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Abbey Road’s Colette Barber to take Pro Sound Awards lifetime achievement trophy

'I would be honoured to accept this award on behalf of everybody at Abbey Road Studios,' says the studio manager

Colette Barber, Abbey Road Studios’ long-serving studio manager, will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Pro Sound Awards on 24 September.

Barber (pictured), who announced her retirement at the end of June (see Colette Barber cuts short tenure at Abbey Road after 36 years), joined Abbey Road in 1979 as an accounts temp and rose through the ranks to become the ‘studio empress of London’ at the world-famous recording facility. She was made a fellow of the Association of Professional Recording Services in November (see Roger Waters and Colette Barber to be honoured at APRS lunch).

“I am extremely grateful to even be considered for this award and would be honoured to accept it on behalf of everybody at Abbey Road Studios, who work so hard to make it, in my opinion, the best recording studio in the world,” Barber says. “I have spent an amazing 36 years at Abbey Road, and, although I am retiring early next year, I am very excited about its future, which includes the creation of new studios and film facilities. I will miss not being a part of it but I am very proud to have even been a part of its incredible history.”

Previous Pro Sound Awards lifetime achievers include Grammy-winning recording engineer and Meyer Sound/Constellation consultant John Pellowe and veteran acoustician Andy Munro.

Recognising outstanding achievement in professional audio, PSNEurope’s Pro Sound Awards return to the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London for the third time on Thursday 24 September.

Focusrite, Martin Audio and Soundcraft are also supporting the event, sponsoring the studio category, the drinks reception and the rising star award, respectively.

A range of other sponsorship opportunities – from headline sponsor to category, red-carpet and afterparty sponsorship – are also available; contact PSNEurope ad manager Ryan O’Donnell ( or account manager Rian Zoll-Khan ( for more details. For ticket information, email Georgia Blake at