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Recording industry mourns Adrian Kerridge

Former chairman of the APRS, CADAC founder and owner of Lansdowne Studios will be sorely missed

The APRS is saddened by the loss of Adrian Kerridge. Adrian was a past APRS Chairman and sat on the board for many years.

Engineer and studio owner Adrian Kerridge.Engineer and studio owner Adrian Kerridge.“Adrian was a larger than life person and will be sorely missed” said Malcom Atkin, Chairman of the APRS Fellows Academy. “Adrian was a major influence in positioning the UK on the international stage for film score. He was known for painting a picture in sound”.

Adrian Kerridge had been part of the British recording industry for the past 50 years. His revolutionary and often forthright approach within the music industry put him at the centre of the recording world. He started his career at IBC Studios in Portland Place with Joe Meek and moved on to become owner of Lansdowne Studios, where he worked with the Dave Clark Five. During the Lansdowne Jazz series in the 1980s, Adrian worked with artists such as Chris Barber, Ottilie Patterson, Acker Bilk and Monty Sunshine.

Adrian opened CTS Studios in Wembley in 1987, and the venue became an internationally recognised film scoring stage. CTS recorded the music for several James Bond films, The Avengers, All Creatures Great And Small, Inspector Morse, the Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love and much more. Adrian was also known for his work with Roger Whitaker, Johnny Pearson and Laurie Johnson. Adrian later opened a studio at Watford Colosseum, which recorded the music for Lord Of The Rings.

In 1968, with partner Clive Green, Adrian started the CADAC console company. The company still operates today and their desks are widely used in the theatre industry.

David Harries, another former APRS chairman, describes Adrian as “one of the best engineers there's ever been.”

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