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Studio in memory of sound engineer.

Byline: Neil Atkinson ,

Career step Charlie Jones on steps of the famous Abbey Road Studios, where he had been working TRAINING A student from a Women in Sound Engineering and Production course checks out the equipment in the Charlie Jones training room at the School of Sound Recording in Manchester

RECORDED Jose Carreras - one star Charlie Jones worked with

Family want name to live on

FAMILY and friends of a man who became a legend in sound engineering are determined his name will live on.

Charlie Jones, of Upper Cumberworth, died at the age of 50 last June after rising to the top as an acclaimed sound engineer.

Now a new pounds 300,000 studio will be opened in his name next month in Manchester.

And youngsters who want to follow in his footsteps as sound engineers can take up scholarships funded by his family and friends.

They want youngsters to have the chance to emulate Charlie's career.

The Barnsley-born engineer worked around the world with some of music's biggest names, including Jose Carreras, New Order, Chris Rea and The Pixies.

He co-ordinated sound facilities for major events including the global broadcast of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations and many of the Michael Flatley dance tours.

Now his sister Helen, of Upper Denby, and Holmfirth-based Chris Hill, a friend and business associate, will sponsor scholarships at the School of Sound Recording in Manchester. The studio is also sponsoring one of the scholarships, worth pounds 6,500 each.

The new 2,000-square foot Live Training Room at the Manchester studio will be named The Charlie Jones Sound Studio and will open on February 1.

It will allow students the chance to mix and record live bands and use state of the art equipment.

Charlie Jones pioneered live music in Barnsley in the 1980s and later promoted bands at Wakefield's Unity Hall before confirming his reputation as a sound engineer.

One of his first bands was Saxon, who became a major rock name in the UK.

His sister, Helen Jones, said: "My brother was a very special man and I knew there had to be a special way to remember his life and contribution to the industry.

"One of his greatest rewards was to able to pass on his knowledge and skills to the next generation of sound engineers through teaching the new kids on the block.

"We never realised how much time he had devoted until close friends and colleagues discussed it collectively.

"The real point of the scholarship is to make sure that young people with a great passion to get into this type of work are given a chance, regardless of their social circumstances and whether or not they can afford it.

"Charlie would never have dreamt that he could have achieved what he has from his humble beginnings. There have to be other kids who need a break in life and this is who we are aiming at."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Obituary
Date:Jan 5, 2007
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