Mike Lowe, Managing Director
Mike entered the industry in the mid sixties and joined the Britannia Row Productions main board 27 years ago. He started from school as a roadie in Liverpool in the midst of the Mersey Beat, moving to London in 1969.
After several years working as a freelance sound engineer and production manager, Mike entered the sound rental business in the late 1970’s and has spent the last quarter of a century helping build Britannia Row Productions. All Mike's knowledge has been gained through experience.
"The industry has matured and this route is now rarely possible. Anyone can buy equipment, what differentiates one sound company from another, or one venue’s in-house sound from another, is the quality of their people. I have always believed in training and helping people reach their potential and when they have got there, helping them reach it further!”
Luca Stefani, Course Director &Tutor
Luca gained his Bachelor's degree in Sound Technology and Contemporary Music at Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” Milano in Italy in February 2010. He then further studied Live Sound at Alchemea College.
Luca has a range of experience in the Audio world:
System tech \ P.A. Man for the events:Veneto Jazz Festival 2010 - 2011 (San Marco Square Venezia with artists as Sting,Nohra Jones, James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Patty Smith), Vicenza Jazz Festival 2009, 2011 (Buena Vista Social Club, Steve Coleman, Arturo Sandoval, Chico Freeman, Miroslav Vitous, Markus Stockausen), Radio Company Contatto tour 2010 – 2011, Jesus Christ Superstar Italian Production 2010 (System Tech), Festival Biblico Vicenza 2009 – 2011, , Sonohra 'Place for us' Tour 2011
System designer, FOH assistant for: Monkey: journey to the west at Lincoln center (NYC) 2013 Tutor: Britannia Row Production Training (system design, analysis, optimisation modules) System tech: European summer tour of The Vaccines 2012 for SSE
Technical manager: Senses llc, Doha (Qatar) 2014
System tech, FOH engineer for: Global festival, stage 3 2014 with SSE
Stage Tech, System Tech: V festival (north) main stage 2012, 2014 for SSE
Guilfest 2014 main stage 2014 for Encore
FOH Assistant: Reverb Festival 2012 at Roundhouse, London Young Voices 2012 at O2 Accademy, London
There will be blood with LCO at Roundhouse 2014, London
Sound Engineer at : 93 Feet East (London), Village Underground (London), Cargo (london),The Shoredich (London), Hoxton Pony (London), Pulse (London), XOYO (London), Guanabara (London), PlanB (London)
Sound engineer for the P.A. companies: Hollywood service, Harley service, Showtime, Fullagency. Proiezioni Sonre.
F.O.H. engineer for the events: Vicenza Jazz festival 2011, Veneto Jazz festival 2010-2011, Pope Francis meets the young people in St Maria degli Angeli square 2013
Monitor engineer for the events: Radio Company Contatto tour 2008 \ 2009, Jesus Christ Superstar musical tour 2010 (Italian production)
Sound engineer for the album: Rapsody 21.Track 5. Composer Giuseppe Giuliano, Rugginenti Editore
Other experience -
Composer of contemporary music for the mute movie La passion de Jeanne d'Arc 1928, also played live at Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milano at film festival “I concerti del Chiostro” on 2008, and at 'Salle Cortot' in Paris played live from the flute orchestra “OFF”, conductor Pierre Ives Artaud on 2009.
Jackie Rowland, General Manager
Jackie started her career with Britannia Row Productions in 2007. In the post as HR Manager for 6 years, she was involved with all aspects of recruitment for Britannia Row. Jackie undertook other roles alongside this such as Marketing and PR and looking after the day to day update of the Britannia Row website. In 2014 Jackie moved across from Britannia Row Productions to become General Manager of Britannia Row Productions Training. The focus for Jackie in both her previous HR role and her role as General Manager of Training, is to help those who have a passion for the industry to get the career they really want.
Gavin Tempany is a highly experienced concert and recording sound engineer. Equally at home at Front of House, monitors and in the studio, he has vast experience in tour and production management all over the globe. Gavin is Australian, and has lived in London since 2007. He currently holds visas for the UK and USA. The length of employment by the artists he has worked with are testament to his easy to get along with attitude, hard work ethic, attention to detail, not to mention his sound mixing ability.
