Peter Vince

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Peter Vince
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Peter Vince and his wife Wendy, July 1998
Background information
Birth namePeter Robert Vince
BornJuly 1942
Fulham, London, England
Occupation(s)Sound engineer
Years active1962–1997

Peter Vince (born Peter Robert Vince) was an English sound engineer, producer and operations manager at Abbey Road Studios.


Vince was born in Fulham, London in July 1942 and was educated at Munster School and St Clement Danes Grammar School.


In April 1962 Vince became an engineer at Abbey Road Studios, then known as EMI Studios.[1] During his career he also achieved the role of producer and author of the book, Abbey Road: The Story of the World's Most Famous Recording Studios, which he researched and wrote with colleagues Allan Rouse and Brian Southall.[2] As an engineer he worked with a wide variety of artists including The Seekers, Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard & The Shadows,[3] The Beatles,[4] The Hollies,[3] The Spinners, Benny Hill,[1][5] Maria Callas, Beverly Sills, Nino Rota and Joe Loss.[1] He was also responsible for a number of London cast musical recordings including The Good Companions, Singin' in the Rain, The Hunting of the Snark, Destry Rides Again, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Man of La Mancha,[6][7] which received a nomination for a Grammy Award in 1969 as the Best Engineered Recording.[8]

In 1966, Vince was one of the first people to use "direct injection" for recording electronic bass guitars, to match the output of the guitars to the other instruments.[3]

In the early 80's, along with fellow engineers Mike Gray and Peter Mew, Vince was responsible for setting up EMI's first ever CD department.

Peter took early retirement from EMI in 1997, after 35 years service,[1] but continued to work as a freelance engineer. This included location recordings with organist Phil Kelsall in Blackpool,[citation needed] the Morriston Orpheus Choir in Swansea,[citation needed] and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Stapley, Patrick (1 October 1997). "Peter Vince retires". Pro Sound News Europe. HighBeam Business. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "News - Allan Rouse retires after 40 years of service". Abbey Road. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Hodgson, Jay (28 October 2010). Understanding Records: A Field Guide To Recording Practice. Continuum (Google Books). p. 46. ISBN 978-1-4411-6950-1. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ Newmark, Russell (27 September 1994). "Many Abbey returns". The Independent. HighBeam Research. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2012. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Lawrence, Alistair (19 July 2012). Abbey Road: The Best Studio in the World. Bloomsbury (Google Books). p. 277. ISBN 978-1-4088-3241-7. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Original London Cast*, Keith Michell, Joan Diener - Man Of La Mancha". Discogs. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Man of La Mancha (London Production, 1968)". Ovrtur. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards Nominees 1969 - Grammy Award Winners 1969". Awards and Shows. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2001 Tattoo CD £12.99". Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Retrieved 21 September 2012.