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Adrian Kerridge: funeral details released

Dave Robinson 12 October 2016
Adrian Kerridge: funeral details released

The family of Adrian Kerridge have released details of the arrangements for the funeral of the prolific producer/engineer and recording industry stalwart, who died of a heart attack at the end of September.

A funeral mass will take place at 1:30pm, on Friday 14 October, at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Marlow, and all are welcome. The family have requested that no black is to be worn at the service.

The funeral will be followed by a celebration of Adrian’s life at Marlow Rowing Club (Kerridge was a member there for over 40 years). The family have also requested that no flowers are to be sent, but donations to the Marlow Rowing Club are welcomed and appreciated.

The following is taken from his autobiography, Tape’s Rolling, Take One! which will be published in November:

Adrian Kerridge was part of the British recording industry for the past 50
years. His revolutionary and often forthright approach within the music
industry has put him at the centre of the recording world for half a
century. As owner of the eminent Lansdowne Studios – birth place of the
Dave Clark Five, and home to numerous household name artists and
session stories as well as the co-founding father of the CADAC console
brand – he witnessed first-hand the technological changes of an industry
transitioning from analogue tape to multi-track to digital recording and
editing in the 80s and forwards; was a forerunner in the 60s of the then
experimental practice of direct injection – now widely employed by sound
engineers and laid the foundations for a more modern upfront sound that
was lacking in the 50s and early 60s.

Renowned for creating unique sonic signatures for bands and other
recording artists, Adrian’s approach to recording was unlike anything the
industry had seen in the years previous. He recorded “hot”, clean and
gutsy while his contemporaries were more conservative in their approach.
Adrian’s first job was at IBC London, one of the UK’s largest independent
recording studios at the time, which led him to work with the legendary
and sometimes volatile Joe Meek. Working with Joe gave Adrian crucial
insights into the talented engineer’s innovative techniques. After a brief
stint of National Service, Adrian returned to the recording industry but
instead of resuming his old job at IBC he was offered a job alongside Joe
Meek at a completely new London studio – Lansdowne Recording Studios –
with producer Denis Preston, who ran his own Record Supervision jazz
label. Joe’s premature departure from Lansdowne meant Adrian suddenly
found himself catapulted into the job of senior engineer and solely
responsible for running the studios.

It was during this time that Adrian, along with the Dave Clark Five, led the
British “invasion” of the U.S. music scene in the 1960s pioneering new
audio techniques using equipment considered primitive by today’s
standards.

Adrian’s work in the early 1960s, when the Dave Clark Five first came into
the studio, contributed to the band’s development and helped create their
signature “Tottenham Sound”. He is one of only two people to ever be
awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of
Professional Recording Services (APRS), in recognition of a lifetime’s
service to the music industry. The other was awarded to the late Sir
George Martin.

Adrian went on to open CTS Studios in Wembley in 1987; the studios became an internationally recognised film scoring stage for several James Bond films, The Avengers, All Creatures Great and Small, Morse the series, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and much more.

Adrian later opened a studio at Watford Colosseum, which recorded the film music for Lord of the Rings.

In a statement, the APRS said it was saddened by the loss of Adrian, a past chairman of the association.

“Adrian was a larger than life person and will be sorely missed,” said Malcom Atkin, chairman of the APRS Fellows Academy. “Adrian was a major influence in positioning the UK on the international stage for film score. He was known for painting a picture in sound.”

David Harries, another former APRS chairman, noted Kerridge was “one of the best engineers there’s ever been”.

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