We’re proud of our dedicated, professional and highly experienced team of tutors, led by Programme Director, Carlos Lellis. We hand pick experts and professionals from the industry. They bring to the course a wide range of different skills and expertise, supporting the breadth of learning our students graduate with.
Alongside our core team of regular lecturers, we invite in specialists who have worked with musicians and artists of all genres from the likes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Rihanna, Little Simz, Will.I.Am, Sia and Alicia Keys to Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Bonobo, De La Soul to London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and many, many more.
Our team of industry experts and visiting lecturers include multiple Grammy, Mercury Music Prize and Oscar winners.
Programme Director, Engineer and Author
Carlos Lellis is Programme Director for our Advanced Diploma in Music Production & Sound Engineering in London. He works closely with the team at Abbey Road Studios to design and implement the course curriculum. Carlos is highly experienced and brings a wealth of industry and education experience to the Institute. He has worked as an engineer, academic and is also a published author. He holds an MA in Creative Media and a diploma Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music.
Alongside working in education Carlos is an active engineer and producer, whose credits include artists such as The Navarra String Quartet, the BBC Elstree Concert Band, and Grammy Award winners Sir John Tavener and Thomas Dybdahl amongst many others. Prior to joining Abbey Road Institute Carlos was the course leader of an Audio Production undergraduate programme, overseeing the studies of over three hundred students each annually. Some of his past students include recipients of Oscar, Grammy and Mercury Music Prize Awards.
Lecturer, musician & music producer
Jason O’Bryan is a record producer and bassist from London. He was a member of the Dub Pistols for over a decade and worked on the Grammy Award nominated soundtrack of Alfonso Cuarón‘s’ film ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ with the band Molotov in Mexico City. Other notable credits include; composing and engineering music for the ‘Blade 2’ soundtrack with Busta Rhymes. Jason’s music was used in promotional trailers for the Austin Powers movie ‘International Man of Mystery’ and was also featured in the Ben Stiller movies ‘Mystery Men’ and ‘Zoolander’.
As a remix engineer Jason has worked with a diverse range of artists including Scissor Sisters, Moby, Ian Brown, Natalie Imbruglia, Lily Allen, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Bush & Sly & Robbie, he has released output on various labels including Geffen, Def Jam, PWL and R&S.
Jason is an important member of the academic team and regularly lectures on the Advanced Diploma. He is also a certified Pro Tools and Logic X instructor. Jason teaches subjects across the syllabus but specialises in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Melodyne and iZotope. He recently recorded in Studio One at Abbey Road Studios with our students and a guest 65 piece symphony orchestra.
Find out more about Jason in his interview on our blog.
Music business lecturer
Ian Ramage started his music career in manufacturing & production, before finding his way into the business proper from a pressing plant into Polydor records. He progressed through product management and marketing roles to Director of Marketing at EMI, working with Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Diana Ross, to mention just a few.
He then made the move to publishing A&R, enjoying 12 years at BMG, then a further 2 at Sony ATV, working with a broad spectrum of artists and writers including; Coldplay, Keane, Richard Hawley, Neil Hannon, Feist, Elvis Costello, The Cure.
Learn more about Ian in his interview on our blog.
Sound engineer, grammy winner & guest lecturer
John regularly guest lectures on our Advanced Diploma, bringing a wealth of experience
and expertise to our students. His background in the recording industry is extensive and
his reputation is legendary.
John had previously engineered at Decca for some thirty years, also ten years for EMI Classics and is well known for his attention to detail and no compromise approach to work, ensuring recordings of the highest standard. His greatest successes were establishing such high and consistent standards for recordings made with both the Montreal Symphony and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras over a period of some twenty years.
The number of discs he has worked on is well over one thousand, including some sixty operas. Film credits include his work with Stanley Kubrick.
John’s excellence has been underlined with numerous awards over the years, including The Gramophone, Edison, Echo, Prix Italia, Japan Academy, Classical Brits, Prix Caecilia, Liszt Academy, Grand Prix du Disque, Stereo Review Record of the Year, Juno and numerous Grammys.
Pete Dowsett is a British audio engineer and has worked in many facets of the music industry, including studio engineering, mixing, mastering and live sound. Pete considers rock production and drum engineering to be his specialities.
He has worked at some of the most well known studios in the UK, including Metropolis, where he has worked with major artists such as: Pharrell, Snoop, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Kiwanuka. Since going freelance Pete has been working at various studios whilst setting up his own studio in Harrow. He has also been engineering for prestigious songwriter/producer Tom Nichols (Kylie Minogue, All Saints, Sugababes).
As a live sound engineer Pete has toured with Twisted Wheel, Ugly Kid Joe and Fozzy playing all the major festivals. As a in-house engineer he has done either Front of house or monitors for Foals, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dodgy, The Darkness, Chase and Status, Miles Kane, Buzzcocks and Cast.
The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.
Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.
There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.
I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.
The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.
It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!
Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.