The Ham & High (Hamstead & Highgate Express) has reported that Haringey Council has given musician David Gray permission to turn Crouch End’s Church Studios into luxury flats. Over 500 signatories petitioned the Council to keep the former chapel as a music venue. The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart originally converted it into a studio in 1984. Studio A features a 56-channel SSL G series consoles, one of the very first G series desks ever delivered. Clients of The Church have included Bob Dylan, James Morrison, Depeche Mode, Ray Lamontagne, Radiohead, Bombay Bicycle Club, My Bloody Valentine, Kaiser Chiefs, and Elvis Costello. Posting on his website shortly after news initially broke of Church Studios’ potential redevelopment, the Babylon musician said: “I bought the studios from Dave Stewart in an act of uncharacteristic extravagance in 2004, as my own personal recording space. I suspected even then that it was madness. But I have since recorded three full albums there and a lot of other music besides. It remains a very inspiring place.
However, in the last few years the expense of keeping The Church going has become too much of a burden, so I have invested a lot of time, energy and money in creating a website, upgrading recording equipment etc., all with a view to trying to run it as business. A few people have come through the door, but it is still a country mile from breaking even. In the light of a wider music business in free fall, the chance of selling it on as a working studio seem close to zero. So I am – as partly reported – currently exploring other options.” Gray added that he won’t be making any decisions about the studio until he completes work on his latest album, currently being recorded there.
“Truly, nothing would please me more than selling The Church on to someone who would like to carry on running it as a music studio,” he said. “I am sorry for any disappointment this may cause, and hope that this great place can continue beyond my own personal involvement.”www.thechurchstudios.com