“RealSound & Vision were chosen to install theatre sound, lighting and audio visual systems in our newly built Performing Arts Centre in summer 2016.
The installation took place alongside the completion of the rest of the build but RealSound were flexible with this and were able to get the installation completed in time for the opening night.
A new LED lighting system was installed which required extensive onsite training. The team were always available and even worked with us over a weekend to provide assistance and support to get the lighting ready for the first performance.
After sales support has been excellent and we are delighted with the finished product. It is professional and exactly what we needed for this very flexible and versatile performing and teaching space.”
Ed Parkin, Head of Middle School & Computing, Hatherop Castle School, Gloucs.
“Having met the RealSound team at the BETT show, their director David and I worked together to create the perfect sound system specification for our school hall. Installed within just a few weeks after the show, all went well and I am very pleased with the system. I would like to say thank you to you and your team for this. You have been helpful from start to finish and your reassuringly knowledgeable installers are a credit to your company.”
Paul Knight, Information Systems Manager, Welford Primary School, Birmingham.
“When we were granted the funds to update our school hall sound system, I obtained several quotes from UK companies before choosing David and the team at RealSound and Vision. RealSound instantly appealed with David’s personal attention to detail and wealth of experience; he offered unbiased advice and really listened to what we needed in our multi-purpose school hall. He made several visits to the school and was also regularly in contact via email to ensure that I was happy with all product decisions and equipment options. The RealSound team installed the entire set-up during a school half-term, which was ideal, and then returned to provide an instructive session for our staff. We now have a dual system: one for day to day use in assemblies and meetings, with connections to a laptop, iPod dock, CD player and up to four mics; then a portable flight cased rack at the back of the hall with a large mixing desk, plus six radio mics, iPod dock, CD player and connections to monitor speakers up on the stage. Both systems have been well used on a regular basis as well as well as for musical productions, GCSE and A-level Performing Arts assessments and school concerts. It is a pleasant relief to have a system that’s reliable, ready to go and sounds superb. RealSound continues to be on hand to answer any queries I have, from long-term solutions to last-minute panics on concert days!”
Louise Burdett, Head of Music, Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls.
“After a major building project the school was left with a new main hall that had no stage, sound or lighting system. We were able to share our visions with RealSound, for them to turn our ideas into a reality. Where other companies stumbled across problems, the staff at RealSound and Vision only saw challenges which they were able and keen to conquer. The end result is that our school now has a theatre system which has far exceeded our expectations. We are now able to offer our children the opportunity to experience every aspect of what it takes to put together professional productions using state of the art equipment. Sudbury Primary School would not hesitate to recommend RealSound and Vision for projects similar to ours and we hope that the good relationship formed with them continues into the future.”
Jacqui Whall, School Administrator, Sudbury Primary School, Wembley.
“My school, The Rosary Catholic Primary is situated in the Saltley area of Birmingham. In 2008, a colleague and I set up a drama group in school to assist children with their speaking and listening skills. We had (and still have) a large percentage of children who speak English as a second language. The group was very popular and we produced our first play in the summer of 2009, presenting it in the school hall. The primitive lighting ‘system’ did little to augment that performance and despite the shows being successful aesthetically since then, I felt that so much more could be gained by having a proper lighting arrangement.
In 2011 the drama group staged a show at Solihull Library Theatre. This was a fantastic experience for our children and that was the catalyst for a revamp of the school hall. A stage was built for us by a local carpenter relative and at the same time I began to look for companies who provide stage lighting for primary schools. I had to submit a minimum of three quotes to my Head teacher and the Board of Governors.
I trawled the internet looking for companies that install lights for primary schools. Having read various testimonies and reviews of several companies, I eventually chose three. Each company sent out a representative and all were helpful, knowledgeable and informative.
After studying each bid carefully, I decided to opt for RealSound and Vision. On his visit to school, Managing Director David Nibbs impressed me with his openness and demeanour. This, coupled with an impressive overall presentation that RealSound was offering, made my mind up for me.
