Acoustics & Liturgical Participation in Churches
There are a number of factors that affect church acoustics. The size of the hall, the furniture and general fabric of the space (walls and floors) and, most importantly, the uses of the hall all play a huge role in the way that sound behaves in the room. Churches are often at the centre of communities and, as well as being places of worship, also provide space for a number of activities ranging from yoga and exercise classes to meetings, fetes, music performances and plays.
Whilst it is very important that churches provide a peaceful worshipping environment, it’s also important that the space is acoustically comfortable for the other activities that take place there. Church design also needs to be sensitive to the age range of users, particularly older patrons who are often sensitive to poor acoustics.