Abbey Road Studios opens its doors to the public

Have you ever dreamed of peeking inside the world’s most famous recording studio? How about taking a look at some of the classic kits used by some of the most famous musicians in history? Well, now you can, as Abbey Road Studios is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Official information

As part of their 80th anniversary celebrations, on March 10, Abbey Road Studios will open their doors to the public for a unique experience.

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Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, authors of the critically acclaimed definitive book “Recording the Beatles”, will give an insightful and very enjoyable presentation, especially for the anniversary event.

“Recording The Beatles” has received huge praise from Abbey Road Studios alumni including Alan Parsons, Norman Smith, Ken Townsend and John Kurlander, whose engineering/production resumes include The Beatles, Hollies, Pink Floyd, Pretty Things and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy between them.

Kehew and Ryan’s talk on 80 years of recording at Abbey Road Studios will explore the studio’s decades of landmark recordings, celebrating the technology and sonic creativity that led to period music by famous artists.

With over 20 years of research into EMI’s history, Ryan and Kehew have uncovered many studio secrets and worked with Abbey Road Studios to preserve and illuminate the studios immense history.

Much more than a lecture, the presentation will cover the history of Abbey Road Studios with rare archival photos, film and audio, showing changes to the studio and equipment. It will illustrate the long progression of Abbey Road Studios through all kinds of music, from classical to rock, and the methods used to record in each style/period.

Recordings covered will include Sir Edward Elgar, The Shadows, Peter Sellers, Helen Shapiro, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, The Zombies, the Swingin’ Blue Jeans and Kate Bush. Magical film scores captured over the years, including ‘Star Wars’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The King’s Speech’ will also be explored.

  • Visit the legendary Studio Two at Abbey Road Studios – home to iconic recordings by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush
  • Fascinating lectures at Abbey Road Studios by the authors of the acclaimed ‘Recording the Beatles’
  • Rare and previously unseen photographs, films and recordings from the archives of EMI and Abbey Road Studios
  • Exhibition of vintage photos and recording equipment – get an up-close look at some of the instruments, microphones and studio equipment used to create classic recordings

Original vintage equipment from Abbey Road Studios will also be on display, including some of the instruments, microphones and studio gear used to create classic tracks. Visitors will be allowed early entry with time to explore and take photos in the famed Studio Two, where top artists like The Beatles, Oasis, The Hollies, The Shadows, Pink Floyd and Kate Bush have recorded landmark music . More recently, Elbow recorded their theme for the 2012 Olympics there and amazing artists like Ryan Adams, Laura Marling and Feist have performed for the global TV show ‘Live From Abbey Road’.

Brian Kehew, co-author of “Recording The Beatles”, is a record producer, sound engineer and musician. He has worked with The Who, Fiona Apple, Air, Rod Stewart, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin and Black Sabbath.

Kevin Ryan, co-writer of ‘Recording the Beatles’ is a Houston-based producer, arranger and songwriter. He is also a talented graphic designer and videographer.

Tickets on sale from Wednesday 4 January 2012 / £75 /

Session 1:10:00 a.m.

Session 2: 15:00

Abbey Road Studios, 3 Abbey Road, London, NW8 9AY

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