We have been working with Saville AV for four years and are confident in the team’s ability to consistently deliver a show-stopping event that runs smoothly and within its allocated timeframe. We were extremely proud to host the event at The SSE Arena, Wembley, and we knew the Saville team had the expertise to deliver the event, even with the extra challenges it posed.Jess Weaver
Following outstanding success at the Teach First Teacher Development Conference at Leeds’ First Direct Arena earlier this year, Saville headed South to the SSE Arena in Wembley with Teach First, a charity working for equality of education in England and Wales. Over 3,500 delegates came together at the Teach First Impact Conference: Challenge the Impossible on 24th October, to listen to inspirational international speakers, take part in passionate debates and watch moving pupil performances on the main stage.
At the conference, Teach First welcomed the likes of MP Justine Greening, Channel 4 News reader, Jon Snow, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Muzoon Almellehan, all united in supporting the charity’s mission to tackle educational inequality. The programme was jam-packed with keynote speakers, live debates and musical performances, with Saville supporting all technical elements of the show within the iconic London venue.
The Saville team worked alongside the Arena to oversee sound and video content, they also installed dramatic lighting which was bang on brand and helped create a sense of excitement and anticipation around the speakers and pupil performances. In addition, Saville’s Digital Events Services team were on hand to live stream the occasion to Facebook, enabling everyone to enjoy the experience, wherever they were.
Jordan Hall, Project Manager at Saville AV, added: “Working within an arena environment is very different to your average event space. Over months of planning, our production departments come together to design and produce plans for each technical area; audio, video, lighting and staging. This crucial planning together with plotting the all-important power and rigging points, ensures the kit is safely flown in exactly the right place with all the correct power requirements to maximise the impact of the technical design.”
“Audio is obviously one of the critical elements, which is why we enlist the expertise of our Audio team to ensure coherency & clarity across the 3,500-strong audience. We use state of the art software which calculates the ideal positions for our line array speaker hangs, ensuring the coverage is perfect. Audio systems of this size rely on expert planning and implementation, it’s such an important element of any event, but even more so in an arena space, where excellent acoustics are taken for granted!”
“There is also the challenge of working around a live performance venue’s load in and load out times, particularly if the stadium has high profile gigs before or after our tenancy, which is often the case in these large, very popular concert venues. It’s a case of all hands-on deck to unload and reload the four articulated trucks within the venue’s strict curfews. Our dedicated team of over 35 expert technical crew were on hand to install, operate and de-rig the mammoth two-in-one conference and dinner event, which all ran without a hitch! The event was a huge success and we’re already busy planning the Summer Institute next year!”
Founded in 2002, TeachFirst is an independent charity working for equality of education in England and Wales. Focusing on improving education for young people from poorer backgrounds in critical learning areas, from literacy and numeracy to developing skills to achieve personal aspirations.
Our careful planning and attention to detail ensures that absolutely nothing is miscalculated – the smallest of errors could cause huge delays during the build, which on this occasion just wasn’t an option.Jordan Hall