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St Andrew's & St George's West

Black Light has designed and installed an innovative, high-quality audio-visual system for one of Edinburgh’s most historic churches.

The system, which features Tannoy Loudspeakers and two long-throw projectors, was installed in the church of St Andrew’s and St George’s West. It highlights our expertise at working in architecturally important buildings and our skill at using the latest technology to provide cost-effective solutions that exceed client expectations.

Service Type: Installation
Sector: House of Worship
Completion: February 2013
Location: Edinburgh
Client: St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church
Equipment list:
  • QSC Q-SYS control System
  • Tannoy Q-Flex24 Loudspeakers
  • Tannoy Di5A Loudspeakers
  • Panasonic long-throw projectors
  • Video switching system
  • Sennheiser radio microphones
  • Shure Microflex lectern microphones
The Project

The historic church of St Andrew’s and St George’s West, was built in the 1780s and was the first centre of Christian worship in Edinburgh’s New Town. To meet the demands of today’s congregations, and move its worship forward, the church required a new audio-visual system. The key requirements for the project were exceptional performance, full control flexibility and ease of use.

Black Light’s Response

We were involved in this project from the outset and worked closely with the church’s project action group, its consulting engineers and its architect. Our installation team listened carefully to their needs, gained an in-depth understanding of the vision for the project and then reviewed the site layout. Using the information gained through our consultation process, we designed and developed an innovative solution using state-of-the-art technology to address all key performance and control issues.

The Solution

Our solution features the following key technologies:
  • Tannoy Q-Flex loudspeakers were specified to take advantage of their beam-steering technology. This accurately directs sound output to where it is needed. The set-up also directs sound away from the Church’s stage area and hard reflective surfaces, so minimising any issues that might affect sound quality.
  • The QSC flagship control system ‘Q-SYS’ was used to provide an intuitive and highly versatile front-end to the installation.

The new system can function in either automatic mode, manual mode or a combination of the two. Control and monitoring of the entire system can be carried out wirelessly via IOS device or networked PC’s.

Key challenges
  • Specifying the remit set out by the client.
  • The need for multi-level control functionality – ‘automatic’ through to ‘detailed’.
  • The challenging acoustic environment of the church.
  • The limited number of potential speaker locations in the church.
  • The client’s need for exceptional quality and reliability.


This design not only met with the remit but exceeded it in many ways. Crucially, all project aspects were kept within a tightly controlled budget. The client is very happy with the installation.

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