Mark Allen.

White Light On Song for Ivor Novello Awards

Created in 1956, the Ivor Novello Awards celebrate, honour and reward excellence in song writing and composing. They are named after the legendary composer Ivor Novello and represent the pinnacle of musical achievement and peer recognition in the music industry. Sponsored by PRS, previous winners include John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Adele, Phil Collins and Eric Clapton. Having supplied the lighting equipment for the past several years, WL was called upon once again for this year’s ceremony.

 

The Ivor Novello Awards 2017 took place on Thursday 18th May at the Grosvenor House, London.  The lighting designer was Quentin Jarman, who comments: “I have worked on the Ivor Novello show for twenty years now and it’s always a great occasion. For the music industry, it’s a unique celebration of song writing and the craft behind this”.

 

For the Awards, Quentin’s brief was to create a lighting design that matched the colours of the screen graphics that would be played throughout the show. He states: “Whenever the awards were presented, these were accompanied by video sequences on a huge screen behind the stage. My role was to ensure my lighting and animated video images matched these and that the event had an exciting yet coherent feel to it”.

 

Prior to the show, Quentin was given four clear colour references so that he was aware of the different feels he had to create. He comments: “I used moving monochrome video clips from the ArKaos Media Server and subtracted colour elements in order to get the exact shade I required”.

 

Alongside this, Quentin drew on WL’s extensive hire inventory to create his perfect rig for the show. This included a wall of 25 Clay Paky Sharpys set between WL’s LED fusion battens. Quentin states: “Alongside creating a design which matched the video content, I also had to ensure this was flexible for when the winners walked on stage. For the various award presentations, these sequences had to be loud and pervade a concert type feel, which is where the Sharpys came in useful”.

 

Unlike the majority of award ceremonies, the Ivor Novella Awards take place during the daytime. As a result, this meant that Quentin did not have the luxury of a full day of set-up time. Rather, the load in took place at 2am and the first technical rehearsals were at 8am. The dress rehearsal commenced at 11am before the guests arrived at 12:30pm.

 

To prepare for such a short time-frame, Quentin visited WL’s London base and spent two days at the company’s state-of-the-art studio facility Studio15. He states: “By using the Studio15 facilities, I was able to pre-build the fusion LED battens as well as programme the desk and media server. As there was very little time on site, I needed everything in place for the ceremony so I could just show up and be ready to go”.

 

Winners this year included Jarvis Cocker, Bill Withers, Florence Welch and Gary Numan. Grime artist Skepta won the prestigious Songwriter of the Year Award.

 

Quentin adds: “This was another great awards ceremony that was very well received by all those in attendance. The Ivors are always a very unique show for me to work on personally and I am very grateful to WL for all of their support throughout”.