07 November, 2007

A Night To Remember at Tower Bridge!

We recently provided full technical support for a cabaret dinner event hosted by the National Starch and Chemical Company. The event took place in the 2 walkways of Tower Bridge, high above the Thames and featured Nobles Band, a dynamic all-female string trio who were specially flown in from Prague.

Providing sound for the event was a real challenge as the walkways are 65m long and only 4m wide! However the fantastic band combined with the awesome view of the city below made it a night to remember for all!

The organisers wrote "Shock Audio Visual is a real 'can do' company. The team found a solution to every problem we threw at them and provided a professional, reliable and friendly service. Their efforts played a vital role in making our event such a success. We will definately be working with them again."

15 October, 2007

Busy time for our events team

August, September and October have seen Shock provide AV equipment to many different events and venues. Shock provided full AV support to Limmud Fest a weekend residential festival for 500 attendees. We provided sound and lighting for 2 large marquee stages and supported a large number of concerts, DJs, VJs, lectures and workshops.

Other recent venues and clients have included The Kempsensky Hotel London, Grange Hotel London, Middlesex Hospital AGM, Dance Umbrella, Regency Rooms London, Ivy House London plus a good number of smaller meetings, concerts, weddings and parties.

11 October, 2007

Shock Goes To Court!

We provided sound and visuals for a gala dinner held at the Middle Temple Hall - the jewel in the crown of the London Law Courts. The event, held by The British Friends of The Hebrew University, included a keynote address by the Rt Hon. Lord Justice Lawrence Collins
and several films that were shown on screens around the room.

Our client wrote to thank us: "You took all the anxiety out of the evening meaning we could concentrate on our guests and fundraising for our project - we look forward to working with you againin the future."

14 August, 2007

It's All Clear at Shock!

We've spent the last few weeks writing, recording and mixing various projects in our brand new studio set-up! Our state-of-the-art new Carillon music computer and M -Audio firewire mixing desk has made this a breeze and we've had some vey happy customers! 

All Clear Films produce royalty free video clips that production companies can use to show in their own films. Shock produced the soundtrack to several new pieces including an animated music video, a "Police, Camera, Action!" type clip and even a horse race. We'll be working with All Clear on some new clips again soon.

07 August, 2007

Monster Hit!

We've had our first review for 'Monster Hits' at the Edinburgh Festival. 
Shock composed and recorded the music for the show in our recording studios in North London. 


"Stop right there! Now turn and run - don't stop until you've got your mitts on a 24-carat ticket for 'Monster Hits'. There aren't enough superlatives to express the sheer unbelievable, amazing, wonderfully heart meltingly colourful spectacularness of this show. Bursting with boundless energy, each character is perfectly performed, with every sinew eager to move, sing, bounce and play. Everything you can dream of is created physically with faultless accuracy. The costumes are a-dazzle, only outdone by the bulging smiles and fiery eyes of all. A sheer rarity, blessed with the gift to spread joy and turn back the ancient hands of time. I truly became a child again and will surely be smiling for days."

Well done to Tall Stories for producing another great show!

04 July, 2007

Presentation at the Regency Room at the Savoy

Shock provided assorted microphones, sound and projection equipment for an Idea Global presentation at the Regency Room at the Savoy in London. Questions from the floor were taken using our handheld radio microphones and our table top conference mics were used for the 5 panellists.

Sound for Guildhall Yard

Shock AV provided all the sound equipment and technicians for the second week of the City of London Festival at Guildhall Yard. The outdoor stage featured one of the greats of Congolese music, Papa Noel and his 11 piece band on Monday. One of the highlights of Wednesday was Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi and his band Gbedu.

Day 4 of the City of London Festival

Shock have been providing the sound for the 'Jazz in the Garden' week at Finsbury Circus Gardens. One of the highlights was the Christian Garrick/John Etheridge Quartet playing in the 'Hot Club of France' style made famous by Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grappelli. Great summers day music!

26 June, 2007

Day 2 at the City of London Festival

Shock AV are providing two weeks of sound for the City of London Festival. On Day 2 the rain held off, the outdoor venues were stunning and the performances were great! Today featured a ballet performance at St Paul's Cathedral and Jazz at Finsbury Circus Gardens. 

23 June, 2007

Edinburgh Festival shows

We've been busy composing and recording music for two great new kids shows that will feature at the Edinburgh Festival this summer

Firstly 'Does a Monster Live Next door' and also 'Monster Hits'

In the meantime 'The Gruffalo's Child' show has been touring nationally and receiving great reviews - here's links to a few.

Gruffalo's Child review 1
Gruffalo's Child review 2
Gruffalo's Child review 3

Audio Visual for Beacon and Waxham Barn

Shock worked again with the Beacon Fellowship, this time at their 'Philanthropy in the City Forum' at the Chicago Graduate Business School in the City of London. Shock provided Powerpoint and video support as well as providing a PA system for 250 delegates. All presentations and question and answer sessions were recorded. The session recordings were then mastered at our studio and sent for transcription.

Waxham Barn, a Grade 1 listed, beautiful old barn was the venue for a national conference on the subject of coastal erosion and global warming organised by Lincoln University. Shock provided sound and projection facilities for the presentations. We also recorded the presentations on to CD for transcription. Built in the 1500s(!) the barn which was used to store wheat has now been restored and is now used as a conference/ education venue. The Barn has little artificial light so to let in more light the huge barn doors are thrown open.

