Abbey Road Institute | Global Graduation Ceremony 2018
On October 26th, students from the Abbey Road Institutes in Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Melbourne met with families, friends and guests from the industry at Abbey Road Studios, London for the global graduation. They received their Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering in the famous Studio Two, where The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many more have recorded.
Our graduates’ big day began with a welcome by the CEO of the Abbey Road Institute, Luca Barassi. He praised the dedication and hard work students have put in over the past 12 months and motivated them to continue working on themselves. „It’s a unique experience to be part of the history of Abbey Road Studios. You can rightfully be proud of that.“
During the ceremony, all graduates received their diplomas from the hands of the respective institute managers and academic directors. Barbara Skoda-Busch, Managing Director of the Abbey Road Institute, Germany, praised the great development of the German students. „Music producer and sound engineer is a profession that requires passion. You all have this passion and we are proud of what you already achieved.“
After the official diploma handover, the day was celebrated with a fabulous party in Studio One, to which numerous representatives of the international music industry had also come. The party was emceed by Ramera Abraham, a graduate of the Abbey Road Institute, London. Amongst others, she invited Isabel Garvey, Managing Director of Abbey Road Studios and David Sharpe, Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music UK to the stage. Both spoke about the successes of our growing alumni network and gave the graduates inspiring advice and tips for their future in the music industry.
The aspiring singer-songwriter Rhys Lewis who recently signed a contract with Universal Music, took over the musical part. An impressive performance by the newcomer from Oxford, from whom you will undoubtedly hear a lot more.
Afterwards, graduates from all Abbey Road Institute locations took the opportunity to talk to each other, exchange ideas about their projects and pursue networking.
Lucy Pape, graduate of the Abbey Road Institute, Frankfurt, summarizes her impressions of the day: „It is like a dream come true. The atmosphere of the Abbey Road Studios is more than impressive, it makes you actually feel real music history. „Yannick Sahlmen, a graduate from Berlin, adds:“ I am so happy that I did this course. What I learned here in the way of practical knowledge and skills is unique. The concluding graduation ceremony was the icing on the cake.“
On behalf of our graduates, their families, friends and guests from the industry, the team from Abbey Road Institutes, Berlin and Frankfurt would like to thank the Abbey Road Studios, London team for this successful day. We are already looking forward to the graduation ceremony in 2019.
In the studio with Abbey Road Engineer Stefano Civetta
And another highlight awaited our graduates. Over the following two days, they had a hands-on workshop with Abbey Road Engineer Stefano Civetta. But more about that in the next blog.
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Text: Susi Schiller, Translation: Terri Smith