"Sound Control" to carry out professional audio recording of finalists' performances

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Founded in 1975 by John and Alexandra Connolly, Sound Control is an electronics engineering company specialising in professional audio and lighting equipment installation, based in Hillsborough, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

Undertaking design and installation of many facilities including recording studios, audio visual installations, multimedia exhibition displays, PA systems and theatre lighting, for many types of buildings including public buildings, churches, museums, sports arenas, and schools, Sound Control has more than 30 years worth of build and servicing experience specialising in quality repair and restoration of professional audio equipment by manufacturers such as Klark-Teknik, Neumann, AKG, Telefunken, Scheops, Calrec,  Fairchild, Universal Audio, UREI, API, RCA, Drawmer, Audix, Soundcraft, Tascam, Allen & Heath, Midas, Yamaha and many others.

Their expertise includes mixing consoles of any format and size, power amplifiers, recording equipment, processing and effects equipment, instrument amps, loudspeakers and microphones.

"We are very grateful to Sound Control for providing us with their expertise for our first Open Piano Competition. Being able to listen back to professional audio recordings of the finalists' performances is invaluable to us for the future growth and development of the competition, not to mention for the finalists themselves, to be able to assess and critique", commented Marco Nannini, OPC director.

John Connolly, owner and managing director of Sound Control, is Ella's father, making this collaboration between Sound Control and the Open Piano Competition a very special one for the competition's first edition. Ella comments: "I am just thrilled that my father is available to travel over from Northern Ireland to London to record this event for us. He has been an aficionado of classical piano music all his life, so I just hope that he will be able to enjoy all of the performances at the same time as recording them!"