Aug 11 2021
London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios is holding an ‘open house’ event until Sunday August 15, as part of its 90th anniversary celebrations.
Entitled “Abbey Road: Open House”, the event gives visitors the opportunity to explore its three sacred recording rooms. The studio has been used by superstars such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Oasis Kanye West, Adele and Ed Sheeran to name a few. In addition to the recording booths, visitors will be able to access the control rooms, including the Studio Two Echo Chamber, which has existed in many formats since 1931.
The open house fully shows the wide range of internal equipment that the studio has at its disposal. This includes “the illustrious EMI TG MK3 recording console, widely used on records since the late 1960s; the iconic ‘Mrs Mills’ piano used by artists throughout the history of the studios and made famous in the 1960s by artists such as The Zombies, Russ Conway and The Beatles; the iconic REDD.17 mixer, as well as gems like the recently acquired BTR3 and Mellotron tape recorder.
Isabel Garvey, General Manager of Abbey Road Studios, said: “Celebrating 90 years of Abbey Road by inviting the public past no-entry signs is a truly exciting way for us to share the magic of 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 they were created. “
Jack Franklin, Events Manager at Abbey Road Studios, also 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. thing we’re all really excited about. In regards to. With a project like this, the major challenge is selecting which parts of the story to tell – there’s so much history here that reducing it to a 90-minute experience is part of the fun of the job. I still remember the magic of entering the building for the first time, so we want to give our customers the same experience this summer. “
In addition to the popular music for which the studios are famous, the experience is an opportunity to discover its long history of film music. Demonstrations will be organized to show how some of the most iconic film scores were recorded there, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry potter franchise.
In addition, Mary McCartney, daughter of ex-Beatle Paul, is expected to shoot a new documentary on the legendary studios.
Listen to The Beatles’ “Come Together” below.