Martlets Classical Spectacular

Martlets Classical Spectacular

“Martlets Popular Classical Spectacular”


We are proud to announce a Classical Spectacular which will take place on Sunday 9th March at All Saints Church in Hove in support of the Martlets Hospice.

Inspired by the world famous Dutch musician Andre Rieu, this concert features some of the most popular classical orchestral and vocal pieces with music by Johann Strauss, Elgar, Bizet, Puccini, Sullivan, Lehar and Verdi.

The audience is invited to sway, hum, sing-a-long, clap their hands, stamp their feet in the glorious, fun-packed, joyous atmosphere that this music radiates.

The programme includes Strauss’ The Blue Danube Waltz, the Trisch-Trasch Polka, the Radetzky March, Elgar’s Chanson du Matin, the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, arias and choruses from Carmen, Tosca, The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, the celebrated duet from Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, the Humming Chorus from Madama Butterfly and many more, finishing with a “Last Night of the Proms” finale.

The wonderful line up of soloists includes soprano Jacquelyn Fugelle who has sung as a soloist at the Royal Opera and with all the major British opera companies as well as extensively across Europe. She is a regular soloist on Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio Two. Hyacinth Nicholls (mezzo soprano) is from Trinidad but is based in London. She has performed as a soloist with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Royal Opera and English National Opera. Gavin Sayers (tenor) has sung with Glyndebourne and Scottish Opera; Darren Jones (baritone) has sung with Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North and with the Cologne City Opera.
Soprano Karen Orchin has sung with Regency Opera and English Festival Opera and is regular performer with MT2000. Also taking part is special guest singer Andrey Ganchuk from the Ukraine.

The chorus of some 50 plus singers is made up from the combined choruses of MT2000 and Actually Gay Men’s Chorus and the large orchestra consists of players from the English Festival Opera conducted by Brighton based musician Simon Gray.

The concert, sponsored by Streamline Taxis, starts at 7.00pm on Sunday 9th March and tickets from £12.50 are available from the Box Office on 01273 555089

More information and press tickets available from SIMON GRAY (see below for contact details)

Music Theatre 2000
72 Balsdean Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 6PF
Tel. (01273) 301220 Mobile 07885 833579
email: [email protected]




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Silver Strings

Silver Strings

Learn to play a string instrument!

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Over 50? Always wanted to play a string instrument?

Then Silver Strings is for you.

This new  9 week course will ease you into learning the basics in a group
-we even provide the instruments!

Course fee £36.00

West Hill Hall, Compton Avenue

Wednesdays starting 24th April 2013 2-3:30pm

Call Jackie Duncan at Age UK B&H 01273 720603

Email Isabel: [email protected]

Lucky 7 for AVT Connect – 7 events in 7 weeks for 7 clients at Brighton Dome

Lucky 7 for AVT Connect – 7 events in 7 weeks for 7 clients at Brighton Dome

Lucky 7 for AVT Connect –

7 events in 7 weeks for 7 clients

at Brighton Dome

The Dome in Brighton is known for many things.  Which one stands out the most?  Perhaps it’s ABBA winning the 1974 Eurovision song contest and then going on to become one of the world’s greatest ever bands.  It was also where Pink Floyd first performed Dark Side of the Moon and Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, The Smiths and Led Zeppelin, have all played there.

There’s no limit to the events that can be staged at Brighton Dome from a large conference, an intimate meeting, impressive exhibition, exclusive banquet, gala dinner, awards ceremony, formal seminar or corporate party. All five venues within the complex can be used individually or combined and there are also three additional external break-out facilities, all situated within 100 metres.  Corporate clients include Microsoft, American Express, L’Oreal, BBC and Barclays and organisations return time and again because of the flexibility of the spaces and the expertise of in-house production services team.

AVT Connect feels honoured to be a preferred supplier at the Dome and is no stranger to producing events in each of their five venues and in the numerous breakout rooms and spaces that are also available.  From mid June to the end of July, AVT produced six events for a variety of different and interesting organisations which couldn’t be more different to the rock star heritage spoken about above.

