St Giles’ Parish Church Wrexham, North Wales

The Parish church of St Giles’ in Wrexham, North Wales, a Grade one listed building, is considered one of the finest examples of a medieval parish church in Wales. Built mainly between the end of the 15th and early part of the 16th Century the church annually welcomes around 33,000 visitors through its doors.

Unfortunately, the performance of the sound system longer met the church’s needs and in 2017 the Parochial church council engaged Richard King Systems to provide a scheme for improving the audio facilities.

With over thirty years’ experience of sound system design in places of worship Richard King Systems designed and installed a complete bespoke demonstration system at the church for evaluation purposes. The vast improvement in the sound reproduction was widely acknowledged and led to the church council approving the proposed scheme.

Following the necessary building works consent the installation equipment schedule included a pair of best in class column speakers in the Main Nave, plus three column speakers to act as delay infill in the Nave and the Royal Welsh Fusiliers North Chapel.

In terms of microphones, three professional quality wireless systems were specified including an antenna distribution system for first class wireless reception. A discrete professional gooseneck mic system was also specified for the lectern.

Digital signal processing is used to balance the frequency response of the system, configure delays and allow for scene changes. A controller allows simple switching of those scenes.

The original control mixer has been retained together with some auxiliary amplification.

The system also included the fabrication of bespoke loudspeaker bracketry with no new masonry holes being drilled.

Following completion Rev'd Dr Jason Bray, vicar, commented "The natural acoustic of the fine mediaeval Parish Church of St Giles has been significantly enhanced by the system installed by Richard King Systems, allowing us also the flexibility to isolate various parts of the building for particular purposes, extending their use for meetings and events as well as for the prime purpose of worship."