Acoustics in Religious Buildings

Religious buildings generally suffer from poor acoustics even though they are perceived as very quiet places.
Unfortunately, this is a myth as most of the activities in places of worship involve lots of people inside an enclosed hall or large room. Unlike most other rooms where the occupants are normally counted in 5 or 10 people at the most, religious buildings have occupants which can be up to a hundred !

This presents problems as religious buildings are normally built of solid hard robust materials. This is because such buildings have a working life of many years, often hundreds of years.

The use of solid hard materials leads to hard sound reflective internal finishes. Unlike most other buildings , even the benches and chairs are made from hard materials such as wood. The other problem in religious buildings is the very large volumes of the halls. This gives plenty of space for sound to resonate for long periods before dying out. Great for organ music but an impossible situation for trying to hear someone doing a speech or sermon !

Such buildings are increasingly being used for a host of activities and are becoming community hubs where people meet for a whole range of reasons as well as for religious worship. Common uses are elderly care meetings, children’s nurseries, drop in centres, scout and guides activities, coffee mornings, etc. Unfortunately, they are limited by poor acoustics in such halls when used for different functions.

Soundsorba are contacted regularly by religious bodies to help solve acoustic problems in their buildings. The problem of bad acoustics is not confined to the design of any one religions type of building.

Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Gurdawara’s and other places of worship have all come to Soundsorba for help to solve their acoustic problems.

Most such institutions have halls or meeting rooms which suffer from bad acoustics.

Using Wallsorba acoustic wall panels

Most halls have high walls and acoustic wall panels are normally the answer in the form of our Wallsorba fabric faced acoustic panels . These are available in a wide range of colours and are extremely popular as the main solution in such halls and rooms. They cover large sound reflective areas with soft sound absorptive panels which add decoration as well as solving the acoustics.

Wall Acoustic Panels in Religious Buildings


Using Cloudsorba suspended acoustic panels

Where there is no bare ceiling areas, the Cloudsorba suspended acoustic panels are an appropriate solution to deaden the reverberation in the hall. The height of the panels can be easily adjusted. The panels can be manufactured to different sizes and colours . The panels can be positioned between the light fittings hence avoiding any electrical alterations and costs.

Religious Building Acoutic Cloudsorba Panels

Using Echosorba stick on acoustic panels

In halls which have low ceilings , the application of Echosorba stick on acoustic panels is the ideal answer. These are only 30mm thick and very lightweight , therefore they do not impose any significant weight loading to the existing ceilings. The D.I.Y fitting keeps the installation cost down to the minimum. Being pre decorated in white colour, no additional decorative work is required. However, these panels can be painted with matt emulsion paint without any significant effect on the sound absorption performance.

Religious Building Acoustic Panels for Sound Absorption

Using Woodsorba timber acoustic panels

Halls which have extensive existing timber panelling may need similar visual acoustic treatment. This is provided by fitting the Woodsorba timber acoustic panels which complement such high class aesthetics as they are manufactured from wood and veneered by real wood in a range of finishes such as oak, ash, mahogany, beech, etc. These timber panels can be used on ceilings and walls.

Wood Acoustic Panels for Religious Building

Using Toughsorba acoustic panels

Where cost effective but robust acoustic panels are required, then the Toughsorba acoustic panels are idea. These offer an unlimited range of colours along with high acoustic absorption. They are simple to fix and can be used on high level walls and ceiling surfaces. Can be used where ball games may be played.

A few of the many religious institutions which have successfully used Soundsorba acoustic panels to solve their acoustic problems are :-

  • West London Synagogue – London
  • St Pancreas Church – Lewes
  • Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdawara – London
  • Wycombe Mosque – High Wycombe
  • The Kings Centre – Chessington
  • St Marys Church – Berkhamstead
  • Seaford Baptist Church- Seaford
  • Hospice of the Good Shepherd – Chester
  • Woodside Church – Bedford
  • The Christian Centre – Writtle
  • Methodist Church – Edinburgh
  • Colweel Baptist Church – Isle of Wight
  • All Saints Hall Church – Didcot
  • King Solomon Jewish School – London
  • St Andrews Church- High
  • St Lukes Church – Watford

Soundsorba will be pleased to help solve your acoustic problems in your Religious building.
Contact us for free technical advice at or on 01494 536888.

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