St Ives Corn Exchange Acoustics
Users of the popular Corn Exchange venue in St. Ives will be glad to hear of the ‘acoustic’ improvements that have been made courtesy of a £11,773 grant from local construction business, Mick George Ltd.
32 adhesive acoustic panels have been installed to the ceiling and walls in the Charter Hall of the building, the largest space utilised for all manner of events.
The upgrades have resulted as a consequence of concerns that were raised by various user groups about the unacceptable level of sound quality in the space, leading to some groups searching alternative locations to host.
The feedback from user groups since the transformation has been extremely positive, with groups such as U3A particularly impressed by the clarity of speech that is now possible.
A ‘sound and vision’ event is to be scheduled to formally unveil the recent upgrades. The occassion will also showcase the new 6.5m film screen funded by ‘Friends of Corn Exchange’ and resident Community Cinema Group ‘Screen St. Ives’.
The destination is already widely used for recorded music, public speaking, film showings, dramatic performances and rehearsals, family celebrations, conferences, lectures, sports broadcast, balls and parties, and the acoustic enhancements are only likely to broaden that appeal to existing and prospective users.
Further advancements are already being formulated, with improved sound and lighting equipment, as well as replacing the current modular staging, planned.
Christopher Lewis, Director at St. Ives Corn Exchange Community Interest Company said: ‘’The grant from Mick George Ltd has resulted in hugely improved acoustics in the Hall, enabling us to promote our venue to a more diverse audience range. There will be considerable gains for community, family and commercial activities, thanks to the clearer interactions that are now available.’’
Jon Stump, Joint CEO of Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We recognise the importance of venues such as the Corn Exchange as a central hub for communities to engage in many ways. Often funds are hard to come by to make any necessary changes, so we’re happy to have been able to contribute. We’re sure that the benefits will be felt by all users.’’