Each year, over 350,000 people attend over 400 concerts and events presented at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. These include performances by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra — the oldest continuing professional symphony orchestra in the U.K. — and a diverse lineup of world-class artists, from classical and pop to comedy, film, and spoken word. In addition, Liverpool Philharmonic owns the largest collection of church bells of any U.K. orchestra — 14 in all — which allowed the Orchestra to be the U.K.’s first to perform Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and others with the correct low bells, as originally specified by the composer.
For these concerts and events, Riedel’s Bolero system provides Liverpool Philharmonic with fast and flexible configuration while ensuring reliable operation and pristine audio quality. The Bolero Standalone Application — a license-enabled upgrade for the system — delivers plug-and-play simplicity, allowing up to 100 antennas and beltpacks to be easily set up and configured via a web browser without the need for an intercom matrix.
Currently, Liverpool Philharmonic is utilizing four six-key Bolero wireless beltpacks and two wireless antennas throughout the Hall. In addition, 15 wired digital beltpacks with four headset stations are integrated into the system via Riedel’s Performer C44plus System Interface. Headsets used with the beltpacks include a Riedel Max high-performance headset. Designed for environments with high levels of ambient noise, the Max headset features excellent attenuation abilities and optimal hearing protection, allowing the Orchestra’s church bell musician to safely play the bells while remaining in communication with the show’s production team. Moving forward, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Bolero system will allow for further expansion by integrating with additional technologies, such as the Hall’s back- and front-of-house paging systems.