Vocal Recording Course Oct 1-3rd 2021

We’re delighted to announce the dates and details of The Premises Vocal Recording Workshop 2021. It’s gonna be a blinder, with stellar teachers in the best and friendliest music studios in London. Our tutors this year are renowned jazz vocalist Sarah Moule and composer Simon Wallace, plus a Masterclass with the brilliant Liane Carroll.

Live Streaming in Studio A

Recording Studio A is now fully rigged with 4k cameras and lighting for HD streaming, video shoots, vlogcasts, online ticketed gigs etc. Recent live performance shoots include… Tomorrow’s Warriors, Puppini Sisters and Black Country, New Road (see Observer review below) as well as the weekly Spotify No.1 music podcast ‘Who We Be’.

With everything in house, from excellent cameras, lenses and lighting to broadcasters, catering and camera operators, we make it easy to capture performances; tailoring sessions to the specific demands of the project. 

Get in touch to discuss: recordings@premisesstudios.com

The full article is here.

Music’s not dead – how the Premises kept Hackney Road upbeat through the pandemic

You can read our feature in the Hackney Citizen here.

23rd Annual Piano Week 28th August – 1st Sept 2021

Led by Nikki Yeoh

Places on this unique course are limited to just 15 people. To apply for a place at the all-inclusive early bird price of £395, email now: michele@premiseseducation.org

Jazz, Blues, Funk and Latin piano intensive workshop for the last week of summer holidays.
Led by awarding-winning jazz pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh
With the help of experienced and renowned tutors:
Tim Richards
John Crawford
Robert Mitchell
Fancy honing your piano skills with the best in the legendary Premises Studios, where the good and the great – from Nina Simone to Robert Glasper – have rehearsed and recorded? Want to create beautiful sounds with the guidance, encouragement and expertise of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tutors in the biz? Want to walk away with a professional studio recording of your best version of a jazz standard (or your own tune) complete with a top flight rhythm section? Want to work hard, have fun, and learn the techniques of improvisation, rhythm, studio recording, harmonies and modal jazz?

Then this is most certainly the course for you. We provide everything you would expect from a top music studio. All you need to bring is your desire to improve and a willingness to get playful, curious and experiment with sounds and techniques not yet in your piano comfort zone.
Do you need to be a top-grade musician already? Nope. Sure, it’s good to know your way around the keys and have a good working knowledge of chord progressions, scales and have a good sense of rhythm and melody, but we’re pretty sure whatever your level, we can help you not only get much better quite quickly, you will also remember how much fun it is to play when you are not being taught to the test. Sometimes weekly lessons and practice for exams can suck the joy out of music. So why not spend the last blast of the post-Covid summer restoring that joy, and becoming a much better and more confident player as well?
On the first day of the course, we’ll get a sense of your ability and put you into a group where you feel most at ease with the pace of tuition. From there on in, each day will be spent learning and perfecting new sounds and new skills, doing masterclasses and playing with like-minded musicians. On the final day you will go into Recording Studio A and cut a track of your choice with a dream-ticket bass player and drummer. The result will be your own master recording of a piece that you’ve thoroughly nailed and made your own.
Most importantly, you will have fun. Nikki Yeoh and the other tutors know how to tease out your playful, creative, experimental side, whilst making sure that your technique in all jazz-related forms is better crafted and more accomplished than you may have thought possible.

Topics covered
• Jazz harmony and chord voicings
• Blues
• Bebop
• Modal jazz
• Latin/Brazilian jazz
• Improvisation techniques
• Funk
• Recording your own track with a top rhythm section: Winston Clifford, drums (Courtney Pine, Jason Rebello, Archie Shepp, Julian Joseph etc) and Dominic Howles, bass (Stacey Kent, Don Weller, Anita Wardell, Christine Tobin etc)


Course Leader Nikki Yeoh
Nikki came to prominence in the 1990s with her own band INFINITUM, featuring Mark Mondesir and Keith Le Blanc, that has performed at the London, Cheltenham and Bath Jazz Festivals and at the Royal Festival Hall. Her style is contemporary and original. Nikki is a former member of Courtney Pine’s band and has worked with many world-class musicians, including John Surman, The Roots, Billy Cobham and Cleveland Watkiss. A gifted teacher and music educator, she is a regular headliner at Ronnie Scott’s Club and was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards..

