The BBC has announced that new music studios are under development in Stratford, East London.
The new studios, part of the Stratford Waterfront development by the London Legacy Development Corporation, will be a base for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the BBC Singers and will regularly be used by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The site will allow the BBC to record and broadcast more live music with the new music recording equipment and rehearsal space. BBC’s radio stations BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Asian Network, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music, plus BBC Introducing, will all curate and broadcast performances regularly from the site.
The move will make an impact on the local area, partnering with local education groups and venues to hold outdoor events, workshops and music sessions in schools and music hubs.
“The future home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, BBC Singers and our rock and pop recording facilities is one of the most exciting cultural developments in London,” said BBC Director General Tony Hall. “With so many world class arts organisations on one site there will be great opportunities for partnerships and new projects - and we’re looking forward to getting involved.”
The new venture will see the BBC join other cultural and educational institutions in the area of the city, accompanying the likes of the V&A, Sadler’s Wells and the London College Of Fashion.
James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education, added, “This proposed new building will act as a magnet for music development in East London and will allow us to share our music facilities and expertise with local, diverse communities as well as being a much better place for our brilliant music staff to work from.”
The move is planned for 2022/23.