so what is Hermon Arts about...
Hermon Arts is based in a former Welsh congregational chapel in Oswestry. Our desire is to provide both a high quality setting for performance art, and arts education. Be that music, theatre, or spoken word. We have an intimate seated venue for audiences up to 110 people, and are enviably well equiped for our size. We put on events, hire out space, provide technical know how and generally enable people to present their art.
The folks at Hermon Arts bring together a diverse mix of more than 80 years combined experience of stage, lighting and sound engineering, local knowledge and contacts and a passion for live performance art.
Originally trained as an electronics engineer Jason has had an ecclectic career. He has worked in electronics, acoustics, fluid dynamics, and construction. Jason has over 36 years experience in live sound, stage management and artist liason.
A few years ago Jason met Dan, a very talented drummer and AV technician. Dan has also worked at Smokehouse Studios in London with the likes of The Black Eyed Peas, Brand New Heavies and Lulu. Dan and Jason both worked as freelance sound engineers and hired out their own equipment for local events. Eventually Dan and Jason teamed up, pooled their resources, and formed Affine Resourcing. A company providing sound, lighting, staging, drape, etc. As well as their own production and engineering skills.
A little while later Jason met Rosie, a long time local Oswestrian. When the previous tenants of Hermon Chapel moved on to new ventures just before Covid hit, Jason and Rosie teamed up and took over the lease on the building. Hermon Arts was formed with a vision to diversify the programme offering and step-up the quality of both content and delivery. The lockdown enforced extended closure enabled us to significantly improve the facilities that Hermon has to offer. New staging, new PA, new lighting, new theatre drapes, and general redecoration. The former managers flat was changed to business use and adapted to create hireable rehearsal, teaching, recording and live streaming rooms.
Jason's business partner Dan has been instrumental in helping make these changes happen. A can-do sort of guy who has committed lots of his time helping with rigging, cabling, working the bar, and a lot of cleaning! As well as being a great sounding board for working through the details of operating a venue.
In February 2023 Dan, Jason, and Richard (the 3rd director of Affine and sometimes Hermon compere) agreed to merge Hermon Arts with Affine Resourcing. So now 'Hermon Arts' is a trading identity of Affine Resourcing Limited. This has made us a lot more cost effective to operate.