Cumbria’s newest recording studio officially opened

A new state-of-the-art recording studio has been officially opened at Keswick School’s Crosthwaite Music Centre. The £60,000 facility was designed and equipped with the latest audio recording equipment by Broadwater Studios, Newcastle. Launched under the title ‘Massif Music’ it will be run as both a commercial enterprise and a teaching facility. 

Under the watchful eye of Massif Music Director, Rory McDonald, the aim is to bring the best audio recording service into the heart of Cumbria. With an experienced audio technician, outstanding production facilities, excellent transport links and ample car parking, Massif Music is available to hire to anyone interested in producing professional quality audio recordings. This could range from bands and choirs to ensembles and soloists and includes voiceover and spoken word recordings. Enquires can be made via the Massif Music website.

As a teaching facility the recording studio will be used to give Keswick School students a unique opportunity to record high quality tracks and develop their expertise in music technology. The recording studio is linked to a new sound lab equipped with 18 iMacs which the students will use to support their studies. Currently over 400 students have regular music tuition at Keswick School, there are four choirs, an orchestra, wind band, jazz band and a number of ensembles. A-levels in Music and Music Technology are taken by Sixth Form students.

Simon Jackson (Head teacher) said: 
'There is a great tradition of music and performance at Keswick School. Students enjoy our annual iPerform festival and more recently 60 Year 7 and 8 students performed as a choir on BBC One for Children in Need. We’re delighted to be supported by Keswick Music Society, the Rotary Club (Keswick) and Keswick Jazz Festival amongst others. The many concerts, competitions and performances help students develop into talented and capable musicians. The opening of Massif Music marks a new watershed for music at Keswick School. I hope it will provide the opportunities and experience that will enable some students to get their foot in the door of the music industry.’

Rory McDonald (Director of Massif Music) said:
‘Cumbria is full of amazing musicians with lots of musical potential.  It is exciting to be able to offer the facilities to bring this music to life in a recorded form. The studio has a very relaxed atmosphere and the scenery around the location provides some fantastic artistic inspiration. It is also a privilege to be able to partner with the school in teaching pupils the practical skills behind the music industry and I look forward to seeing these young people create some excellent work in the future.‘