Stavanger Concert Hall keeps it quiet with Robe ESPRITES
Stavanger Concert Hall is a gleaming, beautifully designed glass and steel architectural masterpiece occupying a stunning waterfront location in Norway’s charismatic ‘oil capital’, where the hustle of marine‐based industries fuse with a passion for culture and live performance.
The venue has not been quiet during the pandemic period, which has seen the delivery of 66 x Robe ESPRITE moving lights and 24 x ParFect 150s, all part of an ongoing technical upgrade overseen by head of lighting, Nils Foss.
The new fixtures are rigged in the 1200 seat “Fartein Valen” concert hall and is also home to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. They are also in the fully flexible multi‐purpose Zetlitz hall which has capacities of 850 seated and 1900 standing and is used for a wide range of performance.
The 48 x Robe ESPRITE Profiles and 18 x ESPRITE PCs are distributed between the two main rooms and have replaced a quantity of older moving lights purchased when the building opened in 2012. The ParFect 150s have superseded older conventional LED side lights as part of Zetlitz’s permanent house rig. “It was time for a change,” stated Nils. “We needed fixtures that were more powerful, quieter, lighter in weight and generally more versatileand sustainable.”
The city of Stavanger made the budget available to facilitate arrival of the new lights over the summer ‐ when the Robe fixtures were delivered by Norwegian distributor, Norsk Sceneteknikk AS.
The Concert Hall currently has 15 x ESPRITE Profiles and 18 x ESPRITE PCs in the rig, with the balance of the ESPRITE Profiles in the Zetlitz overhead system, joined by the 24 x ParFect 150s.
The control platform is grandMA3, with new consoles delivered just before the pandemic shutdown also as part of the same upgrade package.
Photos © Louise Stickland