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Angel recording studios to close after 40 years

Iconic Upper Street studios has hosted stars including Kylie Minogue and Adele

20 September, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

The Angel Recording Studios in Upper Street

AN iconic studio where the likes of Kylie Minogue and Adele recorded albums and the scores for Moulin Rouge and The Lion King were created will close at the end of the year.

The Angel Recording Studios has hosted many of the biggest names in music since it opened in the early 1980s, but it will be closed by the turn of the year it was revealed yesterday.

The studios are run by the de Wolfe family and a statement from the owning company, Angel Recording Studios Limited (ARSL), attributed the closure to the recent deaths of executives James and Rosalind de Wolfe. Other big-name film and TV scores recorded there include Downton Abbey, The Full Monty and Poldark.

ARSL managing director Warren de Wolfe, James’s oldest son, said: “It is a very sad day for our studio employees, the wider creative industries and for all those who have enjoyed recording music within the Angel Studio.

“I thank all the composers, producers and musicians who have graced the Angel Studio over the course of the past 40 years. It has been a great adventure and an honour to have worked and collaborated on so many marvellous projects in the Studio.

Nick Keynes, who runs the Tileyard music studios in King’s Cross, added: “It’s going to be a real loss to the Islington music scene. I recorded there a while back. It is a wonderful space that will be missed by many.”

The Grade II-listed building in Upper Street will be transferred to third parties.

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