The Team

Our industry experts

We’ve brought together a selection of the music industry’s leading producers, engineers and musicians to create an exciting and unique 4-day masterclass. The team is led by Grammy-winning producer Haydn Bendall who worked at Abbey Road Studios for seventeen years, the last ten as senior engineer.


Haydn Bendall

Record Producer, Engineer and Mixer

Haydn Bendall is a record producer, engineer and mixer. He was a senior engineer at Abbey Road Studios for more than ten years and in 2009 was awarded the Audio Pro Industry Excellence Award for Best Studio Engineer.
Haydn started his musical career at Orange Studios in Soho in London. He then moved to Abbey Road Studios in 1972 where he joined Ken Townsend’s team as a part time assistant. One year later he was offered a full-time position and worked there for the next seventeen years.

Haydn has worked on a vast array of albums and soundtracks too numerous to mention. In 1991 Haydn became an independent producer/engineer and comes back to Abbey Road on a regular basis.

Our students have had the opportunity to record with Haydn in Abbey Road’s Studio Two a couple of times and learn from his extensive experience and expertise.

Watch our interview with Haydn.

Audrey Riley

Composer, Arranger & Conductor

Audrey Riley trained at the Guildhall School Of Music, London with Leonard Stehn.  As an arranger and improvising cellist she has recorded for over two decades with numerous groups including Dave Matthews and The Smashing Pumpkins, giving her the opportunity to conduct both the Seattle and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

With her own orchestra, she has contributed arrangements to countless albums.  Recent years have seen Coldplay’s “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” and “XNY”, The Foo Fighter’s “Echoes And Silence”, three albums for Muse including “The Resistance” , a number of albums for Feeder, as well as Moloko, Amy MacDonald, Brendan Benson, Spandau Ballet, Birdy and James Blunt.  Three of her arrangements have featured on Grammy Award-winning singles. 

As a cellist, she has performed with many dance companies: Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, in works by Kevin Volans, Michael Gordon and David Lang, and most recently with Jacky Lansley for whom she performed the Bach Cello Suites with inserts by Jonathan Eato.

You can see Audrey Riley’s full list of credits here.

Lester Smith

Microphone Technical Specialist

50 years ago, Lester Smith joined EMI and became an integral part of the Abbey Road Story. From Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison to Alexander Desplat and John Williams, over his 48 years working within the studio, Lester has befriended a huge number of iconic artists and, as many will agree, has become a legend in his own right. Since the early 70’s he has been the custodian of Abbey Road’s microphone collection, the largest collection of its kind in the world, and his knowledge and warmth have become an essential part of the Abbey Road experience to staff and artists alike.

Watch Lester talk about some of his fondest memories of Abbey Road Studios and why his interest in the technology used within its walls has never faded.

Lauren Kosty

Percussionist

Lauren Kosty is a percussionist based in London, UK.  She performs regularly in a range of genres including classical, jazz, musical theatre, & recording for film, TV, and pop.  Lauren is currently the percussionist & drummer for UK Best Selling Artist, Russell Watson. Other recent performance highlights include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Puff Daddy at the American Music Awards and Cirque Du Soliel live on MTV.  Additionally, she has recorded at Capitol Records with Grammy Nominated Artist David Benoit and Sony Scoring Stage with Emmy Award-winning composer, Bear McCreary. Lauren has contracted musicians for Taylor Swift, Puff Daddy, the Black Eyed Peas, and American Idol. Additionally, she is an artist and featured performer for Sakae Drums & Zildjian Gen 16 “Young Guns”.   

Lauren has performed or recorded with John Williams, Alan Silvestri, David Newman, Sir Neville Marriner, Gustavo Dudamel, Keith Lockhart, Jane Monheit, Chris Botti, Bobby McFerrin, Brian McKnight, the Fresno Philharmonic, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Dave Ricard Big Band, the American Musical and Drama Academy and in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall and the London Palladium.  She holds a Bachelor of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts.

Find out more about Lauren Kosty.

The Kings Parade

The Band

Since forming on a Hawaiian cruise liner in 2015, The King’s Parade have developed a style that combines classic Detroit blues with melodic, crossover pop, evoking the crafted sounds of The Black Keys, Michael Kiwanuka and Alabama Shakes.

After releasing their debut EP ‘Vagabond’, the band have picked up critical acclaim across CLASH, NOTION and EARMILK. Their follow up EP ‘Haze’ further solidified their reputation with tracks such as ‘Haze’ and ‘Mother Tongue’ being championed by the likes of THE INDEPENDENT and WONDERLAND.

The King’s Parade continues to refine a new soul blueprint that’s seeing a loyal and expectant fanbase grow by the day, cementing their status as one of the most naturally talented and hustling young acts of 2019.

Check out more about the band here

Christian Wright

Mastering Engineer

Christian Wright started off in the copy rooms at Abbey Road Studios before he graduated to the role of Mastering Engineer. He has since gone on to master award-winning No.1 albums as well as soundtracks to No.1 films from both sides of the Atlantic.

Some of the biggest and respected names in music have had their albums mastered by Christian, including Ed Sheeran, Franz Ferdinand, Blur, Soft Hair, Kate Tempest, Bears Den, Keane, and Ben Frost. His skills in soundtrack production have been employed on the Oscar-winning Gravity (No.1 in the USA and UK) composed by Steven Price, two Harry Potter films and The Master – composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

Christian’s musical interests aren’t limited to mastering. He still plays live in a band (performing at festivals like Secret Garden Party), records as a multi-instrumentalist, avidly collects analogue gear from synths to outboard, and regularly records and mixes tracks, making him truly involved and helping him understand every aspect of the music creation process.

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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.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer