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About David Wood

David Wood has spent his entire working life in the music industry; gaining experience in retail, e-tail, recording, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, licencing, intellectual property, digital rights management, music law and finance.

David was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2012 # and awarded a Honorary Fellowship by the Independent Contemporary Music Awards in 1987 #. In 1987, he also gained a diploma in music theory from the ICMA; an associateship diploma in harmony, counterpoint, musical form and history of music from the London College of Music # and was the recipient of a National Operatic and Dramatic Association Musical Director of the Year award #.

David has previously sat on the BBC local advisory council #; the board of the education and music charity More Music # and judging panels for national and international music competitions. He has been a music industry analyst and commentator for media and broadcasting organisations; and guest speaker and panelist at music industry conferences and higher education establishments. One of David's businesses [Promenade Music] won Lancaster City Council Business of the Year in 1997, and he appeared in the Who's Who of Britain's Business Elite in 2002.

Autodidact... David has always had a love of self-learning. After leaving school in 1983, he studied Music in Huddersfield # and Sound Recording at SSR Manchster #. In the early 1990's he studied Law which has helped him in the music industry and in the early 2000's discovered a love of Economics. He is currently studying 'Data Science: Probability' online at Harvard University via edX. His areas of self-study over the years have included (1) Practical & Theory of Music (2) Musical Instruments and their Manufacturers from circa 1900 to present day (3) Recording & Publishing (4) Retailing & Etailing [purchasing, sales, marketing, finance, management, IT, etc] (5) Music Law [contracts, rights management, trademarks, competition law, interpolation / samples, etc] (6) Financial Economics [value investing, contrarian investing, fundamental analysis, capital structure, financial markets, shareholder value, financial statement analysis].

Mentors... David has had several life-changing mentors including Doug D'Arcy # [ex President of Chrysalis Records and co-shareholder with David in Faith & Hope Records]; the late Major Peter Parkes [eminent British musician and musical director) and the late Edmond J Safra # [one of the most accomplished bankers of the 20th century].

Early Life ... Born in 1966, David began private music lessons at the age of six years old; and was having weekly lessons in theory, bass trombone, piano, organ, bass guitar and singing by the age of ten years old. By secondary school, practicing and experimenting with recording equipment consumed David's life. As a student, he played in Local, County [Lancashires Schools] and National (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) ensembles; entered and won music festivals; and played the King in Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's children's opera 'All the King's Men'. David's first experience of performing was in the hotel his father ran and by the time he was eleven years old, David was performing weekly and had begun recording, manufacturing and selling cassettes to fund new instruments and equipment. By new years eve 1978, David played his first properly paid gig with local musician John Jeffries who paid him £100. David caught the bug for performing, and by 1980, was playing his first summer season and continued to record, manufacture and sell cassettes to fund more instruments and equipment.

Early Professional Life ... David's early years as a professional musician were extremely diverse. He made his living teaching both in private practice and in the Yamaha Music School he owned; as a jingle writer creating local adverts for agencies and broadcasters; arranging; proof-reading and copying for a music publisher; playing and demonstrating instruments for music manufacturers; live, studio and theatre musician (both as a player and musical director).

Promenade Music ... David is the founder - and sole shareholder - of the award winning music business Promenade Music that he established in 1989. The backbone of the business is the sale of a vast range of musical instruments, equipment and related services including a music school, hire, rental, service, repair, installation and recording. Promenade Music's shop offers musicians "one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England". Operating from 14,000 sq ft of retail, teaching, office and warehousing space that David owns in Morecambe, England; Promenade Music holds vast amounts of stock, and has held main dealerships with over two hundred of the World's leading manufacturers. The business expanded in to mail-order sales in 1990, online sales in 1995, and third-party sales platforms (Amazon, Ebay) more recently. Promenade Music exhibits at many UK music shows and advertises through specialist press, direct marketing, online and through social media. As well as having customers who are student, amateur and professional musicians; Promenade Music also supplies places of worship through its Music4Worship imprint and educational establishments (schools, colleges, universities, conservatoires) through its Educat imprint.

Brand Owner ... David is the owner of Levin Guitars, Collard & Collard Pianos, Beverley Drums, Arena, Mendieta Classical Guitars, ResoVille Resonator Guitars; Charles Howes & Son Pianos and Westcoast Guitars.

