Abbey Road Amplify: Sound on Sound Presents The Listening Service

Over 11 & 12 November, the Studios will open its doors to the next generation of artists, engineers and creatives for a free, two-day festival featuring masterclasses, interactive sessions, practical workshops, Q&As and live performances!

Alongside the Abbey Road team, some of the music industry’s leading names will share career insights from their personal journeys, as well as advice for upcoming talent and a range of live performances and showcases. Participants will be able to attend for free by entering a ballot and the festival will also be livestreamed.

Sound On Sound Presents The Listening Service

Friday 12 November - Studio Two - 5.15PM - 6.15PM


Calling all artists, producers and composers! Abbey Road engineers John Barrett, Lewis Jones and Paul Pritchard have joined forces with Sam Inglis, Editor of Sound On Sound magazine, to analyse your music as part of Abbey Road Amplify!

Enter the ballot to be in Studio Two on 12 November for the panel, and then submit your track to abbeyroad@soundonsound by 30 October! You could be lucky enough to receive priceless feedback in Studio Two from some of the most experienced ears in the business.

The Panel

Moderator - Sam Inglis

Editor In Chief, Sam Inglis, has been with Sound On Sound for more than 20 years. He is a recording engineer, producer, songwriter and folk musician who studies the traditional songs of England and Scotland, and is the author of two books: Neil Young's Harvest (Bloomsbury, 2003) and Teach Yourself Songwriting (Hodder, 2006).

Abbey Road engineers

John Barrett

With over 12 years of experience, a vast technical knowledge and a musical ear, John has established himself as one of Abbey Road’s most in demand Engineers and Recordists.

John’s career at Abbey Road started in 2005, forming part of a placement year scheme from his degree course. His dedication and strong work ethic (too many late nights tinkering to mention), meant that he progressed from studio tea boy to Assistant Engineer to Score Recordist very rapidly, and within months was running Protools on a number of large scale orchestral and band sessions, taking full advantage of Abbey Road’s unique and traditional apprenticeship approach.

Although the majority of John’s work is with large scale orchestral recordings, he has a vast experience and expertise working on all kinds of music, recently including live sessions with George Ezra, James Bay, Slaves, Krept & Konan and JP Cooper. As a consequence, he is equally at home in Studio One recording an 100 piece orchestra, as he is recording a jazz swing band in Studio Two, or a band in Studio Three. The addition of the two new pop oriented rooms at the Studios has allowed John to bring in a number of up and coming artists who could previously only have dreamed of working at Abbey Road.

Recently John was fortunate enough to have worked on two projects that were nominated at the Oscars for ‘Best Original Score’: Jonny Greenwood’s Phantom Thread as Score Mixer and Alexandre Desplat’s multi award-winning score for The Shape Of Water as Digital Score Recordist.

Lewis Jones

From studying the violin and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School and then completing a degree in music at Royal Holloway University, Lewis followed his dream of working in a recording studio by getting a job at Lansdowne Recording studios, London in 1999.

Thrown in at the deep end, Lewis was quickly assisting on all kinds of sessions from jazz, TV scores and bands to large scale film scoring projects. In 2006 Lewis joined Abbey Road Studios where he has continued to flourish as an engineer. Building strong working relationships with other engineers and composers, Lewis has enjoyed working as an assistant and engineer for many of the top film composers. These include:

Michael Giacchino (Jupiter Ascending / Book of Henry / Dr Strange)

Thomas Newman (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel / Skyfall and Spectre)

James Newton Howard (Gnomeo & Juliet / Maleficent / Mockingjay Pt2)

Alan Silvestri (The Croods / Avengers Assemble)

Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel / Philomena / Unbroken / Harry Potter)

Howard Shore (The Hobbit 1, 2 & 3)

James Horner (For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada / Black Gold)

Lewis says of being at Abbey Road: “I love the variety of projects, the amazing recording spaces, the best collection of microphones. One day I’m in Studio One recording the best orchestras and choirs, the next day I’m in the Gatehouse studio with Hip Hop and Grime artists! The history of Abbey Road and being associated with it, goes without saying.”

Paul Pritchard

As a teenager, Paul played guitar in bands in and around his hometown of Bristol which introduced him to the art of recording. He saved up for a four-track cassette recorder and has never looked back.

Paul joined Abbey Road as a runner in 2007 on a placement scheme from the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey; his warmth, willingness and attention to detail was an instant hit with the staff so he was invited to become a permanent fixture after graduating in 2009.

Since then Paul has worked on a great number of projects across a wide range of genres as illustrated in his discography.

He is particularly enjoying the new smaller studios that allow a much wider range of artists and musicians to enjoy the Abbey Road experience.

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