Our Cancellation PolicyIndividual dates:
We accept that there might be times when you will need to cancel us. Historically we have never charged a cancellation fee as we understand there can be many factors forcing cancellation such as illness, budgetary shortages or other situations within the venue. This works both ways as, on rare occasions, we may have to cancel for personal reasons.
We rely on active input from staff when entertaining in Care Homes as without such social interaction our performances are less than they could be for the audience. We have no way of knowing which residents can stand, dance unaided or have any existing medical conditions etc..
With audience personal safety and enjoyment in mind, we regularly review all our venues and reserve the right to cancel specific venues at our discretion. This is very rare and will always be done with prior notice and our reasons will be fully explained.
Our equipmentThe Care Home kit we normally carry contains spares of everything so if anything fails we have the resilience to continue performing and, being totally self-contained, we do not require an external power supply for any indoor Care Home venue.Our equipment has changed dramatically since the start of Covid-19 and with regard to Infection Control please do not ask to use Cosmic Sparkle's dedicated microphone. We do carry other sanitized Shure microphones which can be installed and used for audience participation if required but please ask beforehand. Vocals:
Cosmic Sparkle has four dedicated microphones and two different vocal processor setups:
(1) Shure beta 58A super cardioid digital microphone wirelessly linked to a vocal processor which is then connected to her main speaker system.
(2) Sennheiser E935 dynamic microphone wirelessly linked to a vocal processor which is then connected to her main speaker system.
(3) Shure beta 58A super cardioid digital microphone, wirelessly linked via Shure GLXD4 receiver to a vocal processor which is then connected to her main speaker system.
(4) Line 6 THH12 dynamic digital microphone linked via Line 6 XD-V55 which is then connected to her main speaker system.
We carry two different wireless links. A Boss WL-30XLR system and an Alto Professional Stealth system.
The two vocal processors are a Boss VE-5 Vocal Performer or a TC HELICON Voicelive Touch. They have different harmonising abilities so are selected according to the set-list, venue and audience.
The GLXD4 receiver and TC HELICON Voicelive Touch are usually mains powered but we carry a portable battery pack which is used to power them.
She also uses a Bose S1 Pro as a floor monitor system if there is room in the venue.
We will also, from time to time, record entire audio of performances directly from the PA system for future practice and improvement purposes and some of these recordings may be freely available on our SoundCloud platform at a later date. (no audience involvement or video is recorded)Backing:
For most Care Homes we are now fully portable using battery operated equipment including LD MAUI 5 GO 100 or Bose S1 Pro speakers so we do not require access to power sockets.
For large venues we use an LD Maui 28 G2 speaker or a twin LD Maui 5 speaker array, both of which would require an external power supply.
For even larger (stage) venues we have a full P.A. sound system based around a matched pair of Alto Black 2400 watt speakers and an Allen & Heath ZED12FX mixing desk.
We also have two bass sub cabinets and three Alto stage monitors for the very large venues but hardly ever need any of these, even outdoors.
Feedback can be automatically prevented using a Shark FBQ100 and live performance recordings can be made using a Samson S-Com Plus Stereo Compressor/Limiter and a Cymatic Audio LR-16 recorder.
Lighting (mostly used only in darker months or rooms) can vary from a reactive LED Table Star Cloth, simple glowing pin-lights and/or LED mushroom effect to a full-on 300 metre 3D RGB Laser and everything in between, including performer stage lighting and a 3m x 2m fully reactive LED stage backcloth.
NOTE: We will not use any strobe or laser lighting effects if advised that any member of the audience suffers from photosensitive epilepsy, and LED spotlights or lasers (if used) will never be directed into the audience.