Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning Sound Engineer, Toby Alington, is best known for his long-standing work of sound mixing and recording of The BRIT Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. He owns Richmond Studios Productions Ltd (RSP), which specialises in video production and soundtracks, and is based in Church Street, Twickenham.
For the 19th year running, Toby recorded and mixed the music for the live-to-air show of The BRIT Awards 2013, which was broadcast live on ITV, on Wednesday 20th February from the O2 Arena in Greenwich. The show had the best overnight ratings since 2003, peaking at 7.5 million viewers.
Seven of Toby’s live mixes went straight to iTunes for distribution. Kylie’s Musical Director, Steve Anderson, commented,
“Loved all of the performances at the Brits which I think is a first - standouts for me were Muse, JT and Taylor - congrats all who worked on it especially Toby Alington who made it sound glorious, huge, expensive, beautiful and effortless all at the same time. Nobody does it better.”
Toby and the RSP team also worked on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert, solo concerts for Adele and Emeli Sandé, and the James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
This February, Toby is setting his sights on a more local project, directing and producing a short film for the Twickenham Alive Film Festival.
Having produced soundtracks for movies and television for thirty years, this is Toby’s first shot at turning his televisual skills to film production and he is entering the competition with the utmost enthusiasm.
“We’re surrounded by history and beautiful scenery in Twickenham, and for a long time I’ve wanted to find an opportunity to make shoot something fictional around Church Street, the riverside and York House Gardens. The Film Festival was a perfect excuse to write and direct a short story to fit the surroundings, and the entire cast and crew are joining in for free to make this a rather special film.
It has been a lot of fun so far, but a fair amount of pressure as we’re working entirely with people who have little experience of film-making. The local businesses in Church Street have been incredibly supportive, and there will be a long list of thanks in the credits for such a short film!”
Working alongside Toby is his long-term production partner and Director of Photography, Jonathan Potts (Grinlor Productions, Church Street), whose output includes high-end brand promotional films and adverts.
Toby adds, “I’m delighted that Twickenham Alive has come up with this great idea for a community-based Film Festival. I am sure there will be an eclectic range of submissions of all types of films to reflect our wonderful town and surroundings. And of course, I’m not going to pretend we’re not in it to win!”
Entries for the Twickenham Alive Film Festival close on 1st March 2013, and the awards will be presented on 26th April.
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