3:30 p.m. April 22, 2021
The Abbey Road Institute – the educational arm of the famous St John’s Wood recording studio – is expanding and relocating to Angel Studios in Islington.
The Institute, which works with aspiring music producers as part of a one-year apprenticeship course, was founded in 2015 as a collaboration between Abbey Road and Universal Music Group.
It is now moving its base to Angel Studios on Upper Street. The Grade II listed building will be restored and the Institute will start using it from this summer.
Angel Studios, which had been used by people like Adele and J Hus in the past, closed in late 2019.
The recording facilities will be put back into service there and students of the Abbey Road Institute will be able to learn their trade alongside professionals as the studios will be available for hire.
Luca Barassi, Managing Director of the Abbey Road Institute, said: “Our first home and our first creation took place at Abbey Road Studios, where we were able to forge and define the close relationship between the training we provide and the reality daily from arguably, the world’s most acclaimed commercial studio.
“The move to Angel Studios provides many opportunities for our school, our students and our international Abbey Road Institute family, allowing us to begin our next chapter. “
He said the legacy and character of Angel Studios would help inspire the students.
This summer will also see the launch of a scholarship giving two black British students the chance to take the Abbey Road Institute course.
The Institute will still work at Abbey Road Studios, and Mike Sinnott, the Institute’s campus director, said: State-of-the-art facilities and experiences offered at both sites.
Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road, said: “I am delighted that we can ensure that another London recording studio can pursue its goal and thrive as a hub of creativity, providing a space dedicated to the next generation of engineers and producers.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in creativity over the past year, so we’re proud to take over the management of Angel’s commercial studio to ensure artists and composers have a quality space to record. “