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08 December 2022

Arthur travels to London to follow in the footsteps of some the UK’s biggest musicians

An Edinburgh College Music student followed in the footsteps of some of the country’s biggest artists and composers after being invited down to London to record his own music in one of the UK’s most iconic recording studios.

BA (Hons) Degree student Arthur Hill travelled down to London with his Music and Sound Production lecturer Allan Glen to record an original piece of music that he wrote in preparation for the visit.

Twenty-one-year-old Arthur recorded original piece of music Month of September during the one-hour slot he had been allocated in AIR Studios' Lyndhurst Hall.

Arthur was invited down as one of six student composers picked from colleges and universities from all over the country to make use of recording time in the studios, which would otherwise not had been used due to the cancellation of another booking on short-notice at the studios.

Lyndhurst Hall is one of the world’s largest recording rooms, with a live area that accommodates a full symphony orchestra and choir simultaneously, with an inspiring acoustic that musicians love.

There have been a number of Oscar-winning and nominated works recorded in the Hall, and recent projects recorded there include the James Bond film, composed by Hans Zimmer, and Disney’s Cruella, composed by Nicholas Britell.

Listen to Memories of September on Arthur’s SoundCloud.

Arthur said: “It was an incredible day, a really amazing experience. We turned up at the studios early in the morning as they were setting up and as the orchestra was coming in and it was amazing to be in that place and seeing it all happening.

“There was six of us students in total and we had award-winning British composer Ben Foster conducting us and it was just a really, really incredible experience. Hearing the first note played of my piece was amazing, especially when you spend quite a lot of time working on it, including a few sleepless nights.”

“After college, I'm hoping to go on and do a Masters maybe in musicology or music analysis. I think ultimately a career in music academia would be my main goal.”

Music and Sound Production curriculum team manager Allan Glen said: “This is an incredible opportunity for someone just starting out in their career. To say that you have recorded in the same studio as Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman is something that few composers will ever get.”