British Grove Studios

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British Grove Studios is a recording studio located at 20 British Grove in Chiswick, West London, owned by musician Mark Knopfler.

British Grove Studios was built by David Stewart, the studio's former manager, commissioned by Knopfler as "a monument to past and future technology".[1] It has two studios. Alongside modern technology, the equipment includes two old EMI mixing consoles: a very rare tube desk from the 1960s like the ones used by George Martin and The Beatles and a later console on which the album Band on the Run was recorded.[1] The large console in studio one is a custom-made Neve 88R, while the console in studio two is an API Legacy. The main speakers are ATC monitors in a 5.1 configuration.[2] Specifically, the full-range models are ATC SCM 300ASL (300A) mounted in standard left-center-right configuration, with two more 300As on a unique track system for surround. Dual ATC SCM0.1/15ASL PRO (Sub 1/15) subwoofers alongside the left and right mains provide the LFE monitoring.

In February 2009, British Grove Studio was the winner of the Music Producers Guild Award for 'Best Studio'.[3]

Before Richard Wright died in 2008, he went to British Grove Studios to record a missing piano part from "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd. This was found to be missing by James Guthrie, who was remixing the Wish You Were Here album for an SACD release.[4]

Recordings[edit]

The following albums were recorded at British Grove Studios:

David Stewart & Dave Harries[edit]

Together, David Stewart and Dave Harries set up 'British Grove Studios' in the early 2000's for Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. As cited in 'The Chiswick Calendar', [8] 'David Stewart knew Mark through his wife Robyn, who was Mark’s PA. He introduced Mark to Dave Harries with whom he had been working for ten years already at that point, and the two of them set about scouring west London in 2000 – 2001 looking for suitable properties'. They decided upon the property in Chiswick largely because of its size and proximity to Heathrow airport, convenient for the numerous American artists travelling to record at the studio. Upon its completion, Stewart made the natural progression (having overseen the project from the outset) of becoming 'Studio Manager'.

On the 9th of April 2020, Stewart tragically died of complications from Covid-19. In a statement from Knopfler he said, "I am very sad to announce the loss of our dear friend David Stewart, our studio Manager. David will be sorely missed, not only by everyone at British Grove but also by everybody who knew him. Our hearts go out to our beloved Robyn and their two sons Jake and Tommy".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clark, Rick (1 May 2005). "Mark Knopfler". Mix Online. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  2. ^ "ATC Loudspeaker technology Limited". ATC. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  3. ^ "British Grove Studio wins prestigious award". Mark Knopfler. 13 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2012.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxO34OyJ-WE
  5. ^ travisonline.com The Boy with No Name Archived 2008-02-17 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The world comes alive to the sound of Joe's music". Luton on Sunday. 13 July 2008. Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  7. ^ The New Classic (Liner notes). Iggy Azalea. Island Records. 2014. 3781892.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "Manager of British Grove Studios, dies from Coronavirus - Chiswick Calendar Other". The Chiswick Calendar. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  9. ^ Chiswick Calendar, Dave Stewart - Obituary

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Coordinates: 51°29′30″N 0°14′45″W / 51.49153°N 0.24575°W / 51.49153; -0.24575