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A walk down memory lane

In case you missed our very first blog post (which you can view here), inChoir are only days away from stepping inside perhaps the most iconic recording studio in the world: Abbey Road.

With our recording session on Sunday 1st November fast approaching, we thought it would be interesting to take a little walk through time and recall the “greats” who have recorded within those four walls.

Bought by The Gramophone Company - who amalgamated with Columbia Graphophone Company to form Electric and Musical Industries (EMI) - 'Abbey Road Studios' opened as 'EMI Studios' in 1931. There were several different sized studios to accommodate orchestras, choral works, instrumental soloists and singers. Sir Edward Elgar used the studios frequently in the early years, recording some of his most famous pieces there, including “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1”.

In 1939, the studios recorded the radio broadcast of King George VI's declaration of war against Germany (told in the Oscar-winning film 'The King's Speech').

Post-war, British music producers looked to the USA and saw the rise of a more 'poppy' sound that was also beginning to grip the UK. Deciding it wasn't enough to import and produce this music, British rivals were required. The focus shifted and British pop music came to dominate both the airwaves and a lot of the work at Abbey Road.

In the 1969, four moppy-haired musicians named John, Paul, George and Ringo walked single file on a London zebra-crossing and made one of the most iconic album covers of all time. The Beatles had been one of a number of bands that were scouted and EMI were considering signing. One night they recorded a demo session, they were signed and the rest – as they say – is history. Ninety percent of the group's recordings were made at Abbey Road.

At the end of 2009, the studio was under threat of sale to property developers. Fortunately, the British Government protected the site, granting it English Heritage Grade II listed status in 2010 and thereby preserving it from any major alterations.

It is possible to have a tour around Abbey Road Studios, but if you aren't able to do so, then click here for a virtual tour and marvel at the sheer size of the studios.

Needless to say, we are incredibly excited to be following in such grand footsteps and that our recording will be raising money for charity as well! Proceeds from our Christmas single will be going to Children in Need. The single will be available for download from iTunes; details to follow.

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