Tim Richards
One of the UK’s leading pianists, composers and jazz educators, Tim has been teaching on the Piano Week since 1997. He is best known as leader of the modern jazz groups SPIRIT LEVEL and GREAT SPIRIT, touring extensively throughout the UK and Europe in the 80s and 90s with musicians such as Ed Jones, Pete King, Jason Yarde, Seb Rochford, Tony Kofi and Gilad Atzmon. He has released over a dozen albums as a leader, including three TRIO albums for the 33Jazz label. His most recent album, ‘Telegraph Hill’, by the six-piece HEXTET, was described in The Observer as ‘A joy from beginning to end’. Tim is also the author of several acclaimed tutor books published by Schott Music, including ‘Improvising Blues Piano’, ‘Exploring Jazz Piano’ and (with John Crawford) ‘Exploring Latin Piano’.
www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk     www.youtube.com/user/timrichards2007

John Crawford
John Crawford is a mainstay on the UK jazz and Latin scene, and has performed all over the world with many prestigious artists including Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Lewis Taylor, Eumir Deodato, Bjork, Ola Onabule, and Norma Winstone. His 2012 release “Ulia River of Time” was nominated in the USA by the Independent Music Awards for best album in the Jazz category. He has written 2 books for Schott Publishers and 1 for Oxford University Press, Piano Globetrotters. “Latin flavoured Jazz from master of the genre” Jazz Journal

Robert Mitchell
Composer and pianist Robert Mitchell has over 20 years experience in performing, composing and teaching both the standard modes of jazz piano as well as his signature one-handed technique. He has toured with Courtney Pine, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby and many other jazz greats, as well as in his own long-standing ensemble Panacea. His passion is blending his love of Jazz with elements of soul, R & B and popular music of the 60s and 70s.  His largest composition, Invocation, has been performed by the award-winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. He has vast experience in delivering masterclasses in improvisation, techniques, performance and practice.

Places on this unique course are limited to just 15 people. To book your place at the all-inclusive early bird price of £395, email now: michele@premiseseducation.org


All of our studios are open 7 days a weeks for rehearsals and recording.

There are currently some necessary restrictions

and a strict health protocol, both for your safety and ours.

Email bookings@premisesstudios.com for rehearsals or for 

long let studios, or call 0207 729 7593 and let us know what you need.

For recording enquiries please email recordings@premisesstudios.com.

FILMING IN STUDIO A.  In association with

Panasonic, our main recording studio can be rigged with lights

and cameras for 4K filming, allowing you to create Ultra HD

quality video content with master quality audio.

Example: Jamie Cullum/Fatima at The Premises

Special offer to Premises members:

A one-day record and film package, with engineer and videographer
(in-house edit included) for just £950 + Vat.

Many other flexible options available too, including full-on live band streaming with super-fast upload speeds. 

Email: recordings@premisesstudios.com for enquiries.

Can’t wait to see you all again, it’s been a while!

Julia Craik RIP

Very sad to report that Julia Craik, our lovely Managing Director at The Premises Studios, passed away in hospital yesterday morning. The immediate cause was heart failure following complications from what seems to have been a severe bout of Covid-19.
Her partner Richard was able to be with her when she died and is of course very distraught. We spoke to her last week and although she was obviously in a lot of pain, she and Richard were very hopeful that the worst was over.
We are all in shock. Julia was our super-organised big sister for the past 24 years and we will miss her dearly.

Premises Summer Party 2018

The 2018 Premises Studios Summer Party on June 30th was a huge blast, thanks to all the 400 people and the amazing bands, artists and DJ’s who made it feel like a mini festival…
Here’s the first set of photos from the night, courtesy of Sally Hossack. Send us yours and we’ll add the best of them to this page!
You can also hear more from the artists who played at the links below: