Abbey Road Studios open for summer tours



Abbey Road Studios offers a rare glimpse of its famous gates as part of the ongoing 90th anniversary celebrations.

From August 9 to 15, the “Open House” tours offer the chance to see the three original recording studios where Shirley Bassey, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis, Kanye West, Adele and Ed Sheeran created their hits.

From learning about the stories that made St John’s Wood Studios so iconic to visiting the Control Rooms and Studio Two Echo Chamber, visitors will learn about the building’s rich history, which dates back to its opening as a music studio. classic in 1931.

The exhibition features photographs, films and objects that have shaped the history of music, including tape recorders, recording and mixing consoles, and instruments such as the Mrs Mills piano used by the Beatles. All the equipment is still in use today and this is one of the reasons the studios continue to be chosen by the best artists, producers and composers.

George Harrison of The Beatles at Abbey Road for his 21st birthday
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The studios’ legacy of innovation is also explored, from patenting stereo to inventing numerous recording techniques, to the rich history of film music for some of the greatest films ever made, including Les Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, Marvel and Star Wars.

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General Manager Isabel Garvey said: “Celebrating 90 years of Abbey Road by inviting the public past the no-entry signs is an exciting way for us to share the magic of the building. Abbey Road: Open House is a rare and fascinating opportunity to discover the stories behind some of the greatest music that has been the soundtrack of our lives, in the very rooms where it was created.

Sir Edward Elgar at the opening ceremony of Abbey Road Studios, November 12, 1931. He is pictured

Sir Edward Elgar at the opening ceremony of Abbey Road Studios, November 12, 1931. He is pictured with the London Symphony Orchestra at Studio One.
– Credit: Archant

Jack Franklin, Events Manager at Abbey Road Studios, added: “As a working studio the doors to Abbey Road are normally closed, so being able to share a rare glimpse inside our very special building is something. that excites us all. With a project like this, the major challenge is selecting which parts of the story to tell – there is so much history that reducing it to a 90-minute experience is part of the fun. I still remember the magic of stepping inside the building for the first time and we want to give customers the same experience.

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