Angel Recording Studios, where Adele, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue and One Direction recorded albums – in addition to being the birthplace of numerous film and TV scores – is to close at the end of 2019 following the deaths of its execs, James and Rosalind de Wolfe.
The company was incorporated by James Warren Sylvester de Wolfe on 5 December 1978, and was since used to record both commercially successful work such as Adele's 2011 album, 21 and Sam Smith’s, In the Lonely Hour, in addition to numerous classical recordings.
The complex has three dedicated recording areas, one of which incorporates the original Victorian choir stalls and features a magnificent Speechley pipe organ dating back to 1888.
Throughout its long and illustrious history, Angel Studios has played host to an impressive range of international and award-winning music-makers, covering every conceivable musical genre and style.
Other notable bands and artists to utilise the three-studio complex in Islington, London include Westlife, Rush, One Direction, Emeli Sandé, Slade, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson, Gary Barlow, Plácido Domingo, Seal, Liza Minnelli, Florence and the Machine, Kylie Minogue, Goldfrapp, Karl Jenkins (for his acclaimed Adiemus project), and Robbie Williams.
World famous orchestras, television and film score composers, advertising jingle writers, the cast of countless West End musicals and numerous chart-topping pop acts are just some of the clients who have made use of Angel Studios over the years.
The studio's orchestra room has been used by Éric Serra, who scored Léon: The Professional and the James Bond film, GoldenEye there. George Fenton used the studio to record scores for natural history shows, Blue Planet and Planet Earth, while other projects have included Maury Yeston for Nine, Craig Armstrong, who scored Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, and Anne Dudley for The Full Monty and Poldark.