Technical Information

The Concert Hall has a thrust stage which is 9m wide x 6m deep x 1.17m high.

Entry to the stage is by means of four sets of steps, two sets upstage entering either side of the Father Willis Organ, and a set mid-stage on either side.

Load-in access is via a Piano lift which enables equipment to loaded at street level and taken directly to the stage (note this is a goods lift only & personnel may not remain on the platform when it is use).

There is no in-house masking kept at the venue as The Concert Hall has choir seating to the rear of the stage and there are no facilities to create a black box.

Please Note:
There is no parking for coaches, trucks or artistes at the Concert Hall.

Lighting Specification

The Concert Hall has a fixed lighting Rig which has additional in-house dimmers to allow you to add your own ground support or floor lighting. Although the Rig is fixed, it contains a number of moving fixtures and we consider it flexible enough for most events. Please contact the Technical Department for more details.

Sound System

Centre Cluster

The centre cluster comprises of 2 d&b Audio C7 full range clusters and 4 d&b C6 cabinets. The C7 units are angled to provide coverage to the rear balcony and flat floor (Stalls) areas. The four C6 units are located on either side of the C7 units and are directed to cover the side of the balcony and remainder of the stalls. The cluster is run in mono, configured and controlled such that the upper two C6 units can be switched off when the balcony is not in use.

Ground Stacks

Left and right ground fill stacks consist of one C7 and one C7 Sub. These units are free standing and are plugged in as required.

Front Fills

Stage front fill is provided by up to 4 d&b E3 units.

Choir Infills

There is no permanent provision to cover the choir left and right seating areas, but when required, these may be covered by employing two of the d&b Audio E3 units, and mounting them on the balcony front lighting rail.


The mixer is a Yamaha QL1 c/w a 16 input/8 output and Dante Stagebox situated in the rear of the balcony. Overall equalisation, delay and level control is to be provided by an XTA DPA428. System equalisation is fully parametric and has a minimum of 8 bands per channel

Stage Monitors

Six Martin Audio LE 400c stage wedge monitors are provided for main monitoring together with the two E3 units for any additional local speech or soloist monitors. The monitor loudspeakers are fed from a mobile monitor amp rack. There is no additional monitor desk, fold back is mixed from FOH.


there are 2 SM58 Beta microphones and 4 AR116 DI boxes held at the Concert Hall. There are also 4 channels of radio mics held at the Town Hall, each channel can either be a lapel mic and belt-pack or a hand held mic. There is a comprehensive stock of microphones held at the Hexagon which are available subject to the programming needs of Reading Arts.

Rick Bull, Technical Manager
(0118) 9372001 - email Rick

Sonya Manasse, Stage Manager
(0118) 9372009 - email Sonya

Tim Liddle, Chief Electrician
(0118) 9372008 - email Tim