LONDON — The legendary Maida Vale Studios, which has echoed with the sounds of music greats like David Bowie, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin, has found new owners. The BBC confirmed the sale of the studios, which they purchased in 1933, to a joint partnership between film producers Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and renowned composers Hans Zimmer & Steven Kofsky.
While the news might send a ripple of nostalgia through fans of the iconic venue, the new proprietors have committed to preserving its legacy. They have ensured that the building's original façade will remain intact and that the Maida Vale spirit will continue to thrive. Plans are already afoot for a lavish multi-million-pound refurbishment of the existing studio spaces.
This announcement follows the BBC's unveiling of its ambitious project in London's East Bank, slated to open in 2025. The state-of-the-art BBC studios, designed to host a medley of the world's most illustrious musical acts, promise to be a landmark in the city's cultural scene. Notably, it will also be home to the world's largest sheet music collection, ensuring that music enthusiasts have much to look forward to.
Apart from its vast archives, the new venue will come alive with diverse musical sessions, from the energetic vibes of Radio 1 Live Lounge to the classical strains of BBC Proms rehearsals. And in a move that is sure to excite music aficionados, the public will be welcomed to be a part of these live sessions.
Reflecting on this monumental transition, Lorna Clarke, Director of Music at the BBC, remarked, "Maida Vale's imprint on the BBC and popular culture is profound. The sale ensures that this iconic building will continue to be a hub for world-class music." She also expressed her enthusiasm about the new studios at East Bank, emphasizing its role in the next chapter of BBC's musical journey.
As the sun sets on Maida Vale's era under the BBC, it rises promisingly on its new chapter with its esteemed owners and the forthcoming state-of-the-art venue at East Bank, reiterating the timeless adage – the music, indeed, goes on.