Welcome to Crown Lane Studio, here is a little about what we do and the people behind the business.
The Vision for Crown Lane Studio: To create a first-class recording complex, to enhance the micro-economy of Morden and to educate and inspire the local community to actively engage with music.
We have achieved this vision by launching Crown Lane Studio in 2007 in the heart of Morden Town Centre. In 2010, we expanded our double-room studio to include a further Rehearsal and Recording Room, Edit Suite and Office, and welcoming entrance through the adjacent Town Centre Fair Trade Coffee House.
We are constantly evolving to keep Crown Lane at the cutting edge of the creative sector, and are pioneering new ways to be a more sustainable business in the arts.
You will find most of what you need within this website, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch, so Crown Lane can soon become part of your story too.
Director, Crown Lane Productions Ltd.
Studio manager and co-director of Crown Lane, John Merriman graduated in 2001 from Canterbury Christ Church University with a 2:1 in Music (Audio Engineering and Percussion focus) and a PGCE teaching qualification in music. Alongside always working in music production, he has hosted creative music related training courses in many different countries from Bulgaria to Zimbabwe as well as managing UK music tours.
In July 2007 he ceased working as a music teacher at Cheam High School where he was both Head of Music Technology and a governor, to pursue his major passion in recording and producing music. He and his wife, Ruth (co-director) have put everything into making Crown Lane the home for musicians that it has become. In 2013, John won the Merton Borough Civic Award for Arts and Entertainment and the overall award for the night.
Bill has worked at Crown Lane since 2008 and is involved with session playing, recording, producing and mastering. Bill has been playing guitar, bass and singing in bands and studios since the 70s! Yes, he’s THAT old… This has included Festival, T.V and radio work.
Prior to working at Crown Lane and in addition to regularly gigging with a variety of bands, Bill worked in the I.T. industry for 20 years followed by work teaching adults I.T. as well as Maths and English at Kings College London and South Thames College.
Bill has a keen ear for music and pays great attention to getting the best sound from instruments and singers. He is particularly focused on guitar and bass tone due to his experience playing and recording with these instruments.
Bill’s own gear includes:- Paul Reed Smith McCarty rosewood guitar, Roger Giffin Custom Strat, Lowden F32 acoustic, Washburn Nylon string acoustic, Fender Jazz active 5 string, Two Rock Studio Pro Plus amp, and Boutique effects pedals from Empress, Xotic and Retro-Sonic et al.
Co-Director of Crown Lane, and wife to John, Ruth has two main functions at Crown Lane Studio. One is to make sure the studio runs efficiently second is to keep the studio engaged with the local community.
Crown Lane seeks to grow and enhance community-life in Morden Town Centre. We mainly do this through being on the leadership of ‘Love Morden’, a group of Morden-based business owners and organisations, keen to strengthen community, enhance Morden’s micro-economy, and most importantly have some fun!
The studio has become a home from home for many local musicians who spend time here regularly. We love to work with local schools and other community organisations, and we support the work of two special charities Young Minds and Zimkids. Crown Lane wouldn’t be the exciting and creative hub it is without the diverse community of people it works with.
If you need to make a booking, come and visit the studio, or find out how we can help you engage with music and the local community, Ruth’s your girl. She loves to chat, to listen, to organise, to encourage and to enthuse, so if you pop in when she’s around , Ruth would love to have a cuppa with you!