London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios is hosting an “open house” event until Sunday, August 15th, as part of the celebrations for its 90th birthday.
Entitled ‘Abbey Road: Open House’, the event gives visitors the opportunity to explore all three of its hallowed recording rooms. The studio has famously been used by superstars such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Oasis Kanye West, Adele and Ed Sheeran to name but a few. As well as the recording booths, visitors will be able to enter the control rooms, including Studio Two Echo Chamber, which has existed in many formats since 1931.
The open house fully displays the vast array of in-house equipment the studio has at its disposal. This includes “the illustrious EMI TG MK3 recording console, used extensively on records since the late ’60s; the iconic ‘Mrs Mills’ piano used by artists throughout the studios’ history and made famous in the 1960s by artists including The Zombies, Russ Conway and The Beatles; the iconic REDD.17 mixing console, as well as gems like the BTR3 tape machine and recently acquired Mellotron.”
Isabel Garvey, Managing Director at Abbey Road Studios, said: “Celebrating 90 years of Abbey Road by inviting the public beyond the ‘no entry’ signs is a really 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 to our lives, in the very rooms where it was made.”
Jack Franklin, Head of Events 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 we’re all really excited about. With a project like this, the major challenge is selecting which bits of the story to tell – there is so much history here that editing it down to a 90-minute experience is all part of the fun of the job. I still remember the magic of stepping inside the building for the first time, so we want to give our guests that very same experience this summer.”
In addition to the popular music that the studios are famous for, the experience is an opportunity to learn about its long history involved in film scoring. Demonstrations will be held that highlight how some of the most iconic film scores were recorded there, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter franchise.
In other news, Mary McCartney, daughter of ex-Beatle Paul, is scheduled to film a new documentary about the legendary studios.
Listen to The Beatles ‘Come Together’, below.