Abbey Road Studios have welcomed artists, composers, songwriters, producers, orchestras and engineers from across the globe for the last 90 years – coming together to create music that has provided the soundtrack to our lives. But on Tuesday 24 March, the famous oak doors closed for the very first time, in line with the measures introduced by the UK Government to limit the spread of COVID-19.
After more than 10 weeks, the Abbey Road team is thrilled to return to the famous house in St John’s Wood, to welcome back the creative community for recording and mastering.
Re-opening the doors and making history as the first studio session, took place at 4pm on Thursday 4 June is Decca Records artist Melody Gardot. The world-renowned jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist was poised to record with the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when the COVID-19 restrictions came into place and the session was cancelled. She is thrilled the legendary Abbey Road Studios is able to create a safe environment for a full orchestra to record together within the social-distancing regulations. This will also be the RPO’s first reunion since the lockdown.
A truly international recording session, Melody joined remotely, from Paris, along with long-time collaborator, the multi-Grammy winning producer Larry Klein, who joined from LA, both communicating with the engineers, Abbey Road team and musicians in London throughout.
Bringing together groups of musicians in an enclosed space in the current environment provides a unique set of challenges, so the Abbey Road team has been working tirelessly with friends across the studios network to implement the UK Government guidelines and set the new standards for recording and production under COVID-19. With the safety and wellbeing of the Studios team and guests as the top priority, Abbey Road will have new operating guidelines that will allow for social distancing and create the safest possible working environment.
Abbey Road Studios’ Managing Director, Isabel Garvey, says: “Music is proven to help us get through difficult times, providing escape and easing our mood – so it’s never been more important than in the current circumstances. At Abbey Road, we’ve witnessed the creative community’s desire to create new music and communicate their feelings throughout this time, and we’ve received numerous requests from our clients to get back to work. So, we’re thrilled to have established new standards for safe recording and to re-open Abbey Road once more.”