Founded in 1999 by Nick Ratcliffe, Yes Events is an events production company that prides itself on being able to produce anything from a private party or a wedding to a corporate event or a rock concert. The Yes Events team manages all aspects of a production: developing initial concepts through to staging, crewing, tech management and execution of the events. As Ratcliffe maintains, “We never aim to be the cheapest but we always strive to be the best.”
With this in mind the team has invested in a new grandMA2 Light console and an MA Command Wing control console, which were purchased from Ambersphere Solutions. Tom Chennells, Director of Production for Yes Events, explains why they chose the MA kit: “The Command Wing and grandMA2 Light are our first investments in MA Lighting control. Both were chosen after a rigorous selection process, informed both by our knowledge of the industry and our predicted demand for these high-quality, industry standard consoles. We work with some of the industry’s best known and most talented lighting designers and their preference for MA equipment also strongly influences our buying decisions.’
‘Both the Command Wing and grandMA2 Light offer a greater ease of use and functionality than other lighting desks we work with. Our lighting designers are delighted with both the quality and features of the new desks.”
Thor André of Ambersphere Sales was the contact with Yes Events. “Thor came to visit us in our Wokingham premises armed with some great biscuits and an encyclopaedic knowledge of Ambersphere’s products to talk about MA Lighting and other items,” explains Chennells. “Right from our initial enquiry to delivery of the desks we have felt that we were dealing with people who really knew their stuff and the after-sales service has proved to be just as good. Ambersphere, and Thor in particular, have been fantastic.’
‘He’s also invited us to take part in an MA training session, which we will be booking for a number of our guys in the near future – probably after the Christmas rush. Our lighting team are already familiar with MA desks but we hope the training will be really helpful in revealing previously unknown facets of these great pieces of kit.”
In response to this endorsement, André had this to say: “We are very happy to welcome Yes Events as the latest member of the ever expanding MA family. I visited them and spoke at length with Tom to make sure that we found the right solution for them. Following our conversation, it took him less than a day before he placed the order. The combination of the grandMA2 Light and the Command Wing gives them a flexible system; the Command Wing can operate as a backup system for the Light, or they can both go out as individual systems, giving them the perfect solution to fit every budget.”
The Yes Events Ltd team already have plans for their new MA purchases: the Command Wing is due to go out at Christmas to do a couple of light installations. The grandMA2 Light will also be making its presence felt at various big productions over the festive season, starting with Christmas light switch-ons in town centres across the south of England.