Sole UK Importer ... David is the sole importer in the UK of Content Digital Classical Organs (Holland); RainSong Carbon Graphite Guitars (USA); Marleaux Bass Guitars (Germany); Northwood Acoustic Guitars (Canada); GFI Pedal Steel Guitars (USA) and Mullen Pedal Steel Guitars (USA); Krivo Pick-ups (USA), Yairi Guitars (Japan) and .

UK Importer ... David is a UK importer of ToneWoodAmp (USA); Ohana Ukuleles (USA); Deering Banjos (USA); Eich Amplification (Germany) and Maestro Acoustic Guitars (Singapore); Kandu Cajons (Israel).

Musical Instrument Main Dealerships ... David is a UK main dealer for over one hundred leading music industry brands including Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Kawai, Marshall, Fender, Boss, CF Martin, Vox, Takamine, Adams, Orange, Tanglewood, Gretsch, Shure, Tascam, Line 6, Bose, Ramirez, D'Angelico, AER, Gallien-Krueger, Yanagisawa, Stentor, Jimmy Moon, Atkin, Alto, Alesis, ElectroVoice, Ashdown, Hammond, Gitane, Viscount, Rickenbacker, JBL, MusicMan, Trevor James, Breedlove, Faith, Hohner, Godin, Electro-Harmonix, Ludwig, Mapex, Seagull, Roli, Bridge, MXR, Nord, Brian May Guitars, PRS, Pearl, Meinl, Sabian, Paiste... and many more.

Faith & Hope Records ... David is the co-founder - and thirty percent shareholder - of the British based record label and publishing company Faith & Hope Records Ltd which he and Neil Claxton [his ex-pupil and fellow co-founder] established in 1997. The company have had a series of hits singles - including the 2008 UK number one hit single "Singin' In The Rain" #  - and have had their music on lots of TV shows, adverts and Hollywood films. The company opened Faith & Hope Songs (publishing) in 2000 and Areebo (music synchronisation). Faith & Hope became a pivotal part of the Manchester music scene in the noughties and David and Neil welcomed their mentor, and ex Chrysalis Records president, Doug D'Arcy in to the company as an equal equity shareholder. Faith & Hope have supplied music supervisors and professionals from the worlds of film, television, advertising and games with music; and are one of the few UK independent record labels and publishing companies to have entered major licensing deals and/or joint ventures with most major music companies (Universal, EMI, BMG, Sony) which is a true tribute to their visionary A&R, management and business skills.
- Featured Artisits ... Mint Royale # # ... Duffy # ... Lauren Laverne # ... Pos from De La Soul # ... Prince Buster # ... Alpinestars # ... Morning Runner # ... Subaqwa # ... DJ Dan & Grandadbob # ... Los Paranoias # ... Shirokuma # ... Grand Transmitter # ... Beats for Beginners # ... National Forest # ... Touriste # ... Buen Chico # ... Seerauber Jenny # ... Fraction # ... Budnubac # ... L.C. Anderson vs. Psycho Radio # ... U.R Penetrators #.
- Music in Films ... Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz & Cameron Diaz # ... Serendipity starring John Cusack & Kate Beckinsale # ... Get Carter (the 2000 remake) starring Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Richardson & Mickey Rourke # ... Blind Dating starring Chris Pine # ... New York Minute starring Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen # ... Kung Pow: Enter the Fist starring Steve Oedekerk # ... Van Wilder: Party Liaison starring Ryan Reynolds # ... Boy A starring Andrew Garfield # # ... The Hot Chick starring Rob Schneider # ... A Time For Dancing starring Shiri Appleby & Larisa Oleynik # ... Girls on Top starring Diana Amft # ... Bedazzled (2000 remake) starring Brendan Fraser & Elizabeth Hurley #.
- Music on TV
... The Inbetweeners #, Grey's Anatomy, Chuck #, Alias #, Spaced #, The Priory #, Mighty Boosh #, Malcolm In The Middle #, Shameless #, Queer As Folk #, Hotel Babylon #, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #...
- Music on Ads
... Volkswagen # ... Hugo Boss # ... Kelloggs ... AT&T ... Honda ... Mentos ... Vodaphone ... SKY ... Jaguar ... BBC Radio 1 ... Mars ... Toyota ... DFS ... Nokia ... New York City # etc.
- Key Tracks
... Singin' In The Rain (UK Number 1) # ... Blue Song featuring Steven Wren & Noel Fielding (UK Number 39) # ... Don't Falter featuring Lauren Laverne (UK Number 15) # ... Take It Easy (UK Top 75) # ... Sexiest Man In Jamaica featuring Prince Buster (UK Number 20) # # # # ... Terrorvision's Tequilla Mint Royale Mix (UK Number 2)  # # ... plus popular tracks like Little Words featuring Duffy # ... The Stone Roses Elephant Stone (Mint Royale Remix) # ... Something New featuring Duffy # ... Wham! Bar featuring George Michael # ... Show Me featuring Pos from De La Soul #.