22 June, 2007

Weddings Galore! - sound for speeches and parties

The summer wedding season has begun! - we've installed and run sound, lighting and staging for a few weddings this summer already. We provided radio microphones and a sound system for a very lovely wedding in Tunbridge Wells recently.

The Groom wrote to us afterwards, "I just wanted to drop you a quick line now that I have got back from my Honeymoon to pass on to you Lisa and my sincere thanks for everything you did at our wedding. I must say that the music was my biggest worry for the day, what a waste of emotion that was! Thank you so much for everything you did for us, the service you provided was outstanding" Richard

Springtime events

Spring saw us working on a wide variety of events: from providing a sound system and microphones for an outdoor rugby festival in France to installing and running the sound for the Sephardic Flamenco band Los Desterrados at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. More information and details of forthcoming gigs can be found at www.losdesterrados.com. They are performing at the Diaspora London Music Village in Hyde Park on the 29th June 2007

Shock AV provide sound for Jaeger Store

We recently installed a sound system for 2 exclusive events at the Jaeger flasgship London store on Regent Street, London. Elizabeth Walker, executive fashion and beauty editor of Marie Claire magazine gave a presentation. Presenters used our handheld radio microphones to ensure there were no unsightly cables to get in the way of the collection!

Conference and meeting recording

We've recently invested in a couple of great location sound recorders.


We can now very easily record a conference for a client and hand them a USB memory stick at the end of the conference with all the presentations from the day recorded on it.

We can also take the recordings back to our recording studio, edit and master the recordings; then present the client with a CD of the conference to be sent off for transcription or sent to someone who missed the conference.

Here's a thanks you note from our client Jose Hulsenbeck at Medicine Sans Frontier. We recorded their recent 'Scientific Day' at St Bart's Great Hall in Central London 

"Thanks for the MP3s. We received the disc yesterday. Great quality. This will help us with our abstracts as well as giving the opportunity to post some of the presentations on the website"

23 February, 2007

Shock at Sky News!

Shock were recently hired by Sky News
to provide radio mics and a PA system for CEO James Murdoch to adress employees at their studio complex in Osterly, West London. The 1 hour talk and questions and answer session was also filmed and Shock provided an overflow boardroom feed.

14 February, 2007

A Night of Song with a hint of Jazz

So far February has seen us working with an array of talented musicians. First off was "A Night of Song" at Edgware Synagogue which attracted over a thousand people (with 100 turned away at the door). 4 talented soloists were accompanied by the Shabbaton choir and various musicians in an amazing evening of Jewish liturgical and Yiddish song. Shock provided full lighting and sound for the concert.

Adult and childrens' choirs also provided the entertainment for a Naom Primary School fundraising evening held in the Kinloss suite in Finchley. Also entertaining the crowd was talented pianist Yuval Havkin and the evening was completed by showing of a fundraising film on our 10ft screen.

On February 10th Shock combined forces with Pirate Management to produce an evening of jazz with all profits going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The performers included a jazz quartet led by Danny Davies and Andy Quinn whilst David Berkovitch and Peter Gallagher entertained with musical theatre. Shock again handled all the sound and lighting for the event which raised over £3000 for the charity.

17 January, 2007

Sufi singing at St John's Smith Square

Shock AV provided a sound system and engineers for a sell-out charity concert, organised by Lebanon United and held at the magnificent St John's Smith Square church. Attended by over 600 people the line up included Wissam Boustany, Davod Azad and the Orion Symphony Orchestra conducted by Toby Purse.

10 January, 2007

Hearing Loop installation

Shock have just completed the installation of a hearing loop system at Ivy House in Hampstead. We also maintain the Ivy House audio-visual equipment and run training sessions for the staff.

Limmud Conference - 10 years with Shock!

Shock have reached a decade of running sound, lighting and audio visual services for the annual Limmud Conference.

This year was one of the best yet with a record 2300 participants. Highlights included an amazing Jewish gospel group and a great program of lectures, workshops and performances. Shock supplied 5 staff and a huge range of sound, lighting, projection and other audio visual equipment. We also provided advice and support for the organisers and presenters. The Limmud organising team

Shock's Christmas shows - The Gruffalo, Gruffalo's Child and others

As well as sound, lighting, projection and other audio visual hires and services Shock run a successful recording studio composing and recording music for theatre shows and TV ads. Our recent shows have been busy touring the UK, US, Singapore, China and Poland!

This Christmas saw the Tall Stories Theatre Company show of 'The Gruffalo' playing at the Arts Theatre in London. 'The Gruffalo' has now been seen by 50,000 plus people and should be touring for many years to come. A Gruffalo DVD of the show is available on Amazon produced by the Really Useful Group in 2005.

Meanwhile the 'Gruffalo's Child' show had a successful Christmas run at The Gardner Arts Centre in Brighton as well as The Phoenix in Leicester and should hit the West End in 2007. Shock also provided the radio microphones for the show.

Expect to see the Big Wooden Horse production of 'The Night Before Christmas' touring the UK in 2007 after a successful premiere.

Finally the 'Snow Dragon' show has been touring the United States and getting great reviews. We had a lovely email from someone who couldn't get the Snow Goblin song out of their head and wrote to us for the full lyrics.

09 January, 2007

New Equipment for the Digital Age

Shock are proud to be the owners of two new Yamaha LS9 digital mixing desks which will enhance the live audio experience in our future events and performances.

These incredibly versatile desks have a huge number of features and every set up can be saved for future shows. They are available for dry hire or we can supply a trained engineer with them! Please call us for details.