A music studio is rising from the ashes of a “devastating” a mill fire.
The owners of the Quax recording studio lost everything when a massive blaze broke out in an old mill building off Britannia Road in Milnsbridge in March.
But one month on, they are picking up the pieces and plan to re-launch themselves as a new studio called Phoenix.
Although still waiting for insurance assessors to replace their lost £17,000 worth of kit, owners Shelley Aldred and Stuart Cummins are already back composing songs for their main project, a musical.
They lost the master copies when the desk they were stored on was destroyed in the fire.
It has been penned by American producer Elizabeth Gray, who has just returned to her home in Los Angeles after spending six days with the couple at their makeshift office in their Crosland Moor home.
“I was in shock when I heard what had happened”, said trained playwright Elizabeth, who has also been working on a CNN channel documentary on American spies.
“For an artist to lose their work is devastating.
“I met Shelley and Stuart on a performances and writers’ online network called Stage 23 and had this gut feeling that they were the ones for the musical.
WATCH Quax recording studio members at work below
“It’s a satirical comic, melodrama set in the old American west and there are villains, showgirls and more.
“So we’re determined to get the musical finished.
“We’ve worked on and finished six songs while I’ve been here so they will be able to be recorded and we’ve done lots of planning, including for the other five songs we’ve still to write.”
Shelley and Stuart will have to rely on the goodwill of industry friends to get the music completed and hope, with Elizabeth, to have it performed both in the UK and USA.
LOOK at aerial pumps at the fire below
But Shelley believes that the owner of the mill may decide to refurbish what remains.
“We’re going to have to beg or borrow recording equipment.
“I think it will take us another six months to complete.
“We did have other projects on the go but we’ve been unable to carry on with them due to what was lost.
“It’s all still up in the air regarding the studio.
“We’ve taken the loss adjustor dealing with our insurer to evaluate the equipment we lost so we can get replacements and are waiting on the mill’s landlord to see what refurbishment on the building hes going to make, if any.
“It’s been really hard but we’re looking forward and this has given us the opportunity to start from afresh.”