The Sound Fellowship Awards Lunch 2009Our third annual APRS Sound Fellowship Lunch and awards ceremony was held on Tuesday 17 November 2009 and attracted top names to west London’s Roof Gardens venue in Kensington, including first-time appearances by Peter Gabriel and Trevor Horn.
The Sound Fellowship Awards were inaugurated in 2007 to mark the 60th Anniversary of the APRS and to recognise excellence and achievement within the recording industry.
Sir George and Giles Martin bestowed the awards in an atmosphere of conviviality and pride, while Jeremy Lascelles of Chrysalis Music followed his keynote speech by proposing the Harewood Toast in honour of his father and original APRS president, the Earl of Harewood.
Awards were bestowed on engineer Bob Clearmountain,
producer Steve Lillywhite
, innovaator and manufacturer Phil Dudderidge
, Peter Gabriel
and producers Trevor Horn
and Robin Millar
In response to a citation by Rupert Hine, Robin Millar was in eloquent form as he outlined his raison d’etre in the studio, while video messages of thanks were sent by absentee Fellows, Bob Clearmountain, Steve Lillywhite and Focusrite’s Phil Dudderidge.Dave Harries
, the veteran of Abbey Road, Air, Decca and British Grove Studios received the Lifetime Contribution
honour and was hailed as “a
very great friend” by Sir George Martin.
“People tend to forget the fact that the studios make 90% of the catalogue material that keeps the music business afloat,”
commented APRS Executive Director, Peter Filleul. “We are seeing a fresh realisation of the value of the professional recording sector having the skills, expertise and equipment to produce consistently top quality recordings. Our recipients this year are testament not only to production creativity but also their entrepreneurial courage and commitment to technological and commercial innovation.”
The APRS is extremely grateful to the following sponsors of this year's event: