Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pioneering Studio Forced to Pull Plug in Cash Crisis

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pioneering Studio Forced to Pull Plug in Cash Crisis

Article excerpt

A recording studio which has helped nurture North-East musical talent for 25 years is to close later this week.

Northern Recording, based in Consett, County Durham, was set up in 1980, but has found it difficult in recent years to find the funding it needs.

The studio's spokesman Paul Green said they had twice been turned down for lottery money through the Arts Council and had exhausted all other possibilities for funding.

The studio has provided thousands of young people from deprived areas in County Durham with access to industry-standard recording equipment in the last two decades.

It has been used by many of the region's top recording artists and was the driving force behind the annual Stanley Blues festival.

Mary Kearney helped set up the studios along with her late husband John following the closure of the Consett steelworks.

She said: "We have had a fantastic time and have worked with a lot of great musicians who have helped to make it happen. …

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