Concerts for Broadcast

Classical Media and its predecessor, The Classical Recording Company, have been providing regular location recording facilities to BBC Radio for the live or deferred relay of concerts and recitals throughout the UK over the last 20 years.

With highly experienced staff and an extensive knowledge of London and regional music venues, Classical Media provides a real alternative to BBC Resources, often at a considerable cost saving.  Whilst our carry-in rigs are ideal for smaller venues and chamber music, our largest rig will comfortably cover an event on the scale of Mahler’s Symphony No.8 in the Royal Festival Hall.

Our standard equipment includes a small scale PA system suitable for an on-stage announcer and full cue programme and talkback facilities to BBC specifications.  We are familiar with the specific needs of broadcast balances such as over-controlling and mono compatibility, and can provide analogue or digital feeds to TV scanners or satellite up-link trucks.  Our multiple rigs are an ideal solution for music festivals where two venues have to be covered on the same day and we have a portable recording kit for location interviews.  All our staff are trained in first aid and we are fully compliant with current Health and Safety requirements.

Case Study: Music Festival coverage for BBC Radio 3
For two years we covered the week-long “Oxford Chamber Music Festival” for BBC Radio 3, providing rigs to cover three venues – the Jacqueline Du Pre Centre, the Holywell Music Room and the Sheldonian Theatre – as well as a roving rig to record interviews for interval features. 

The presentation and music post-production were completed in our studio and finished broadcast masters were prepared for transmission.  We have provided a similar setup for coverage of the City of London Festival for several years, often covering ten different venues in as many days.