HISTORY OF RJ'S.
It goes back a long time. Starting all the way back from Junior School when I used to operate lighting and audio for the school plays/
About 20 years ago at senior school I was taught sound and lighting on a larger scale. The music teacher who's name was John Patterson who was a very good teacher, a good friend and the reason for me being where I am today in the Audio Visual world. A recent story upset me so I would also like to dedicate this small section to him as I head he lost a battle to cancer. Should his family ever read this I would like to pass on my wishes to them and say that because of him I am doing what I am doing now as he made this sort of thing interesting and enjoyable. He also taught me to make each job I do special as people do see a good job even if they do not say it.
A few articles on him are here should you wish to read about it. He was a good teacher and a friend which is why I dedicate part of the history in his memory.
Tribute Telegraph and Argus
Mr Patterson was a well respected teacher at our school in the Midlands. When we were doing the audio work and something was wrong he would not tell us off, he would tell us why it was wrong, how it occurred and what could we do to prevent it. We learnt and because of him things ran without a problem. We were left to repair and sort things with him at close range to be able to ask if assistance needed and also to have a check to see if we were getting it right.
In part of the team we set up the audio for large orchestras with many microphones and also the lighting for them along with the lighting, sound and special effects for many productions. One of the big productions was called "The Curse Of Baddesley Manor" a manor haunted by ghosts that did not care too much for the Manor being sold and they would do all they could to scare any potential buyers away. There were many cast and a lot of sound and lighting. With the backing of Mr Patterson the show was a huge success. I was glad and proud to be part of a very good team.
John, you are sadly missed and I thank you for all the help that you did for our school.
On leaving school I never lost the interest in sound, lighting, audio and visual effects. I carried on doing all sort of things to keep myself in on it. I helped out at events where possible and did a lot of voluntary help.
A friend I used to know used to do disco's and upon offering the sale of his disco equipment I started doing a bit of DJ work. It was only a short while when I felt it was not as much of a challenge. I then moved on to Karaoke in 1994 which gave me a lot of experience in mixing sound with general public and getting a good sound.
I joined a local theatre group and got involved a lot in the sound and lighting using some of my own equipment to assist in the shows.
I started full time work with an AV company doing conferences and all sorts of work including motor racing events at major tracks, I worked with some well known stars and gave a professional service.
Whilst doing this I still ran the karaoke and also ran different types of entertainment.
The Birmingham Branch of the AV company closed down and I could not travel to the Buckingham branch every day. The company kept me on working from home for as long as possible but only small events could be done from a member of staff's house.
When it finally finished I was taken on by another company for a good few years doing all sorts of work for them including the National Memorial Arboretum
We have done work for other companies for many events, including openings of buildings, celebrations, ceremonies, speeches and many others. We have in the past done a lot of work for the Lichfield Cathedral. I played a big part in the setting up and operating of the sound, vision and lighting at the Lichfield Festival and also the camera mixing for the audience. Setting up of lighting in the gardens around the Cathedral.
We also did the sound and video at Moor Hall's Ladies Day each year.
The company I was working at retired and I decided to start up on my own. Lichfield Cathedral were happy with my work that they have started to use my services. If you were to look at the reviews on the home page you will see that our first event there recently was working alongside Don Maclean MBE, KSS, KCHS (who some of you will recognise the catchphrase "CRACKERJACK"). Don Maclean has been in the industry a long time and you can see his review of our work.
Since working at the Cathedral we have now purchased a new Bose Speaker which enhances the sound even more.
We can cater for small events and we still have the contacts to be able to help you with large events.
So as small as a broken down audio system at a church hall line dancing event to a Festaval In Lichfield Cathedral.
Single Speakers with a professional sound system, a karaoke for after event entertainment and all other sorts.
Please contact us and let us know your requirements. If we can do what you want you will not be disappointed.
At the age of 41 with 25 years of experience you know you have someone on board who knows what they are doing.
We do in house Pat Testing, In house Website, in house repairs. All these costs our saved so they are not passed over to you. We look after repeat work. With the experience of trouble shooting in the event of a breakdown. Some companies may call someone in and if time is not on your side this can be a problem.