Song Production Masterclass

Be part of an exclusive recording session

What’s it like to produce and record a song from start to finish at Abbey Road Studios? Experience this for yourself at our inaugural ‘Song Production Masterclass’, a 4-day experience which will take you through the full recording process. Led by multi-award-winning producer Haydn Bendall you’ll immerse yourself in each of the stages of recording, mixing and mastering at the world’s most famous recording studio.

Haydn brings a wealth of experience and expertise, much of it gained through his years as an engineer and then senior engineer at Abbey Road. Haydn will be joined by the accomplished cellist, composer, arranger and conductor Audrey Riley and her orchestra as well as percussionist extraordinaire Lauren Kosty. Together this expert team will record and produce a song by up and coming indie rock band The Kings Parade.

You’ll be introduced to Abbey Road’s priceless microphone collection by the Studios’ in-house expert Lester Smith, learning about the history of the collection and how mics are chosen for different sessions.

Spending the first 2 days recording in Studio Three, where Pink Floyd recorded Dark Side of the Moon, you’ll see all the different stages of recording a song, from microphone selection, live room set up, tracking and recording management to orchestration and arrangement.

Day 3 will be spent mixing down the track with Haydn in the Studio Three control room and on the final day learn how award-winning Abbey Road Studios mastering engineer Christian Wright puts the final touches to the track, getting it ready for release.  We’ll end the masterclass with a review and reflection on the four days to wrap up the session. You’ll leave with insights and an understanding of behind the scenes at Abbey Road, which have previously been unseen by the public.

Key Facts:

Duration: 4 Days, 10:00am – 18:00pm
Masterclass Dates: 29 August – 1 September 2019 (Thursday – Sunday)
Producer: Haydn Bendall
Masterclass Fee: £2,750
Masterclass Size: 15

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The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

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.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

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.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

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!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

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.

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