When worked commenced in July this year, the engineers were extremely courteous and professional. We have a hectic dinner-time schedule in school and they worked around this with no fuss. At the end of each day they were meticulous in tidying up. They also showed great patience when teaching a fellow colleague and I how to operate our new lighting equipment and were very obliging.
Our first production, ‘The Jungle Book’, presented in July, shortly after the installation of the lights, was as astronomical success. The lights were incredibly effective and enriched the performance. Children in the audience ‘ooh’d and ahh’d’ at the changing colour sequences of the lights. The system gave the production a real professional appearance. The actors on stage felt as though they were in a theatre and said their acting became better with the lighting arrangements.
When asked about the RealSound and Vision lighting system, Umaima Gandhi, a Year 6 student and leading actor in the Rosary Drama Group said “The lights give great effect to our plays and they make me feel like a professional actor on stage. I think the lights are amazing!”
The system is easy to use and we are now training year 5 children to operate it. We regularly use the lights for assemblies, music concerts and, of course, our burgeoning drama group.
With Christmas coming up the lights will be in great demand for the various nativity plays, talent shows, spelling B’s and discos that are being held in school over the forthcoming weeks.
I would have no hesitation in recommending RealSound and Vision to any school or organization looking to improve sound and/or lighting. And no doubt we will hear more ‘oohs and ahhs’ as the lights continue to enthral the children at The Rosary.
Joe Perkins, The Rosary Catholic Primary School
“It has been a real joy working with the whole team at Real Sound & Vision on the two installations they have done at Spring Common School. I have found everyone I have communicated with very helpful and courteous. Initially we had one combined audio and lighting project but this was split into two and installed over two summer school holiday breaks. Both installations came with full equipment training that has been very valuable to our staff. Their 3 year warranty has meant that we have free technical and fault support, over the telephone and on site visits. Of all the companies I dealt with on these projects I found that Real Sound & Vision had the best understanding of what we needed for our Special Needs School requirements and were able to turn these into two fantastic systems that are genuine value for money.”
John Sutton, Bursar, Spring Common School, Huntingdon.
“We have a wonderful purpose built theatre that has to fulfil a multitude of purposes in a busy London day school catering for 500 pupils. But both the sound and stage lighting were rather antiquated. RealSound and Vision worked with our staff, assessing our needs from the room to then design and install a superb system for the music, drama and assembly/presentation demands that exist here. We have found that we are now using our new equipment to enhance so many other uses of the hall that previously happened without light and sound and therefore pupils are now getting involved in ‘theatre studies’ on a level that few prep schools could equal! In the early days we found that programming the lighting appeared too complex. But Lee, their Technical Manager responsible for installing the system, made several visits to help us achieve success with the most complex of demands. Lee even came along for an evening performance of our Middle School play to see what we had achieved… Now that’s support that goes beyond any company that I have ever worked with in my experience! I would not hesitate to recommend RealSound for installing lighting and sound systems into schools. We will keep our relationship with them as they have future proofed our system and shown where and how it can expand over the coming years in order to continue to meet our needs.”
Tim Calvey, Deputy Headteacher, Orley Farm School, Harrow-on-the-Hill.
“We heard about RealSound and Vision from another school in the area who had been really pleased with the standard of installation of their new stage lighting system. We must say that we too were certainly not disappointed! The engineers were professional and courteous as well as being extremely helpful and patient when teaching us how to operate all our new sound and lighting equipment. I can recommend RealSound to other schools. They really listen to your requirements and design a system to perfectly meet your individual needs. Our first performance with the new system looked so professional and we had many positive comments from our audience.”
Alison Watson, Head Teacher, Kings Meadow Primary School, Southport, Merseyside
“We made a decision to install some stage lighting in our school hall for our plays, productions and concerts. The equipment offered by RealSound & Vision looked impressive and so we opted to place our order with them. The RealSound team were very efficient and effective in working with us to make it happen and the job was completed as quickly as possible. It was just one month from issuing the order to installation of the LED lights and control desk.The children were delighted and captivated by the new lights which work very well for our hall.
