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Folkestra: Recording Residential

Posted on 27 February 2017


Folkestra: Recording Residential – Day One


It’s been 10 years since Sage Gateshead’s Regional Youth Ensemble Folkestra last produced a CD.

So for this years February residential we are in the Old Church Studio in Thropton (5 minutes from Rothbury), to spend a few days recording and producing an album!

We arrived a little bit damp but Storm Doris hasn’t stopped a good days rehearsal and a couple of games back at the bunkhouse. Early night ready for a walk with Alistair Anderson tomorrow before heading to the studio to start recording.

Album out soon…watch this space!


Folkestra: Recording Residential – Day Two


We kicked off our morning with a walk up to Lordenshaw, lead by the venerable Alistair Anderson. The walk took us 2 hours and involved mud, fields, stray sheep and falling over, especially by Hannah in her lovely white trainers. Then it was back to the studio for recording into the evening (Sophie, Folkestra).


Folkestra: Recording Residential – Day Three


Another couple of days in the studio followed by a celebration performance of all we have learned on Sunday afternoon.

We’ve all had a turn at studio engineering, recording and editing each other and we now have 7 tracks ready for final editing and if you don’t mind us saying we think they sound great.

Thankyou, Adam Forster for your engineering expertise and the Old Church Studio. www.theoldchurchstudio.co.uk