As a preferred supplier, AVT has a wealth of experience integrating successfully with the in-house facilities and technical team. All of these events required flown screens, great connectivity, presentation slides, layers of lighting and sound.  They required AV Technicians on hand to stage manage and co-ordinate all the different elements to ensure a flawless delivery and each of the events had their own unique story to tell.

EPIZONE European Research Group (ERG) / Institute for Animal Health – Annual Meeting at Brighton Dome (13th-14th June)

The theme of the 6th annual meeting was “Viruses on the move” and reflects the ever changing virus landscape. This poses continuing and new threats to animal and human health and food security and provides challenges for control of animal diseases. The meeting addressed the latest developments aimed at monitoring and understanding the evolution, emergence, transmission and spread of epizootic viruses.  AVT received the following feedback, “The high standard of the audio visual equipment and expert, helpful and friendly technical assistance was a major factor in making our EPIZONE meeting a great success. We have received a lot of very positive feedback about the meeting and we will have no hesitation in recommending AVT to others.”

Ampersand: The Web Typography Conference – organised by Clearleft (15th June)

Typography can be described as “the mechanical arrangement of language”.  With over 10 different speakers on the subject, including Professor Phil Baines, the Senior Typographic Lecturer at Central St Martin’s College, this conference represents all the latest developments in web typography.  Neil Harrison, AVTs Head Technician said of the conference, “ I never imagined so much work went into designing a web font , the alphabet has to be designed for upper case, lowercase, superscript, postscript and then there’s symbols, numbers  and punctuation.  Furthermore, I didn’t realise the passion that exists for fonts, there are some real font nerds out there which is great!”

BASHH / ASTDA (Joint Spring Meeting) British Association for Sexual Health and HIV / American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (27th-29th June)
BASHH is the lead representative body for those practicing sexual health including management of STIs and HIV in the UK.  Whilst the nature of some of the subject matter could be considered to be somewhat sensitive, this was the first time that AVT had used Wi-Fi to send all presentations from speaker preview to technical operations, instead of the usual hard wired network. This saved the client money and was a seamless delivery of audio visual slides.

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness: ASSC16 – hosted & organised by Brighton & Sussex Medical School: A partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex with the NHS (02nd-06th July)

The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. Their 16th annual meeting took place in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall and Pavilion Theatre and the Corn Exchange was also used for presentations and display.  There was talk of having real live tissue from Einstein’s brain on display for people to view, which didn’t happen at the last moment, much to the disappointment of several people!

Arts Marketing Association (10th-12th July)

The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) is the professional development organisation for arts marketers and audience development professionals. There are around 2,000 AMA members, mainly arts professionals who attended the three day event which at various times occupied the Dome Concert Hall, the Pavilion Theatre and various break out spaces such as the Dome mezzanine and Pavilion bar.  It was a highly successful conference as underlined by their glowing testimonial, “We were 100% delighted with the delivery of services from AVT Connect at our conference in Brighton.  All the services were delivered as promised and we would definitely look to use AVT Connect again, if the opportunity arose.  Thank you so much!”

Graduation Ceremony for the University of Sussex (03rd- 06th July) & Graduation Ceremony for the University of Brighton (23rd-27th July)

It gave AVT immense pride to produce the University of Brighton and University of Sussex graduations.  Spread over four days, the University of Sussex graduations hosted a total of 2,225 students – the biggest number ever to attend the summer ceremonies.  They were awarded their degrees by the University of Sussex Chancellor, Sanjeev Bhaskar, at Brighton Dome, watched by 6,000 guests, family and friends. Hundreds more were watching around the world as the ceremonies were broadcast live online, for which AVT provided the feed.

The record number of 5,000 University of Brighton graduating students at this year’s summer award ceremonies shared the stage with nine honorary graduates including Jonny Ball (Doctor of Science), the man who taught millions to ‘think of a number’, and Harvey Goldsmith CBE (Doctor of Arts), the legendary rock impresario.

