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    Weʼve raised £4,410 to have a commemorative plaque put up by Westminster Council outside Britain's first gramophone recording studio on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.

    London, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 1st December 2018

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    In 1898, a group of pioneering music enthusiasts working for The Gramophone Company opened Britain's first gramophone recording studio in the basement smoking-room of an old hotel at 31 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. On rudimentary equipment in this improvised studio, the men captured sound and pressed some of the earliest records. 31 Maiden Lane now houses a pizza parlour called Fire & Stone, and nowhere on the building is there mention of its rich heritage. It seems perverse that the only round things celebrated in this building are the pizzas (delicious though they may be). I want to raise the £3,500 +VAT and fees needed to fund a Westminster Council green plaque to mark the building's crucial and someone secret role in launching what is now a £4.4bn industry. The Gramophone Company went on to to merge with Columbia to become EMI, and within decades it had moved to far more illustrious premises on Abbey Road.... The early days of the recorded music industry have always fascinated me and are the subject of my novel, The Industry of Human Happiness.



    • James Hall8 months ago
      James Hall

      James Hall

      8 months ago

      I'm delighted to say that all the funds for the commemorative plaque campaign have now been raised! It's wonderful news and I can't thank you all enough. I've today alerted Westminster Council, and I await news on next steps... I'll keep you fully posted. James

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      1 year ago
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    • James Hall

      James Hall

      Nov 20, 2018

      I think this means we've done it!


    • Alice Scales

      Alice Scales

      Nov 15, 2018

      Bravo for doing this James! Such a great idea XXX


    • Claire Armstrong

      Claire Armstrong

      Nov 13, 2018


    • Dominic Armstrong

      Dominic Armstrong

      Nov 13, 2018

      Wonderful crusade James. Good luck pushing it over the line. With much love


    • James Hall

      James Hall

      Nov 12, 2018

      Personal top-up. Nearly there!

    • Jonathan Holmes

      Jonathan Holmes

      Aug 17, 2018

      This is a wonderful idea - I can't wait to see the plaque when it's installed!


    • James Hall

      James Hall

      Aug 9, 2018

      From Royal London Asset Management towards the Maiden Lane plaque.


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