As part of our continuing Roger Kay Lecture series, we were delighted to welcome Peter Wadsworth to Bury Grammar School to learn more about his passion for Strawberry Studios.
Strawberry Studios was a Stockport based recording studio established in 1967 and throughout its illustrious career saw the likes of 10cc, Paul McCartney, The Bay City Rollers, Joy Division, The Happy Mondays and The Smiths create some of their most iconic work there.
Peter took staff and students from across the school on a historical journey of the studios. While at first, many students seemed unfamiliar with some of the artists by name, a wave of realisation often swept across the room as the distinctive opening bars of “I’m Not in Love” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” were played in the Roger Kay Hall. Many of the staff, however, could be seen tapping their toes in time and even singing along, inadvertently revealing their secret Bay City Rollers fan club membership in the process.
There are some rare beautiful occasions that bring multiple generations of music fans together, and Peter was able to achieve such a feat by sharing what is Strawberry Studios’ most famous creation, “Grandma We Love You” by St Winifred’s School Choir.
Peter delivered a fascinating insight into not only the history of the studios, but also his work collecting and curating artefacts celebrating the artists who recorded there. His exhibition Strawberry Studios: I Am in Love has been shortlisted for Exhibition of the Year in the 2018 Northern Soul awards.
Peter also kindly donated two copies of original sheet music from 10cc to our music departments. Our music students look forward to bringing these sounds to life once again!