Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Returns For First Recording Session After Only Closure In 90 Years
For nearly 90 years, the doors to Abbey Road Studios have welcomed artists, composers, songwriters, producers, orchestras and engineers from across the globe – 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 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 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 were visible on large screens as they communicated with the engineers, Abbey Road team and musicians in London.