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Composers join battle to rescue Upper Street studios

Last-ditch effort after warning of ‘huge loss’

27 September, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Nainita Desai

RENOWNED composers are calling for a last-ditch effort to be made to save an iconic recording studio which they fear may be turned into luxury flats.

As the Tribune revealed last week, the Angel Recording Studios in Upper Street, where scores for blockbuster films like Moulin Rouge and The Lion King were recorded, will close by the end of the year.

Nainita Desai, who composed the music for the film For Sama, said: “The shocking news of its closure has sent major ripples through the music industry. It is a huge loss to the composer and musician community and, as a result, to our greater creative culture.”

The studio is 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.

James de Wolfe had built a vast global music empire which he passed on to his children.

Angel Recording Studios

Ms Desai said: “What is so sad is the fact that the studios have been operating very successfully.”

She added she had been contacted by several composers saying they would try to petition a last-minute rescue deal.

Michael Price, who created the music in the BBC series Sherlock, said: “It’s a prime location and the studios are always busy and thriving.The last thing we need in Islington is more luxury flats.”

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

He added: “The Angel Recording Studio building in London has been transferred to third parties within the family and will therefore be closing its doors as a de Wolfe studio at the end of 2019. Its future beyond that date is currently unknown.”

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