Here's a guide to the kind of things to consider when planning to buy portable staging for a choir.
It probably goes without saying that you will have already considered apply for a grant to fund your platforms. Well the good news is we have already arranged a hefty discount for you at this end too!
As part of our Education, Arts and Leisure initiative you also qualify for the 37% discounted funding from our RRP prices. (visit the gallery)
There are a few things to consider when planning to buy a portable stage for choir use:
Modular staging is more economic using the biggest pieces available to create your area. Although this creates a trade off between transporatablilty and cost.
So with this in mind. Answer these questions and you'll be able to fine tune your requirements.
Will you be seated or stood on the deck platforms?
Seated - you need 1m deep decks
Stood - you need 0.5m deep decks
Do you have access to a van or will it be transported in members cars?
Van - go for the 2m long decks - these are more economic
Car - you'll need 1m long decks to fit in the cars
Will you use the floor as the front row?
How many members do you have?
In comfort you can seat 2 members per 1m long deck - but you can probably stand 2 to 2.5 members depending on whether they are moving about or not.
So for instance a 5m wide tier would seat 10 members, but may stand 12
Dont worry about weight - this is not an issue - Revostage accommodates up to 2 tonnes p/sqm
If you are using the front row on the floor then a typical 5m wide configuration with 3 tiers would easily fit 40 members.
What about heights?
Generally choirs want an even rake - so we suggest from the front row on the floor going to the first tier at 230mm then 430mm, 630mm and we also supply 830mm (4th level) and 1030mm (5th level) if required. We can make bespoke heights if necessary
So now you have a rectangular tiered config for your members. What if you require a curve or arc to the config?
No problem we supply wedges, these wedges are specifically designed to be placed in between rectangular decks to create a curve. The more wedges you add the more of a curve is created, fo balance we suggest adding an EVEN number of wedges for ODD width metres, and ODD number of wedges for EVEN width metres.
For instance if you have 5 x 1m wide tiers, you could add either 2 wedges or 4 wedges to keep the balance.
Lastly should we consider the back tier safety?
Handrails would be sensible for 1,2 or 3 foot high tiers. However if the back tier is against a wall and the members on the back tier are seated then simple chair stop plates should be used.
All decks and risers join together by the use of an allen key, and it takes 20 seconds to put one together, these are linked with the deck cleats to create a long tier, again using the allen key.
The tiers are fixed togther so they dont come apart using the step riser clamps, at intervals along the run of modules.
Putting up a portable stage of 3 tier x 5m wide system would take 2 people 15 minutes.
Please drop us a line to obtain an exact quote with your EAL funded discount applied.