Legendary Abbey Road Studios has reopened its doors after a 10-week shutdown. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis and countless other artist recording studios where classic albums reopened for business last Thursday, June 4th.
Melody Gardot is the lucky musician to secure the first recording session. Gardot was due to record in studios, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, before the cornvirus epidemic forced studios to close its doors in early March.
Gardot, who was unable to travel, joined away from Paris, along with longtime co-producer Larry Klein, who joined from LA Gardot, saying, “Knowing that we are having our first session since reopening at Abbey Road Studios is an absolute honor. I was told that until COVID-19 the studio had never been closed for business for almost 90 years of operation. “Even during World War II it remained open and the fact that we are recording the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, helping to engage the musical community in a way that is safe for all involved, seems like we are giving a touch of history,” he added. “
This session was reunited for the first time after the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was locked down.
Isabelle Garvey, managing director of Abbey Road Studios, said: “Music is proving to help us go through difficult times, provide escape and help our moods relax, so it’s never been more important than the current situation. At Abbey Road, we have new music during this time. We’ve seen the desire of the creative community to create and share their feelings, and we’ve received numerous requests from our clients to get their work back, so we’re thrilled to be able to set new standards for safe recording and reopening Abbey Road.
The Abbey Road team is working with friends across the studio network to implement UK Government guidelines and set new standards for recording and production under COVID-19. Staff are being careful with masked engineers and musicians wherever possible while practicing social distance in the studio to create the safest possible work environment.
Gardot’s new project will collaborate with orchestras around the world and was the first in a series planned to set up Royal Philharmonic to work, which will include recordings with Philharmonic in New York next week.