Recent Concert Experience
Missy Higgins - FOH, Tour and production management. 2007 - current Multiplatinum female artist, extensive touring through out the USA, Canada and Australia. Missy is one of Australia’s highest selling female artists.
Tim MInchin vs the Orchestra
FOH Australia March 2011
Mixed FOH sound for Tim Minchin Vs the Orchestra on 2 x Australian tours. 160 instrument input channels with 1 x comedian.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 40th Anniversary concert
FOH, Nov 2011
Mixed FOH and edited all playback material for this one off extravaganza. Performed in Sheik Zahed stadium in Abu Dhabi, this was one of the largest events in the UAE ever.
FOH, Tour and production management 2005 - 2010
Multiplatinum Australian rock/pop band. Extensive touring throughout the US, Europe and Australia. Developed a self contained portable in-ear monitoring system for the band, upgraded all backline and devised a multichannel backing track system.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)
Monitors August 2011 - Current
Mixed monitors for OMD through Europe
Monitors europe 2011, 2012
Alexander McQueen - mens collection
FOH/playback Jan 2013
Playback and event sound for this multi-room synchronised playback installation.
Britannia Row Productions
FOH, mons, recording, digital 2007 - Current
Freelance engineer for Britannia Row Productions. As well as an arena rock show or ten, Gavin has been involved with detailed large events including 3 x cruise liner launches, Aida Opera in Israel, Louis Vuitton shop launches, Comic relief and Rock Choir.
These New Puritans
FOH Europe 2010-2011
Mixed FOH for the “Hidden Live” shows. This is a 4-piece electro band with an orchestra and percussion.
Hot hot heat
FOH + tour management Australia. 2008, 2011
Mumford and Sons
live recording may 2010
FOH, tour and production management. europe 2010.
FOH, UK album launch 2010
FOH, tour and production management 2003 - 2006
Rock band fronted by Katy Steele (Brother of Sleepy Jackson Luke steele) Worldwide touring.
FOH 2004 Monitors 2006
2 x Australian tours for this Boston based punk rock band.
Marcel Van Limbeek
Marcel is the Warehouse Manager at Britannia Row. He has also been a freelance sound engineer with more than 25 years of experience, specializing in high quality sound for music. A background of of both professional studio engineer as well as a professional live sound engineer makes him very versatile.
He has been sound engineer for the artist Tori Amos since 1994. During this period he recorded, mixed and mastered 15 albums / DVD releases, 4 of which were Grammy nominated. The 2011 album “Night of Hunters” received a prestigious German “Echo” classical music award. He has also been Tori’s monitor engineer on 14 world tours.
In 1999 he was awarded the “Monitor Engineer of the Year Award” by the readers of Live! Magazine. In 1997 Marcel did the acoustic design for Martian Engineering, Tori’s recording studio in Cornwall, England. He is also Tori’s live broadcast engineer, having done live broadcast sound on many TV and radio shows across the globe. Through his association with Tori he has worked with some of the world's best musicians in many of the world's best studios.
In between projects for Tori Amos he has worked on various other artists' recordings as well as live shows and tours.
Since 2007 he has been a freelance lecturer, primarily teaching at London based Alchemea College of Audio Engineering where he taught in both live and studio sound. Marcel's enthusiasm for high quality audio, his understanding of audio engineering at a scientific level combined with extensive professional experience make him a popular lecturer with students.
Jerry is the Technical Head at Britannia Row Productions.
Prior to that Jerry's has been:
- A test technician for Nuclear Enterprises Reading involving testing, repair and calibration of production nucleonic based detectors for the MOD and private companies.
- Test and Production engineer for Merrychef Reading, microwave heating products
- FOH engineer and tech for Reading based band Big Sound
- Maintenance Engineer and second recording engineer for Britannia Row Recording Studios Ltd
- Proprietor of Wing Enterprises, a studio and live sound equipment maintenance company and custom equipment design
Shows Jerry has worked on include:
MTV,Brit Awards,Live 8,Barcelona Olympics and Hyde Park shows for many years running
Pete Kalopsioiotos (Pete the Greek)
Peter (the Greek) Kalopsidiotis started in the entertainment business as a musician in the pubs and clubs of West London at age 14. After leaving school he had a brief spell as a professional musician but soon found he preferred the other side of the mixing desk. After a spell doing sound in the same pubs and clubs in West London in the heyday of punk rock, his skills at changing guitar strings saw him transferred to doing back line. In reality in those days a roadie did a bit of everything including driving a 7.5t truck.
