The recording studio where the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Oasis and countless other artists recorded their now classic albums, Abbey Road reopened its doors for business on Thursday, June 4th, following a 10-week closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Jazz singer Melody Gardot was the lucky musician to book the first recording session, but unfortunately could not make the appointment to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Gardot joined remotely from Paris, along with long-time collaborator producer Larry Klein, saying “Knowing that we are the first session back at Abbey Road Studios after its reopening is an absolute honor. I was told that until COVID-19 the studio had never been closed for business in almost 90 years of operation.” She added, “Even during WWII it stayed open. And the fact that we’re recording the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, helping get the musical community back on track in a way that is safe for all involved, it feels like we are touching history.”

The Abbey Road team of professionals has been working with industry contacts across the studio’s network to implement the UK Government guidelines that set the new standards for recording and production in the midst of COVID-19. All those involved have exercised caution whenever possible by wearing masks, sanitizing hands and social distancing. As for Gardot’s new project, it will feature her worldwide orchestral collaborations, and putting the Royal Philharmonic to work was the first in a planned series that will include recording with the New York Philharmonic next week.

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