Banging the drum for doomer Lower Hillmorton Road studio

Great Central Recording Studio is under threat of closure. It's been used by Rugby bands for decades
Great Central Recording Studio is under threat of closure. It's been used by Rugby bands for decades

Musicians are being urged to rally around a practice studio facing closure after more than 20 years in business.

Rugby Music Studio in Lower Hillmorton Road may come to an end if the landowner, the neighbouring Rugby Gymnastics Club, moves to much-needed new premises.

Studio manager Pete Bain is forming a ‘social community enterprise business’ backed by a board of trustees in an attempt to save - and improve - the facility.

Pete, a former bassist for cult Rugby band Spacemen 3, said: “The studio is an important part of Rugby’s community.

“What I want to do is create a better facility under much fairer conditions, so that Rugby musicians feel like they’re actually investing in their studio.”

Andy Walker, 31, guitar teacher for Warwickshire County Music Service and guitarist for Rugby band White Men Can’t Funk, said: “The studio is an invaluable resource for local musicians. Without it there would be nowhere for them to practice at proper volumes.”

Tom Collings, 17, vocalist and bassist for Obsessed By Cruelty, said that the studio had been responsible for helping out some great local bands in the past. He added: “I think it’s very important to rehearse in an environment which has a professional feel that can inspire you.”

Dinesh Fernando, 46, guitarist for The Powderblue Band, said: “There is no alternative to having a proper room to play together at gig volumes.

“My eldest son is in a band and I’d hate to think that they wouldn’t have access to the same facilities that we had.”

The gymnastics club is planning to move to new facilities at Rugby Town Junior Football Club on Kilsby Lane.

Gill McKee, development director at the club, said: “We have to move because we’ve outgrown the building.

“It’s very old, very tired, and it’s really come to the end of its time.”

Pete added: “I think that both Rugby’s musicians and gymnasts deserve better facilities, and I think it can all be achieved.”

To get involved in the initiative to save the studio, call Pete on (01788) 542123.