In the 80's he worked as a stage hand and on lighting crews, the latter of which led to two different roles. Rigging the points and being a lighting designer. Function took preference over art and so began a concentration on all aspects of rigging. This was interspersed with a bit of stage managing and a lot of non stop world tours.
After a stint as head rigger with U2, touring firstly arenas and then huge stadiums, Peter went back the pubs and clubs of West London as production manager for the then up and coming Jamiroquai. A role that he continued in for 10 years by which time they progressed to arenas and stadiums ! He continued as head rigger for U2 as well as production manager for Underworld until stopping touring in 2006. Since then he has run a small rigging company that services London venues and companies. He was one of the team instrumental in setting up the National Rigging Certificate and is a qualified assessor for the scheme. He has trained a s a lifting gear inspector and sits on the panel National Rigging Advisory Group. He enjoys training others to pass on the knowledge and experience that he has accrued in the past 35 years.
Rod is both a Monitor/FOH Engineer & Technician. Working his way from starting out as local crew and advancing through the ranks, he has been involved in the industry since 1997 and has a long list of Venue, Festival, Artist, Corporate and TV experience to draw from.
He has worked on many tours and shows both independently and on behalf of Britannia Row. These include amongst others, shows such as the MTV EMA's, Brit Awards, Hyde Park, Womad and Sonisphere festivals.
As someone who learnt through structured training himself, he is keen to pass on knowledge along with real world experience to others and sees the Britannia Row Productions Training course as a perfect opportunity for people to widen their knowledge whilst gaining hands on experience of equipment and procedures used in the professional environment.
Colin is a freelance Sound designer, Engineer and Project Manager with over 25 years experience in live sound.
Colin trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a resident Designer at The National Theatre for ten years. He is now a freelance Designer working in Theatre, live events and film. Last summer he Headed up the Sound Operating Team for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Recent projects include:
The Brit Awards 2015: Live Sound Designer
BBC Music Awards 2014: Live Sound Supervisor
MTV EMA’s 2014: Live Sound Supervisor
Great North Run 1 Millionth Runner Celebration: Audio Production Manager
Heading up the Live Operating Team for the 2012 Olympics,
‘Stage’ for the Diamond Jubilee Concert,
FOH / designer. BBC Planet Series Live Worldwide.
FOH. The Classic Brit Awards (Royal Albert Hall, last 6 years)
FOH. Radio 1 Teen Awards, Wembley Arena
FOH. Young Voices Arena Tour
FOH. Chime for Change Concert, Twickenham Stadium
NT Live, (Live broadcasts of National Theatre performances to Cinemas worldwide)
Recent Theatre Designs Include:
Derren Brown ‘ Svengali’ and ‘Enigma’ West End & Tour), The History Boys (National Theatre, West End, International Tour & Broadway), The Secret Garden (Edinburgh, Toronto), The Night Of The Iguana, Chess, The Witches Of Eastwick, The King and I, Jolson and Co, A Man for all Seasons, Oliver!, Imagine This, Closer, Treasure Island, Berlin Hanover Express, A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Taming of The Shrew, Fabulation, Strawberries in January, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Oliver!, Ragtime, DreamGirls, Anything Goes, The Full Monty, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Cabaret, Company and Les Misérables., Sweeny Todd.
For The National Theatre: , His Girl Friday, Troilus and Cressida, The Villains’ Opera, House and Garden, The Relapse, Honk! The Ugly Duckling, Mother Clap's Molly House, The Ramayana, Brassed Off, The Alchemist, Happy Birthday Brect, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The London Cuckolds. He was Associate Sound Designer for South Pacific, My Fair Lady, The Coast Of Utopia, and principal operator on Guys and Dolls, Lady in the Dark, Oklahoma! and Candide.
Live Music & Events: The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert, The Clasical Brit Awards, The Blue Planet & Planet Earth, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Herbie Hancock, Rolando Villaón, Jonas Kaufmann, Katherine Jenkins, Lang Lang, Marti Pellow, George Fenton, The LCO, LPO, RPO, BBC Concert, RCO, Manchester Camerata, Philharmonia, The Sydney, Bartok, Dallas, Seattle, Lithuanian State Orchestras and the Pope.
