Yet it fills one with sadness that so great a recording studio may soon be frozen in time as a museum. What will happen to our fine living composers – and we do have one or two – when they wish to be recorded? On the steps of what building will today's Elgars stand with their young prodigies? At this rate, we shall soon have to revert to the old wartime morale-boosting practice of having recordings of what are deemed to be important works made under the auspices of the British Council. Otherwise, a whole chapter of our culture would close.
If Abbey Road has any value, it needs to be a working recording studio and not a recording-studio-themed visitor attraction.