UK: The APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) has announced that it is to honour a number of renowned individuals with Sound Fellowships in recognition of their contributions to "the art, science and industry of sound recording". Island Records founder Chris Blackwell and producer/engineer/performer Alan Parsons will be among the distinguished figures honoured at the APRS' 60th anniversary lunch this Thursday (September 27th), writes David Davies.
Also set to receive Fellowships this week are audio consultant Sean Davies, long-time Olympic Studios engineer Keith Grant, producer/engineer Glyn Johns and Abbey Road engineer Ken Townsend (pictured here - and why not? - with Prince Albert of Monaco).
Along with the Association's president, Sir George Martin, Townsend will also be among the line-up of speakers at the APRS' anniversary lunch, which will take place at The Roof Gardens, Kensington, London W8.
Some tickets may still be available for this special event (_75 for APRS members, _100 for non-members - see first link below), which will include a welcome drink in the Spanish Garden, a 60th anniversary celebratory cocktail on arrival, a three-course lunch, a glass or two of wine - and champagne. Each guest will also receive a copy of the APRS 60th Anniversary Commemorative Handbook, containing archival photos from the Association's archives and a number of articles examining the challenges now facing the audio industry.
"As this is the Association's 60th Anniversary year, we wanted to arrange a special event where people from all areas of the audio industry can get together and celebrate," said APRS chairman, David Hamilton-Smith. "It will provide an opportunity to mingle with the movers and shakers of the audio world, and we can expect some great speeches from some of our industry's foremost figures. We're all looking forward to a memorable afternoon."
Meanwhile, in other APRS-related news, it has been announced that engineer/producer Geoff Emerick (The Beatles, Elvis Costello) will appear at an Association-presented event during this year's AES show in New York. The special session - to be held on Friday October 5th (more details through second link below) - will analyse the recent recording of the cover versions of tracks from The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band undertaken by Emerick with contemporary acts including The Killers and Travis.