Films include: Stage Beauty, Alfie and Mrs Henderson Presents.
Christian is a freelance sound engineer with over 20 years experience working in the industry. Based in London, he is a FOH and monitor engineer, mixing live concerts, corporate and live broadcast events. Christian has toured extensively since 2003.
Before becoming a freelance engineer, Christian worked throughout the 90’s setting up sound systems as a volunteer for the charity Words of Peace Global.
Christian also worked as a guitar teacher, and a budding session guitarist. While in rehearsals and in the studio, he learnt a lot about mixing. Christian started pursuing a career in audio around 1998. He approached many live venues around London, and would often mix bands for free to get his foot in the door. He worked for a local PA company in 2000 that specialised in dance and live systems for high profile parties and fashion shows etc.
The director of the PA company and his clients were brought into Britannia Row’s fold in 2001, and as one of their main engineers, he began to work regularly for Britannia Row’s corporate clients, graduating to FOH and crew boss after a few years. This time at Britannia Row was invaluable for him, and gave him a firm foundation in the practices of live pro audio.
He has continued to work as a freelance engineer for Britannia Row and others when not touring and still works occasionally in London venues as house engineer.
Christian has lectured at The Central School of Speech and Drama, educating and coaching students on the topic of live sound engineering. He is a musician with his own studio, playing guitar and bass for over 30 years.He works on many projects from home, including re-mixing live concert recordings, dub-reggae mixes, and his own music projects.
He has worked with Britannia Row as FOH and/or Crew Chief on many corporate events including:
Evening Standard Theatre Awards
BAFTA Craft Awards
Kerrang Magazine awards,
Indian PM Modi live broadcast event,
Chinese New Year Celebrations Trafalgar Sq,
His touring career includes:
July 2015 – May 2018
Touring FOH engineer for UB40
Mar 2015 – Nov 2015
Touring FOH engineer for Gang of Four
Oct 2013 - Mar 2015
Touring FOH engineer for Warpaint
2010 – 2013
Touring FOH and recording engineer for Words of Peace Global events.
(The same company he had volunteered for in the 90’s)
-High-level production events with spoken word, video and live music.
-Audiences from 1k to 100k, taking place all over the world, filmed, recorded, or broadcast live.
2003 - 2010
Touring worldwide as FOH or Monitor engineer.
FOH: Kaiser Chiefs, Feist, Sia, Estelle, Mercury Rev, Broken Social Scene, Crystal Castles,
Monitors: Feist, Estelle, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA, Mr. Hudson, All We Are.
Touring FOH for Kaiser Chiefs
Lectured on Live Sound at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
Touring FOH Broken Social Scene
2001 - 2018
Freelance engineer for Britannia Row Productions UK.
Venue engineer for London Venues including;
The Astoria, The Forum, The Jazz Café, Ronnie Scott’s, The Roundhouse, O2 Academy Islington, Islington Assembly Halls and others
Fergus is a freelance FOH engineer, theatre production engineer and operator.
Having moved from Edinburgh to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2002, Fergus has enjoyed a varied career spanning the theatre, music and corporate sound worlds.
Live Events include:
Children In Need 2018 - FOH Engineer (Pres)
BTS EU and UK - RF Tech and Crew Chief
Fast and Furious Live - FOH engineer and Crew Cheif
Womad 2018 - FOH Engineer BBC Radio3 Stage
House Festival 2018/17 - FOH Engineer Main Stage
Roundhouse Various artists 2015 to 2018 - FOH Engineer
Creamfields - 2017 FOH Engineer Main Stage
Hans Zimmer Live 2017 - FOH Tech
NFL UK Games 2017 - System tech/Crew Chief
BBC Music Awards 2015 - FOH Engineer (Pres)
Rugby World Cup 2015 - System tech
On Blackheath 2015 - FOH Engineer
London Olympics 2012, Copper Box - FOH Engineer
Theatre Credits include:
Assembly Festival, Edinburgh 2016 - Head of Sound
National Theatre 2007 to 2013 - Senior Sound Engineer
DV8 John 2014 - Touring Sound Engineer
Michael Clark Company, 2008 to 2015 - Touring Sound engineer
Complicite Shunkin 2013, Touring Sound Engineer