National Lottery Funding Revives Iconic Recording Studios
Landmark recording studio in Birmingham, Grosvenor Road Studios is set to reopen soon, thanks to receiving over £250,000 in funding from the National Lottery to help them improve the studio’s usage and foster stronger community bonds.
Grosvenor Road Studios features one of the largest recording spaces in the West Midlands. It offers seven offices for creative, cultural, and community businesses, as well as a center for arts training and development. It is also a hub for both arts and community advancement and provides a tranquil woodland garden for local children and their families to enjoy.
Formerly known as the renowned Hollick & Taylor Studios, Grosvenor Road Studios has been a hidden gem in Birmingham for more than six decades. It has served as a recording studio since the late 1940s and has been the site of several notable recordings, including iconic sound effects for Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds and Stingray, the memorable brass band rendition of Brighouse and Rastrick's "The Floral Dance.”
The studio also hosted the recording of the pioneering Brum Beat album Jasper Carrott's "Funky Moped." In 2001, the studio was acquired by the all-female acapella quintet, Black Voices, who have been making an impact in the studio with their expertise and extensive knowledge of the music industry and community development.
The National Lottery will aid the funding of extensive renovations carried out to modernize, improve, and secure the future of the building, ensuring its continued role as a welcoming hub in the heart of the Handsworth community.
Grosvenor Road Studios' Grand Reopening and Vision for the Future
The studios will also continue its program of training and development while actively participating in the cultivation of local talent and showcasing them on regional, national, and international stages.
One of these programs offers an avenue for individuals aspiring to pursue careers in the music industry to acquire skills and qualifications in music technology and stagecraft.
We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognized the work of Grosvenor Road Studios in this way. Now, thanks to the National Lottery players, we can reopen our studios and press on with our plans to broaden the range of opportunities available to the local community and increase the building’s usage. This is incredibly important because it helps so many young people to build relationships with others and to create their own supportive circles of friends and peers.
This is one of the first steps from the National Lottery since Allwyn became its new licenser. Their plan is to help the community and let young people use and work on the talent they have.
The grand opening of Grosvenor Road Studios is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd, when Birmingham's Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter, Laura Mvula will launch the newly refurbished space.
Attendees will have the opportunity to explore Birmingham photographer Rob Bailey's inaugural photography exhibition and enjoy the musical talents of the globally acclaimed Black Voices ensemble.