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Abbey Road Institute to take up new home in Angel Studios

By | Published on Wednesday 14 April 2021

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Abbey Road Studios’ education division, the Abbey Road Institute, has announced that it is expanding and moving out of its current home within its namesake’s building and into the defunct Angel Studios in Islington.

Angel Studios closed last year after 40 years in operation, having been used by artists including Adele, Sam Smith, The Cure, One Direction and Robbie Williams. It was expected that the building would be converted into flats, but instead it will now be fully restored and kept in operation as a recording studio.

Moving into its new home will allow the Abbey Road Institute to work with more emerging producers and engineers – who will also still have access to a dedicated studio at the Abbey Road complex itself. It will also keep a studio in Angel available for recording artists to hire – providing both a source of income and ensuring that students continue to experience being around a working studio.

“Our first home and inception have been at Abbey Road Studios, where we have been able to forge and define the strong relationship between the training we provide and the day to day reality of, arguably, the world’s most acclaimed commercial studio”, says Luca Barassi, CEO of Abbey Road Institute.

“The move into Angel Studios brings many possibilities for our school, our students and our international Abbey Road Institute family, enabling us to start our next chapter”, he goes on. “The history and relevance of Angel, and the impressive studio space and building full of character, will all play a part in the next stage of Abbey Road Institute’s evolution”.

Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios, adds: “2021 marks 90 years of Abbey Road Studios and 90 years of incredible music, artistry and legacy, which continues to be created every day inside our studios”.

“I am THRILLED”, she continues, “that we can ensure a fellow London recording studio can continue its purpose and thrive as a hub of creativity, providing a dedicated space for the next generation of engineers and producers. We’ve seen a huge increase in creativity over the last year, so are proud to take on the management of the commercial studio at Angel to ensure artists and composers have more quality space in which to record”.

The new Angel Studios complex is set to open this summer.