15th January 2020

Winter School 2020 announced!

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Every year in February we host a week-long Winter School at Visconti Studio, where we invite a prominent record producer to work with an artist alongside a small team of observers/interns. Our first Winter School was with Tony Visconti and last year it was run by Chris Kimsey. The rationale behind the project is that people can learn a lot more by observing, experiencing and assisting collaborative creativity in a hands-on way, rather than by merely reading or hearing about it.

This year our guest is acclaimed producer Peter Walsh who is well known for his ground breaking production work in music and film. Peter worked extensively with Scott Walker from 1984 until the artist’s death in 2019, and is also known for his work with Daniel Blumberg, Simple Minds, Heaven 17, Pulp, The Alarm and many more!

The 2020 Winter School will run from the 10th – 14th of February, with places available for up to 7 observers/interns.
The cost is £380 for the full week, or £80 per day and will include lunch & refreshments. The days will run from 10am until 6pm.

Please note: spaces are strictly limited – book online via the link below:

You can see pictures from last year’s Winter School here.

Course Description:

  • During the week you will observe / take part in a real professional recording session in-progress. You will be at the centre of the creative process, and will get the chance to gain privileged insight into how studio-based work is collaboratively achieved. From selecting and setting up equipment, assisting sound engineering and studio operations to working with artists and keeping the creative atmosphere positively charged, participants will pick up many new skills and insights into how records are made in large format recording facilities.
  • At the end of the week-long experience, you will receive Visconti Studio Winter School certification and the satisfaction that you assisted in the production of a new release, working with a group of world-class musicians and alongside a legendary figure of contemporary studio culture.
  • The Visconti Studio is our analogue/digital hybrid studio based around an extraordinary 300m2 octagonal live room, stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment (Studer, Neve, Neumann, Universal Audio, API, EMT, Chandler). The facility also features a unique collection of instruments including a tape-based Mellotron, a Hammond organ with Leslie cabinet, orchestral percussion, and 4 house pianos including a Steinway concert grand and bespoke tack piano.