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Listening is remarkably important if you are running an audio design and rental company. It extends far beyond casting an opinion over the performance of a new speaker cabinet or deciding which processor to buy next, as it is listening to the client that is the single most important factor…

At ROSSCO, we pride ourselves on listening very carefully to you, the client, to make absolutely sure that we understand the parameters of your requirement. Only then will we offer a system design proposal. It will be cost effective, fit for the purpose, and comprise only of very high quality equipment.

On top of this it will be manned by versatile, cooperative crew and talented technicians for whom `listening` is away of life, as you will see…

Ross Sharples
Function: System Designer / Specifier / Engineer / Operator Ross Sharples (pic)
Age: 43
Languages: English / Spanish
As a professional musician working with Fisher Z, Walk on Fire, David knopfler and more recently the Blues Agents, Ross has performed in more than 2000 shows worldwide over the last 15 years and experienced sound systems of all sizes and types from two crucial stand-points. The stage as a performer and the auditorium as a system operator.

“I have learned my trade from my ears. So many `engineers` and operators do not actually appear to listen… it`s as if knowing how a piece of technical equipment works buys them licence to ignore other peoples requests…most bizarre!”


Tom Whitbread
Function: Sound Designer and Systems Engineer Ross Portway
Age: 28
Languages: English / German / French
Ross works on a regular basis with Rossco, sharing his breadth of knowledge and experience in helping to create ingenious and cost effective solutions to our more complex contracts.

With his theatre background and purist audio principals, he helps to keep our quality and service levels up and our prices down.

As a concert systems/FOH engineer Ross has worked with artists such as Shirley Bassey, Ruben Studdard, Operababes, Harry Connick Jnr, Jon Bon Jovi, Beyonce, Elvis Costello and many more.

Recent UK theatre credits include Production Sound Engineer Batboy – the musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and London ’s Shaftesbury theatre, Production Sound Engineer Kiss me Kate UK tour, Production Sound Engineer Beauty and the Beast UK tour, Production Sound Engineer Seven Brides for Seven Brothers forthcoming UK tour.

He has worked extensively on system design and operation in contracts with the Disney Magic, Princess Cruise Lines and more recently the prestigious Queen Mary II onboard which he was ‘Head of Sound’ and responsible for over 70 networked systems.


francois pare
Function: Chief Engineer francios pare (pic)
Age: 36
Languages: English
Mark (`Donny`) successfully completed a Diploma course and Production Certificate at SAE in London prior to working at Rossco Ltd from 1999 to 2003. During this period Mark helped to establish the reputation of the firm as being approachable and competent, and worked on all of the major projects.

In November 2003 Mark took the unique opportunity to assist in the fitting and operation of the sound systems on board the Prestigious Queen Mary II for her inaugural voyage. Completing his time on board as `Head of Sound`, he has worked with artists ranging from Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett and Carly Simon, to live interviews with comedian John Cleese, and authors PD James and Dick Francis.

Well versed in the best digital audio products and with yet more invaluable experience to his name, Rossco welcomes Mark back as Chief Engineer.


Tom Whitbread
Function: Engineer / Crew Tom Whitbread
Age: 22
Languages: English
A graduate of Leeds College of music, Tom has been learning his trade at Rossco for four years and has worked on a wide variety of high profile events. In the past twelve months he has `taken the helm` on several occasions engineering bands and monitor mixing.


Ross MacDougall
Function: Production Services technician Ross MacDougall
Age: 23
Languages: English
Fresh from Derby University having successfully completed a degree in Music Technology and Audio System design, Ross currently satisfies a variety of roles including preparation, testing, installation and operation.


Ross MacDougall
Function: Warehouse Manager Ross MacDougall
Age: 22
Languages: English
A graduate of Hull University, (BA (Hons) Creative Music Technology)

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