Abbey Road Studio Wins Big for Film Scoring

Mar 5, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Abbey Road is celebrating unprecedented success in film scoring, having dominated the Best Score category this film awards season with projects recorded and mixed at the studios, winning a Grammy, a BAFTA, an Oscar and a Golden Globe.


In addition, at least two other Best Score nominations at each of the award ceremonies were also for Abbey Road projects. A total of seven Abbey Road projects received at least one Best Score nomination, including The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Cold Mountain, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, The Hours, House of Sand and Fog and Girl With a Pearl Earring.

The Oscar for Best Score and the Golden Globe Award for Best Score/Soundtrack were awarded to Howard Shore for the final installment in the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King. The project was an immense undertaking at Abbey Road, requiring a team of engineers to record, edit and mix the film score, as well as master the soundtrack album. The film score was recorded by John Kurlander and mixed by Abbey Road's senior engineer Peter Cobbin. The Grammy Award for Best Score/Soundtrack also went to Shore for the second film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which was also recorded by Kurlander and mixed by Cobbin. Abbey Road engineers also recorded the award-winning "Into the West," which picked up the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

The Anthony Asquith BAFTA award for achievement in film music went to composer Gabriel Yared for Cold Mountain, which was recorded in Abbey Road's Studio One last September before being mixed in Studio Three.

David Holley, managing director of Abbey Road Studios, said, "The Oscars ceremony concluded a remarkable run of success for Abbey Road film scoring projects, probably unprecedented for any recording studio ever. It is a significant achievement by our team of recording engineers at Abbey Road. The huge efforts they make on behalf of all of their clients are matched only by the skill they bring to their work. They thoroughly deserve this success."

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