Tim Hand Production is run by Tim Hand and Martin Wiggins
After gaining a music degree Tim has spent over 20 years working in the live music and events industry. He has worked across many different areas from marketing to production management, stage management and concert programming to international tour management, sound engineering and videography.
As a production manager he has worked on events across disciplines and genres including London Jazz Festival (Southbank Venues and Barbican), BT River of Music (musical pre-cursor to the 2012 Olympics, Somerset House Stage) as well as large-scale outdoor site specific art performances and exhibitions as part of major festivals including Brighton and Greenwich and Docklands.
During his time as a tour manager Tim worked regularly with many musical artists including Penguin Cafe, Michael Nyman, Max Richter and Kronos Quartet. This has included planning and running tours in the UK, Europe, Japan and Australia, from the Royal Albert Hall to basement clubs.
Sound engineering has taken him to many of the UK’s most well known venues including Royal Festival Hall, Jazz Café and Brighton Dome as well as venues in Europe. A freelance career developed into a sound hire company around 10 years ago, supplying a wide range of clients including London Jazz Festival and the City of London Corporation. Specialising in the amplification of contemporary acoustic music Tim has worked with artists across genres including folk, contemporary classical, jazz and world music. Most recently he was the sound designer for the Aurora Orchestra’s 2021 immersive surround sound performance of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony at Printworks, London.
Alongside his freelance career, for 15 years Tim worked for Oxford-based promoter Oxford Contemporary Music as producer and concert programmer, curating their cross-genre concert series as well as working on their artist development schemes and managing relationships with many other Oxford-based arts organisations and venues.
Early career experience in broadcast re-surfaced in 2020 when Tim expanded the sound hire business to include filming, live streaming and stills photography, serving clients which include Oxford University, Southampton University, Newbury Corn Exchange, Modern Art Oxford, PRS, Jazz South, London Jazz Festival and Nonclassical Records.
Tim has also designed and delivered bespoke courses on event production and amplification for a variety of organisations and individuals.
Whilst primarily an audio engineer and production manager, Martin’s background in musical and theatrical tours has given him experience in many other technical aspects of live events, including lighting, AV systems, rigging, scenery, power, logistics, crew management, and production and tour management.
Martin started his professional career in audio for national musical theatre tours. Working in over a hundred venues on a variety of productions, he has gained a wide understanding of audio system design, logistics, and problem solving.
After leaving the touring theatre industry, Martin worked for a selection of production companies as an audio engineer / head of audio and, later, as a production manager on a variety of projects including corporate events and conference work, temporary theatre installations, live music, and theatre in education. During this time he managed teams of crew, and co-ordinated between both creative and technical department heads on various productions, as well as continuing the audio department’s oversight and design work.
Martin has additionally worked as an audio engineer and tour manager for a variety of bands on both UK and European tours, and as a freelance audio engineer and production manager for a variety of clients including production companies, venues, and education establishments.Since leaving the touring circuit, Martin has managed and supplied all technical aspects to a variety of clients in Oxfordshire and the South-East, and today works as a production manager and audio engineer on various events for THP.
Martin has also taught various aspects of technical theatre at various further education establishments, and now leads workshops on various aspects of sound for both musical theatre and live music.