engineer for L-Acoustics, one of the leading sound system equipment manufacturers.
Sergiy does system design, implementation and optimisation for a wide range of events from concerts and festivals to award shows and tours.
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Tony started surrounded by the Musical Theatre as a child which grew into a love of the industry & the camaraderie of being part of a crew.
Over 25 years in the professional industry in various forms, from event & system design projects, Hire Management & Crew Chief to installing & operating. Specialising with Large RF & Comms.
Tony's first major Large RF scale Music event with Britannia Row in 2008 was Nelson Mandella's 90th Birthday at Hyde Park
Then followed a full and varied career across various levels of events:
HardRock Calling, Wireless, T-in the Park, Womad, BigChill, Creamfields, etc
Help For Heroes, Olympic Hand Over, Queens Jubilee (Buckingham Palace)
European & Global Tours for Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams, etc.
European Motor Shows, Ship launches & Naming Ceremonies,
Governmental & Royal events
Corporate Show cases, Congresses, Summits, Symposiums, Fashion Shows & Launches
Various Sporting & Music events for Television
Tony has learnt many skills that are used to enhance knowledge of both technical & practical applications through the years being part of the Brit Row family.
"A passion for the industry is the best way to learn from the wealth of experience brought by all areas & people you can work with".
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Simon is an experienced Sound Engineer with over 30 years of in live events. Mixing FOH and Monitors, for high level global artists. Also director of surfhire (a part of the Britannia Row Productions/ Clair Global Corporation) providing networking, intercom and RF solutions for touring, TV end events across disciplines including music, theatre, corporate and sports. Motivated, passionate and creative, rapidly adapting to how the industry has pivoted..
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Scott started in the entertainment industry professionally, back in 2006 in the electrics department
of the Northcott Theatre, Exeter. After leaving in 2009 to pursue a freelance career in Sound
Engineering, Scott found himself working for local acts & venues like The Exeter Cavern & The
Moving up the chain, he has developed an extensive world touring career over the last 12 years
from the likes of Kasabian, MUSE, Robert Plant, The Pretenders and Andre Bocelli.
Television is also a regular for Scott when not touring from shows. Programmes range from
Children in Need Rocks, The Brit Awards, Eurovison UK through to one off’s with Artists on
Sunday Brunch, Soccer AM, Saturday night takeaway, Comic Relief and many more.
Glastonbury has been a regular event for Scott, looking after monitors on The Otherstage for the
last 6 years. Other festivals worked on include Creamfields, Leeds, Radio One Big Weekend &
Womad & Coachella to name a few.
Scott finds himself at different ends of the multicore for different shows as an Engineer whilst also
serving as a Crew Chief & Tech.
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Joe studied Music Technology at DeMontford University and went on to do a studio engineering course at Alchemea in London. He worked as an assistant engineer and later an engineer at multiple London based recording studios before joining Britannia Row Productions to work in the live event industry.
Since working at Britannia Row and subsequently becoming a freelance Sound Engineer/Technician, he has mainly specialised as a monitor engineer and technician. Joe has worked on many live corporate, sporting and music events such as: MOBOs, BRIT Awards, Rugby World Cup, FA cup finals, English FA Internationals, Avengers Premiers, London Fashion Week, Foo Fighters, Limp Bizkit, Mumford and Sons, Kasabian, Rag’n’bone Man, Duran Duran, Prince, Miley Cyrus, BTS and many many more.
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Rod is both a Monitor/FOH Engineer & Audio Technician.
Working his way from starting out as local crew and advancing through the ranks, he has been involved in the industry since 1997 and has a long list of venue, festival, artist, corporate and TV experience to draw from.
He has worked on many high level tours and shows on behalf of Britannia Row along with other production companies, artists and record labels.
As someone who learnt through structured training himself, he is keen to pass on his knowledge and real world experience to others.
He sees the Britannia Row Productions Training course as a perfect opportunity for people to widen their knowledge whilst also gaining a hands on experience of equipment and procedures used in the professional environment.
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Will did his first shows in 1976. His next 20 years were spent working mainly in live audio and almost always looking after the sound power as part of his day. In the late 1980’s he began to specialise as a production electrician looking after all of the power required for stadium shows and toured extensively with such artists as The Who, Simple Minds and Neil Young. By the 1990’s he was in high demand from major power / generator companies. This involved designing, installing and the operation of electrical power not only for major music events such as the Glastonbury Festival but onto all kinds of major sports and TV events. He did his first Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 for GE-Showpower and NBC. Will is booked to deal with the power for a number of venues at the Tokyo 2020/21 Olympic Games.
Will brings a vast wealth of experience to our more advanced electrics video lectures.
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Gavin Tempany is a highly experienced concert and recording sound engineer. Equally at home at Front of House, monitors and in the studio. He has vast experience in tour and production management all over the globe. Gavin is Australian, and has lived in London since 2007. The length of employment by the artists he has worked with are testament to his easy to get along with attitude, hard work ethic, attention to detail, not to mention his sound mixing ability. Acts that Gavin has worked for include
David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Tame Impala, Kylie Minogue and Hans Zimmer.
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Peter (the Greek) Kalopsidiotis started in the entertainment business as a musician in the pubs and clubs of West London at age 14. After leaving school he had a brief spell as a professional musician but soon found he preferred the other side of the mixing desk. After a spell doing sound in the same pubs and clubs in West London in the heyday of punk rock, his skills at changing guitar strings saw him transferred to doing back line. In reality in those days a roadie did a bit of everything including driving a 7.5t truck.
In the 80's he worked as a stage hand and on lighting crews, the latter of which led to two different roles. Rigging the points and being a lighting designer. Function took preference over art and so began a concentration on all aspects of rigging. This was interspersed with a bit of stage managing and a lot of non stop world tours.
After a stint as head rigger with U2, touring firstly arenas and then huge stadiums, Peter went back the pubs and clubs of West London as production manager for the then up and coming Jamiroquai. A role that he continued in for 10 years by which time they progressed to arenas and stadiums ! He continued as head rigger for U2 as well as production manager for Underworld until stopping touring in 2006. Since then he has run a small rigging company that services London venues and companies. He was one of the team instrumental in setting up the National Rigging Certificate and is a qualified assessor for the scheme. He has trained as a lifting gear inspector and sits on the panel National Rigging Advisory Group. He enjoys training others to pass on the knowledge and experience that he has accrued in the past 35 years.
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Fergus has been a freelance engineer for Britannia Row since 2012, and a tutor for BRPT since 2018.
He grew up in Edinburgh and moved to London to study theatre sound at university in 2002. Starting off his career in theatre, Fergus has worked with dance companies, touring internationally; on countless west end and fringe productions; and finally ending up at the National Theatre.
It wasn't until the 2012 London Olympics, that Fergus restarted his freelance career, this time concentrating on events and music. Working for Brit Row, as well as a number of other clients, he has gained a wealth of experience working on large scale music tours, festival stages, sporting events, and corporate shows of all sizes, while still dabbling in theatre from time to time.
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Tom is the UK Application Engineer for Yamaha Professional Audio.
His first steps into sound engineering started at a young age and was thrown into his first UK tour at only 17.
Tom received a First Class honours in Sound Design for Theatre at Rose Bruford, and went on to an extensive amount of live sound mixing, primarily in theatre.
In 2013, Tom took up a full time production sound engineer role, and proceeded to manage an implement systems all over the world.
He joined Yamaha in 2017, and continues to look after front line design, support, implementation and training for Consoles, Networking and I/O.