During the Christmas productions it was children who operated the system. Everyone was pleased with the end result and parents in particular agree that we have now enhanced our school hall for all future productions and events. We even make use of some of the effects for school discos! The after sales support provided by the RealSound management has been very good and we are happy to recommend the company. Should we decide, at some later date, to enhance or improve our sound or stage lighting facilities, we would be very happy to continue to work with RealSound.
Headteacher, Steve Austin, said: “I am pleased to recommend RealSound without hesitation. The installation engineers and management staff have been excellent in transforming the production experience in our school hall. Everyone is happy with the result; parents, children and staff.”
Year 4 pupil, Katie Ward, who was one of the lighting and sound operators for the Nativity Play in December, said: “After we had practiced how to use the lights, they were very good!”
Steve Austin, Headteacher, Leyland Methodist Junior School, Lancashire.
“Thank you for providing an excellent music and PA system which meets all our needs here in our primary school. Our latest musical production was a great success because the children could be heard easily when using their new wireless microphones. Thanks also for organising the installation so quickly following the breakdown of our old system. – Great customer service!”
Karen Brooks, Headteacher, Weston Turville C. of E. School, Bucks.
“RealSound provided an excellent and robust portable PA system which has supported numerous College events over the last couple of years. More recently they responded very quickly to an urgent need for additional pro audio components and their installation. We hosted a local final for a public speaking competition and all parties were very impressed with the support they received from the College and the RealSound supplied equipment.”
John Hodge, Deputy Head Teacher, Feltham Community College, Hounslow, Middx.
“The staff at RealSound have been helpful from the beginning. They were quick to respond to any queries we had and the installation of our new background music system was really professional and straightforward. The engineer even vacuumed up afterwards!”
Miss Hannah Tucker, IT Technical Lead, Hanham Health Medical Practice, Bristol.
“We are very pleased with our Mipro PA system and it is in use throughout the Borough. We used it when turning on the Christmas lights in Twickenham and the Town Manager was very impressed with it. It is in use for school fetes, plays etc and we use it in-house for large meetings etc. The fact that it is so easy to set up has impressed every one. We are thinking of buying another system later in the year.”
Paul Davison, Centre Technician, Curriculum & Training Centre, London Borough Of Richmond Upon Thames.
“Thank you. Your lads did a very tidy job and had an excellent customer focused attitude. Our new digital music system sounds great and is so easy to use. It has been a pleasure to deal with your company from start to finish.”
Kevin Baldwin, Sales Director, Custom Transformers Ltd., Malmesbury, Wilts.
“I have received the system and it’s perfect for us. I must also mention how impressed I was with your communication and overall service, especially the guidance you gave me in choosing the right product. Thanks again.”
Hanif Ali, Drug Advisory Group, Blackburn, Lancs.
“I have no hesitation in recommending RealSound and Vision to anyone who is looking for a great sound system at a reasonable price and values good customer service.”
Dave Sargeant, Cheadle Business Group, Cheshire.
“Thanks very much for your prompt and speedy service in delivering and installing our music system in time for Christmas. Everything went like clockwork and your engineers Tom and Andy carried out an excellent job on the installation. Please pass on our thanks for such tidy work – you can hardly tell where the cabling is!”
Peter and Sandra Smith, The Victoria Hotel, Drigg, Cumbria.
“I am more than satisfied with the sound, lighting and audio visual equipment your company has installed in our new events centre and, on behalf of Machynlleth Town Council, thank you for the excellent level of service you provided.”
Councillor Bob Dunn, Y Plas House and Estate, Machynlleth, Powys.
“Nice tidy work. Thank you.”
Keith Everett, Nightingale Nursing Home, London.
