A SUCCESSFUL Deeside music studio specialising in supporting vulnerable members of the community is looking forward to marking four decades of existence.

Those involved with Michael Clarke Studio carry out guitar and bass tuition in the community and are especially keen on helping people who have low self esteem, suffer from anxiety and depression or other mental health issues.

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

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

The recording side of the studio, Recordingmcs has been running for 10 years, and the label TrichordRecords was launched in 2021.

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

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

Michael says he is 'very privileged' to have worked alongside several talented local artists down the years.

He added: "I have always had very close ties to the community and have had a huge amount of satisfaction over the years watching students go on to form bands and play live.

"Especially the people who are nervous or depressed who just think "I cant", then 45 minutes later they realise A) they can and B) leave with a smile on their face and can't wait for the next lesson.

"I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity of meeting a lot of amazing people over the years who started out as students and are now friends , and the number of friendships that have been formed in that room over the years.

Over the years, Michael Clarke Studios has worked with a roster of artists across North Wales and Cheshire. They have also done a lot of work with the likes of Radio Deeside.

Michael added: "The business means a huge amount to me. It started out as a couple of students and just grew and grew, we are also proud to be able to give back to the community in which we are based.

"We are definitely going to have a party next year which undoubtedly will be loud and proud. It just seems surreal that the place is still going after 40 years and is a testament to the people who have worked here and our clients.

"Music is recognised as being very therapeutic for mental health and that is why we are especially driven to get people in who are looking for an outlet."

For more information, visit: www.michaelclarkestudio.co.uk