Music stars celebrate 90th anniversary of Abbey Road Studios


3:16 p.m. October 14, 2021

Island Records, Nile Rodgers and a host of music stars help mark Abbey Road Studios’ 90th anniversary.

The St John’s Wood monument opened on November 12, 1931 with a performance by Sir Edward Elgar of Land and Hope and Glory. As the world’s first purpose-built recording facility, EMI Studios hosted classic recordings by Thomas Beecham, Sir Malcolm Sargent and Paul Robeson, before welcoming dance and jazz greats like Glenn Miller and Joe Loss Orchestra.

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.
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In the 1950s and 1960s the new pop charts were dominated by artists who had recorded at Abbey Road, such as Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, Cilla Black and of course the Beatles. Over the years, it has continued to attract renowned artists, from Amy Winehouse to Adele, as well as hosting soundtrack recordings of major films.

Now owned by Universal Music, the venue marks its illustrious history with a two-day Abbey Road Amplify festival where the next generation of artists, engineers and creatives can enjoy free masterclasses, workshops and Q&A. with the main players in the industry.

Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studios (Photo: Jill Furmanovsky)

Nile Rodgers at Abbey Road Studios (Photo: Jill Furmanovsky)
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From November 11 to 12, the festival will see established names such as Nile Rodgers, Steve Mac and Tony Visconti offering career opportunities and advice to future talent who participated in a ballot for free tickets. Sessions include masterclasses of songwriting and production, how to get signed and how to become an engineer.

Studio II

Studio II at Abbey Road Studios
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The Studio Three concert hall hosts the red Abbey Road Games Room with the latest innovations in music technology and one-on-one mentoring by studio engineers – while the Pitchfork sessions in London will see growing musical talent record performances. demos.

Studio I

Abbey Road Studios Studio I Control Room
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Throughout the week of November 8 there will also be live shows and events including Tim Burgess’s Twitter Listening Party discussing The Fall’s Bend Sinister with Brix Smith, Steve Hanley and Simon Wolstencroft, Soundtracking podcast from ‘Edith Bowman and the Girls Twiddling Knobs podcast.

Brand and Communications Director Mark Robertson said: “As Abbey Road turns 90, our primary focus is on the future and on creating opportunities to inspire and inform the next generation of artists, songwriters, composers and producers. We have been fortunate to house 90 years of musical innovation and creativity within our walls. So, with friends in the industry, we share our knowledge and experience to help empower emerging talent early in their journey. “

Studio II at Abbey Road

Studio II in Abbey Road Studios
– Credit: Jan Klos

See the queue and participate in the ballot


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