Charity Women’s Bike Ride Sunday 30 Sept

Charity Women’s Bike Ride next Sunday


Hi Folks

I just signed up for this great event which is taking place on Sunday 30th from Plumpton Racecourse. Its a cycling sportive for Macmillan Cancer Care.

It should be a great fun ride for women of all abilities, so why not sign up too and join the hundreds taking part in a fun day out on the quiet Sussex country lanes and raise money for a great cause (or any cause of your own!).

Entries close this coming Thursday and you can register online here at

If you can’t ride then please sponsor me and my three friends who are all riding the longest course (80kms) to raise money for WaterAid. You can sponsor us here

SPINBRIGHTON womens health event

SPINBRIGHTON womens health event –

free fri 05/10/12

Women’s Health, Women’s Voices – Make sure NHS health reforms deliver
for women in Brighton and Hove

Brighton Women’s Centre is holding a FREE event for women to discuss
health issues on Friday 5th October 10.30am – 3.30pm at My Hotel
http ://www . myhotels . com/my-hotel-brighton/index . html

Women’s health, women’s voices is supported nationally by the Women’s
Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC), is your chance to say what girls
and women need from your local NHS and to find out how to influence
services. Speakers include: Zoe Palmer (WHEC), Christa Beesley (Clinical
Commissioning Group), Rob Jarrett (Chair of the Shadow Health and Well
Being Board) and Michelle Pooley (Healthwatch Commissioner).

Lisa Dando (Director of Brighton Women’s Centre) said,

“The NHS is currently undergoing a period of substantial reform which
will have implications for women’s organisations in Brighton and Hove
working on health-related issues.  It will be important for all those
affected to understand just what these reforms are likely to mean in
practice and to be aware of how to engage and influence the new

The meeting will update local women’s groups on the current
restructuring of health and care services and provide a chance to talk
about the opportunities and challenges these reforms create.  Women will
be able to share experiences of engaging with local health bodies and
build a strong network to campaign for local NHS services to take the
needs of girls and women into account.

A full programme for the event can be found at
http ://www . womenscentre . org . uk/index . php?Events

To book a place please email [email protected] or download a
registration form from http ://www . womenscentre . org . uk/index . php?Events
or pick up a registration form from Brighton Women’s Centre, 72, High
Street, Brighton BN2 1RP

Zoe Palmer, manager of WHEC said,

“WHEC is creating women-only spaces around the country to ensure that
the experiences and needs of women and girls’ are reflected in health
and social care policy.  We will take all the key issues to government
and present a picture that reflects what girls and women tell us they
need from the NHS.”

STEP Private Client Awards hosted by Kate Adie

STEP Private Client Awards hosted by Kate Adie

Brighton’s AVT Connect produces

STEP Private Client Awards hosted by Kate Adie

Brighton-based AVT Connect was delighted to produce the prestigious STEP Private Client Awards at The London Hilton on Park Lane’s Wellington Ballroom on Wednesday 19th September.

Celebrated television reporter, journalist and author Kate Adie OBE was invited to host the glittering occasion and announce the winners, from over 80 UK and international firms and four industry luminaries, who made this year’s shortlist.

Looking glamorous in sequins, Kate, who is a former Chief News Correspondent for the BBC and known for covering conflicts such as the Gulf War, added a highly entertaining element to the celebration – and received rapturous applause from the guests.

Attended by a prominent guest list and audience of nearly 700 financiers, the awards are the only international competition to highlight excellence across the private wealth sector and include categories for private client solicitors/attorneys, lawyers, barristers, accountants, private bankers, financial advisors and trust managers.

STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) was founded in 1991 and is the leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues.  The Private Client Awards offer an unrivalled opportunity for these professionals to demonstrate excellence in their field and to their peer group.

