Connah’s Quay music studio supports vulnerable people in the community



A SUCCESSFUL Deeside music studio, specializing in supporting vulnerable members of the community, is delighted to mark four decades of existence.

Those involved with Michael Clarke Studio provide guitar and bass lessons in the community and are especially keen to help people who have low self-esteem, suffer from anxiety and depression, or other mental health issues. .

The Hall Lane-based professional recording studio at Connah’s Quay, which has its own label – TrichordRecords – is run by Michael Clarke.

Michael opened the studio after he finished performing with rock band Tokyo in 1983.

On the studio recording side, Recordingmcs has been around for 10 years, and the TrichordRecords label was launched in 2021.

The studio itself will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2023.

Michael is one of the studio’s two tutors, along with Steve Collins, and he is also a producer, composer and arranger. The studio engineer is TJ Gorman.

Michael says he is “very privileged” to have worked alongside several talented local artists over the years.

He added: “I have always had a very close connection to the community and have had tremendous satisfaction over the years watching the students form groups and perform live.

“Especially nervous or depressed people who just think ‘I can’t’, then 45 minutes later they realize A) they can and B) walk away with a smile on their face and can’t wait to be on the next class.

“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people over the years who started out as students and are now friends, and the number of friendships that have formed in this room over the years. year.

Over the years, Michael Clarke Studios has worked with a list of artists from North Wales and Cheshire. They also worked a lot with Radio Deeside.

Michael added: “The business is a huge amount for me. It started with a few students and has only grown, we are also proud to be able to give back to the community in which we are based.

“We’re definitely going to have a party next year that will undoubtedly be loud and proud. It just seems surreal that the place is still in business after 40 years and is a testament to the people who have worked here and our customers.

“Music is recognized as being very therapeutic for mental health and that is why we are particularly committed to attracting people who are looking for an outlet.”

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