Sound and Vision in the New Forest

All Saints Church is a beautiful Grade 1 listed building serving the parish of Milford on Sea in the New Forest. The parishioners present a traditional church appearance but can remove the communion rails, forward communion table and even the pulpit (yes, honestly!) to erect a stage to create an interesting and exciting space.

To further improve and enhance this modern style of worship APi Communications was asked to supply and install three projection screens across the Nave width in such a fashion that these screens could be concealed when not required.

We designed and installed our own design of electric boom arm that swings out from the nave wall behind the front crossing arch.  The two smaller side aisle screens ascend to disappear behind the Norman arches in the North and South Aisles. We even piggybacked one of these for the music group to have their own images close at hand! The projectors are located at high level behind the rear arches of the crossing, again out of sight from the rear of the church.

A simple button panel controller provides colour coded source selection and control over individual projectors.

We also replaced the current mixing desk with a rack mounted digital desk that can be operated wirelessly from an iPad or iPhone. When using an iPad it can be controlled either by the full professional app which gives detailed access to all areas of the mixing desk as you would expect from a traditional desk. However, it can also be operated by the simple customisable app which allows for only the controls required for basic operation to be displayed, in a simple to access arrangement. A further app allows band members to control their own monitor mix.  The mixer has its own built in touch screen for back-up operation, plus comprehensive recording functions.

APi Communications have enhanced worship at All Saints, however, if you visit this partly Norman church you will find the overall aesthetic to be undisturbed.