Marco Hartendorf, Technical Manager of the Philharmonie concert hall in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and his crew had huge smiles on their faces when their first Robe moving lights arrived at the venue, which was a total of 10 brand new DL4X Spots.
Silence and the LED lightsource were both pivotal when it came to deciding which luminaires to invest in for this latest purchase, and although competitor products had been used in their concert and recital venues before; they were too noisy for this type of performance, Marco explained.
He and the lighting team of four work across the Philharmonie‘s two main venues – De Kleine Zaal capacity 412 and The Great Hall, with 1220 sets, and also the Stadschouwburg (City Hall), which is about 2 kilometres away and still within the city centre.
What is now the Philharmonie re-opened in 2005 after extensive renovations incorporating the original building and its performance spaces dating back to the late 19th century – known as the Concertgebouw for many years – with a new building that is ingeniously wrapped around it, in the process creating some fantastic classic-meets-contemporary environments as well as the new Kleine Zaal (Small Hall). The fabulous original Cavaillé-Coll organ in the Great Hall was also restored to its former glory.
In addition to the lively programme of concerts, recitals, orchestral and other shows produced be the Philharmonie and the City Hall – the latter is more focused on rock, pop and dance music – all these spaces are utilised for events, presentations, parties and private hires, which creates a busy schedule.
While some artists will bring their own production to the City Hall, in most cases, the house crew and lighting rig is utilised, so they have to be able to offer as much flexibility as possible, and this was also a motivation for the DL4X purchase.
Apart from the near silent running of Robe’s LED Spot fixture, an excellent quality of light output was needed, and being an LED source, it fulfils the ‘green key’ requirements for sustainability, a philosophy being embraced across the whole site. The plan is for halogens to be eradicated completely in the coming years.
CMY colour mixing was also vital for the style and variety of performance genres presented at the Philharmonie, and the colours in general were another area where the DL4X scored compared to the other brands considered! Finally, it was vital that the fixtures were small, lightweight and portable.
In all these areas, Robe was easily the best choice.
The DL4X’s were delivered as a fully flight-cased package by Robe’s Benelux distributor Controllux, and will be moved between the Philharmonie’s two venues and the City Hall.
Marco stated that this is a great all-round product for theatres and concert halls and was impressed with the power and authenticity of the whites as well as with the refined colour mixing.
Before this purchase, they have hired Robe LED Wash 600s, Pointes and other fixture for specific events, so they were all aware of the brand and features like the build quality and reliability.
Marco concluded with the following: “We see a lot of different products on all the various touring shows that play our venues and we are seeing Robe more and more frequently and consistently than ever before which in the context of the Benelux market, has been partly due to the hard work and tenacity of Controllux.”
The new DL4Xs will be controlled in house via their Philharmonie’s Road Hog consoles. Their first project is a Business awards event in the Great Hall and this will be followed by a string of other events throughout the summer.