History

All musicians know that recording studios are sacred spaces. The Church is quite literally so, a beautiful old place of worship in north London, whose stone walls and stained glass have reverberated for 160 years to the sound of prayers and some of the greatest music ever made.

To sing in The Church today is to play a part in music history that has included Adele, U2, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Annie Lennox, Depeche Mode, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Tom Jones, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Florence + The Machine, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Mumford and Sons, Seal, Spiritualized, The Stones Roses and The xx.

There are very good reasons why such extraordinary talents come to The Church: history, technology, and location. Three state-of-the-art studios provide anything a musician could ever need. Set in verdant Crouch End, just 20 minutes from London’s West End, The Church is a sanctuary, home, and shrine set to worship the very spirit of music. From Eurthymics break out hit “Sweet Dreams” to Adele’s record shattering album, 25. The sound of The Church has resounded around the world.

There are other recordings studios. There is only one Church.

Built

January 1, 1850

The church existed solely for religious purposes, serving local residents of the Agapemonite sect.  

Introduction of creative space

January 1, 1980

The Church splits into two; one half serving as a traditional church as it does to this day, and the other half bought by acclaimed animators Bob Bura and John Hardwick.

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

January 1, 1984

  By ’84 Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox of the ten newly-formed Eurythmics were renting the vast upstairs church room. Stewart and Lennox converted the space into a brand new recording studio where they completed their debut album, 1984’s Sweet Dreams, and from that moment on The Church Studios was an established marker on the London recording map.

Building on a legacy

January 1, 1988

As The Eurythmics’ fame and fortune grew to huge heights over the remainder of the 1980s and beyond, they purchased the building from Bura and Hardwick and set about building on its legacy.

1988 Studio tour

January 2, 1988

Annie Lennox studio tour  

“Wild” (live at the Church)

February 10, 1993

Seal live at The Church

“Sneakin’ In” (live at The Church)

February 4, 1998

Herb Alpert live at The Church  

New Ownership

January 1, 2004

In 2004 The Church was bought by David Gray, who brought the studio into a new era when he acquired its ownership exactly 20 years after the release of Sweet Dreams. His tenure at the building lasted the best part of a decade.

The Church in crisis

January 1, 2013

In 2013, by which time Gray had made the decision to move on, The Church too seemed under serious threat of being forced into the hands of property developers much to the sadness of the local community who rallied to keep the building’s creative legacy alive and well.   Fortunately a saviour was not far away. When it became known that leading UK Producer Paul Epworth was on the hunt for a studio facility of his own, Gray made the call and a changing-of-the-guard was eventually agreed in October 2013.   Epworth completely refurbished the upstairs and downstairs floors to present three incredible new studios: a vast tracking room featuring a 72 Channel Vintage EMI Neve console; an incredible SSL studio, so high-spec that it borders on the future; and a brand new, state-of-the-art writing suite to compete with the very best writing studios around.

Songs of Innocence

October 13, 2014

An Interview with Paul

January 21, 2015

Paul Epworth and SOS magazine  

‘Hello’ & ‘When We Were Young’ (Adele – live at The Church)

November 17, 2015