UK: Distinguished recording engineer Keith Grant is to receive the 2009 Fellowship Award at today's Conch Sound Awards, reports PSN-e. The award will be presented later on today (September 22) at Kings Place, London, as part of the annual Conch Sound Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in audio post-production (an image from the 2008 event is pictured).
Having begun his career as a music engineer at IBC studios, Keith Grant went on to become closely associated with the legendary Olympic Studios, which provided a home for artists as disparate as The Small Faces, King Crimson and Bjork before its much-lamented closure in January this year. As his career progressed, Grant became increasingly identified with film soundtracks, lending his expertise to productions including The Italian Job, The Madness of King George and The English Patient. He is also well-known for his work on the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack, for which he received a BAFTA in 1973.
"I'm truly amazed and overjoyed to have been honoured with the Fellowship Award," said Grant. "After 53 years of passion and dedication to the industry, it really is very rewarding to be singled out for recognition by The Conch Awards with [past Fellowship winners] Ray Merrin, John Illes and Les Wiggins - it's going to be a fantastic night."
Look out for more Conch Awards results and feedback on next week's PSN-e.