“When looking for a large portable public address and audio visual system we went and talked with RealSound. This was a new step for us and they quickly understood the requirements from our roughly sketched ideas. They provided the technical knowledge to create an awesome system to take on the road for our events. RealSound assembled the perfect PA/AV solution featuring large format rear projection and a versatile sound system to match. I was highly impressed with every stage of the business transaction from initial discussions to quoting and then supplying – including personally delivering the system and providing us with one-to-one operator tuition. For any future PA or AV requirements I will have no problem going back to RealSound as they provided a perfect customer experience.”
Kevin Snell, IT Manager, Vistage International (UK), Winchester, Hants.
“If you’re looking for a PA system, contact the team at RealSound and Vision. WOW!! – Great service, great help. – And don’t forget to tell ’em Cheggers sent ya!”
Keith Chegwin, TV Personality.
“I would highly recommend RealSound and Vision Ltd to anyone looking for a superb quality sound & lighting system. I had a very tight deadline to meet and David and his team were able to react and meet the deadline and the budget I had given them without compromising on quality. I knew what I wanted to achieve in the premises and RealSound were able to suggest some very creative ideas which has given me a great sound and lighting system for my sports bar. I will continue to use RealSound and Vision for future projects and would not hesitate in recommending them.”
Kareem Naaman, Managing Director, Cedar Sports Management Ltd., Bar Sport, Maidenhead
“The Freedom Audio F100A portable sound system is perfect for indoor and outdoor events when mobility, hands free and immediate use are important. Whether it’s a tea dance, calling out bingo numbers or an open air event in the park, the F100A is adaptable and an ideal solution for all our needs. Thank you.” Gill Miller, Events Officer, Leighton-Lindslade Town Council
“Our new wireless PA system has totally transformed the quality of our football coaching sessions. I can thoroughly recommend RealSound for their expert advice and accurate choice of equipment for our needs as well as their friendly and positive business attitude.”
Alan Walker, Head of Coaching & Education, Kent County Football Association.
“Thank you for getting the PA system to me on time. We had our first swimming gala this evening and the system worked brilliantly. Really pleased with the kit. Pleasure doing business with you.”
Alison Nuttall, Saracens Swimming Club, Stockport, Cheshire.
“Just a line to say how pleased I am with the sound system and to thank you for your prompt attention.”
Joyce Scurlock, Barthomley Women’s Institute, Crewe, Cheshire.
“When we met the RealSound team, we told them that we had one important requirement… We like to pray loud! – The friendly and highly experienced engineers met our requirements with utmost dedication to provide us with a sound system which is truly impressive.”
Sukhi Sandhu, Gurdwara Baba Vadbhag Singh Ji Temple, Coventry, West Midlands.
“Just to let you know that our portable PA system arrived safely and is fabulous. Thanks for the prompt delivery. I am delighted with the unit and look forward to using it regularly.”
Val Walker, Nairn & District Amateur Swimming Club, Highlands, Scotland.
“We ordered a PA system and have been very impressed by the service. We received sound advice when we explained our requirements and when the delivery company let them and us down, RealSound exceeded our expectations by dispatching a replacement system direct to site the very next day. Thanks.”
Gail Whitehouse, The Glasgow Vikings.
“The Mipro PA system you supplied was deployed at a luncheon attended by more than 100 people. In addition to the Chairman, who was Master of Ceremonies, the equipment was used for a playlet performed by six people and a choir of a dozen or so singers. The results were extremely good and compliments flowed. Thank you for supplying exactly what we needed. ”
David Hahn, Torridge U3A, Devon.
“Thank you for the great help you provided during the very successful Nick Clegg – Liberal Democrats Leaders Tour in the May 2010 General Election. As you know, we had an extraordinarily successful tour during which support and enthusiasm grew during the course of the campaign. Without your hire services for the PA system, we would never have been able to fulfil our potential! We were particularly grateful for your prompt and very helpful service when we had to upgrade the kit at very short notice mid-way through the campaign when the crowds grew beyond all our predictions. This played a very significant role behind the success of our campaign. We look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Ben Stoneham, Operations Director, Liberal Democrats, London HQ.
More comments from some of our very satisfied customers to be published here soon!