Dartford singer records at Abbey Road Studios

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 July 2014

Kirsty Newland (left) with Julia Johnson and Faye Lyness.

Kirsty Newland (left) with Julia Johnson and Faye Lyness.


Countless landmark recordings have been made there and musical legends including The Beatles and Pink Floyd have entered to lay down their tracks.

Abbey Road Studios, located in St John’s Wood, London, is arguably one of the most famous recording studios in the world.

With an unparralleled history of recording, wonderful acoustic spaces and a blend of vintage equipment and today’s leading technology, it remains the facility of choice for many of the world’s most celebrated artists, composers and producers.

So, unsurprising, a student was ecstatic after being given a once in a lifetime opportunity to record a track there.

Kirsty Newland, 23, studied music at North West Kent College, Oakfield Lane, Dartford, before beginning her BA (hons) Popular Music Performance degree at Southampton Solent University.

The talented singer was given the opportunity to visit and record at the studios, made famous by their namesake- The Beatles’ Abbey Road album, as part of the degree course.

She competed in front of a panel of judges for the chance to work in Studio 3 for a full day, supported by top in- house Abbey Road engineers.

Kirsty won a place along with three of her lucky fellow students- Yasmin Corrigan, Julia Johnson and Faye Lyness, and the four performed together.

Kirsty, who lived in Dartford before moving away to continue her studies, said: “It was an honour to record at a studio with such a rich history. The atmosphere was incredible and learning about the equipment and the artists that had worked there previously was fascinating.

“It’s great that Solent University offers us truly unique experiences while we’re studying. This opportunity has improved my job prospects, whilst, simultaneously creating some truly unforgettable memories.”

Six BA (Hons) Music Production students also accompanied the lucky students selected to perfom.

They had the opportunity to learn about the recording and mixing facilities as well as watching the Abbey Road engineers in action, and were given access to the recorded audio “stems” to mix them in their own individual styles.

Dr Pete Wilson, course leader of BA (hons) Popular Music Performance, said: “Recording at Abbey Road is a dream for most musicians. We are proud to offer our music students at Solent University this opportunity, it’s these real-world learning experiences that help expand our students’ portfolios and give them a taste of the industry.”

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