This was the seventh annual STEP awards and AVT Connect again took great pleasure in producing this celebratory occasion, not least because it offers the opportunity to use a whole range of technical, digital and events expertise for which they are renowned.

AVT designed and installed the elaborate stage set and a dynamic lighting display combined with a looped presentation on arrival which showed pictures of the guests as they arrived and displayed sponsors’ logos.

In addition, they designed a 120 second upbeat graphic with “dancing” spotlights lights to open the awards.  To go with the awards themselves, AVT produced a dynamic presentation in PowerPoint™.


On the night, a team of technicians were on hand to manage the audio visual and dual screen set up with music and video relay.   The music was well chosen and on several occasions, the audience clapped in time to the beat.

AVT’s camera team filmed the entire event, including interviews with judges, sponsors and winners.  Together this footage will be edited to produce an essence video of the occasion for use on the STEP awards web site.


For the second year STEP’s award charity was Feed the Minds who deliver innovative education projects to help save lives, reduce poverty and transform communities in developing countries. This year’s STEP PCA raised £56,623 for Feed the Minds through contributions by awards entrants. There is no fee for entering the awards.

View the full list of winners and photos at All winners will be profiled in STEP’s membership magazine, the STEP Journal, which will be online at in November.


AVT’s Diamond Do: Gatwick Diamond Business Awards go Funky

AVT’s Diamond Do: Gatwick Diamond Business Awards go Funky

AVT’s Diamond Do: Gatwick Diamond Business Awards go Funky

2012 marks the fourth year of the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards and the GDBA (Gatwick Diamond Business Association) pulled out all the stops to host a Black Tie event that will be talked about for years to come.

The awards ceremony has doubled in size since the first event in 2009 and the GDBA wanted a ceremony that would extend beyond the night itself and cement its reputation as one of the regions premier business occasions.  The awards are run as a not-for-profit event and proceeds are invested back into promoting and supporting local issues and making sure the organisation is run by the members for the members.  Gatwick Airport, Santander and PwC LLP were this year’s headline sponsors.

AVT Connect are delighted to have been involved in the continued success and growth of the event, working in partnership with the GBDA to produce a successful and exciting event that this year included live relay and a post event video.

Rory Bremner was this years’ presenter and managed quite simply to captivate the audience.  Many a belly laugh ensured that the ceremony was highly entertaining and will most certainly be talked about by everyone in attendance.

Building on the success of last years event, the GDBA again booked the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick to accommodate the increased number of 600 guests in the “Millenium Suite”.  The adjoining “Bentley Suite” provided the perfect location for an after show party and 70’s disco; AVT themed the area to provide the perfect dancing experience.

Jeremy Taylor, Director of GDBA, decided to have a 70’s funk-themed after-party saying, “Award ceremonies always end too early.  Just as everyone is starting to enjoy themselves it’s time to go.  As well as being a chance to commend exceptional business practice in Sussex, the awards are always a fantastic occasion for our members to get together, meet other members, socialise and network.  We felt that it shouldn’t be limited to just the table they are sitting at.” 

AVT were responsible for designing and producing the awards ceremony and after-party including the stage setting, projection, sound, and lighting equipment, themed disco and filming, all managed, expertly by their high-calibre technical team.  Also provided was a 3-camera set-up with live relay as well capturing vox-pop interviews with guests, award-winners, sponsors and judges.

A post event video will provide first hand testimony by this year’s participants as to why organisations should get involved in this great awards scheme, and will shortly be available on GDBA’s website.

The evening was an enormous success and AVT would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and the Gatwick Diamond Business Association on yet again upping the ante and organising such a spectacular awards ceremony.



On Wednesday 08th February the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Building Performance Awards were attended by over 750 industry peers in the sumptuous surroundings of the Great Room in London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

The CIBSE Building Performance Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the best performance, innovation and practice in design, commissioning, construction, installation and operation of sustainable buildings and the manufacturers whose technologies enable energy efficiency.

Organised by Redactive Media Group, the awards were once again produced by AVT Connect and the evening was presented by Huw Edwards who helped make this years’ event a night to remember.

For creative and logistical reasons AVT Connect made the decision to a digital media server which enables multi-layer projection of a dynamic video background onto an ultra-wide screen.  Programmable and customisable sequences were used to open the show, introduce awards and provided simple but highly impactful integration between lighting and video.

Using layered video to create content for awards offers huge flexibility, enabling production teams to overcome challenges such as late amends and running order changes.  AVT were able to give fast turnarounds and ease of content management ensured that the hard work and contribution of CIBSE supporters and members was highlighted to the full.

This month, as well as producing the CIBSE awards AVT Connect are also producing a conference for Southern Railway at the Grand Hotel, Brighton and providing event production services at the launch night of the Brighton Festival at the Brighton Dome.

AVT Connects with London’s Inovation Hub

AVT Connects with London’s Inovation Hub

AVT Connects with London’s Inovation Hub

AVT Connect, Brighton-based live event and digital media communications specialist with over 35 years industry experience, is delighted to be expanding its operation into London, opening a new office in the creative media and technology heart of Clerkenwell EC1.

“Our HQ is in Brighton, a creative and innovative city and it’s great to now have an office in a similarly innovative and exciting area in London”, explains Jon Fox, CEO. “Following our re-brand last year and continuing expansion & growth into a fully integrated live event & digital media agency we need to be at the heart of world-leading innovation hubs”.

The new London office is situated in a beautiful 19th century building once owned by Pink Floyd and used as their recording studio! Based at 1 Sekforde Street in Clerkenwell Green Conservation area, it’s shared by a number of creative companies.

Communal spaces feature funky, hi-tec meeting areas, including a circular beanbag meeting room to encourage brainstorming, collaboration and think tanks. London clients are delighted that AVT will be on hand for planning, recces, consultancy and production meetings.

Outstanding London projects include live webcasting of Boris Johnson’s “State of London debate”, video work for HSBC, a virtual product launch for Bentley and AV services at conferences and awards. AVT has also provided European technical delivery and consultancy for agency partners and membership, finance and medical organisations.

AVT continues to deliver exceptional communications for Sussex clients and are preferred suppliers at many prestigious Brighton venues including the newly opened American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

Recent projects include event production at the Flash on the Beach conference at the Brighton Dome, the Argus Achievement Awards at the Theatre Royal, a live webcast for Caterpillar at the Ropetackle Centre in Shoreham by Sea and video production for Sharpstream.

AVT is looking forward to 2012 and producing ever more relevant, innovative, high impact communications for clients in Sussex, London and the South East, throughout the UK and across the globe.

Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach – Reinforcing Brighton’s Status as a Digital Hub & Destination

8th September 2011, Brighton Dome, part of the Royal Pavilion Estate, will host Flash on the Beach (FOTB) from 11th-14th September 2011.  FOTB is an annual international design & technology conference and will be a platform for the leading minds in the industry to share knowledge, educate and inspire.

Organised by John Davey, MD of Develop Ltd, this high-profile digital community conference includes close to 60 speakers for three days of design, code, inspiration and networking for designers, developers and artists.




To find out more about the Flash on the Beach conference ticket booking & sponsorship contact:

John Davey, Managing Director
020 8770 0990 / [email protected] /

To find out more about booking an event at Brighton Dome contact:

Donna Miller, Senior Conference & Event Manager
01273 261 524 / [email protected] /

To find out more about the Brighton Digital Festival please contact:

Penny Schroder-Smith or Vicki Hughes, Fugu PR
01273 550 995 / [email protected]/

To find out more about AVT Connect’s live event & digital media capabilities please contact:

Steve Affleck, Marketing & Communications Manager
01273 299 001 / 020 7515 1999; [email protected] /

Lewes Bonfire Night

For a Great Night out and it’s FREE!
Warm Clothing and Earplugs Recommended

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