Other Interests ... David has commercial property interests; shareholdings in established companies; and interests in new start-ups like the kemper profile creator Skylab Audio [33.3% owner] and the pre-school sensory music class operator Baby Band [20% owner]. As well as running his own businesses, David has had consultancy advisory roles with Monstermob Group PLC [mobile content company]; Safra Republic Holdings S.A. [bank holding company] and Hermitage Capital Management [asset management company].

FCA ... David has Financial Conduct Authority approval for Promenade Music Limited's CF8 # apportionment and oversight controlled function responsibility; and is the principal for both the FCA's regulatory processes system [Connect] and their regulatory reporting system [Gabriel] for the comapny.

Respect for Musicians ... Over his many years of gigging, David says "I did thousands of mundane gigs, and this is partly why I gave up playing. I was very lucky to play some great gigs too and I have some very happy memories of those. Ultimately, the bad gigs didn’t make up for the good ones. Out of over the four thousand or so gigs I did, there's probably less than two hundred I truly loved doing. I very much respect all those gigging musicians out there, that are doing it night in, night out".

Social Media ... Take a look at David's Twitter # ... Facebook # ... 2019 Blog # ...

Musings ...David's musings about Importing Guitars # ... Martin Hannett # ... Studying Sound Recording # ...

Son (Harrison Wood
) ... David's Son Harrison # is a leading UK professional musician [double bass and bass guitar], band leader and businessman. Born in 1991, Harrison started playing bass as a child and began playing professionally as a teenager. He is the former principal double bassist with the Halle Youth Orchestra #, National Youth Jazz Orchestra #, #, #, #, #, #,  and his previous teachers include Jiri Hudec, Bozo Paradzik, Leon Bosch, Thomas Martin, John Goldsby, Rachel Lucy Moore, Yi Xin Salvage, David Kellett and Eddie Waring.

Harrison studied at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music aka RNCM # from 2006 to 2011, firstly as a Junior at Junior RNCM, where he was awarded the Director's Prize in 2009 and the Yorke Trust Prize for Double Bass in 2007 and 2009, and then at senior RNCM after accepting a scholarship to study there. Whilst at RNCM, Harrison was chosen to play in many RNCM college ensembles #, #, #, #, and was chosen to be the bassist for the Conservatoires UK Big Band #, # which is made up of the best players in the UK's music conservatoires.

In 2011, Harrison won the 15,000 euro Burghausen European Young Artists Jazz Award # with the Beats & Pieces Big Band and performed live on German TV #, #, #. He went on to headline London's Ronnie Scott's Club # - receiving 5* reviews in the Telegraph # and Guardian # newspapers - and played a series of international jazz festivals in London, Oslo, Paris #, Ireland and Germany #. Harrison and the band went on to become Best UK Newcomers at the 2013 Jazz FM Awards and Ensemble of the Year at the 2014 UK Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Harrison was contracted by the Japanese company Yamaha to play and present videos #, # about their silent stringed instruments in 2011.

Harrison has played with literally thousands of professional musicians over the years, including an eclectic mix of artists including Tony Hatch, Don Black, George Fenton, Larry Blank, Neil Claxton, John Reid, Russell Watson, Jonathan Ansell, Ben Forster, Lulu, Joe McElderry, Ray Quinn, Andy Prior, to name but a few. He has worked with many leading ensembles including the Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, New Squadronaires Orchestra, Burt Kaempfert Gala Concerts, Kings of Swing, Stephen Triffitt's Frank Sinatra; as well as British orchestras including The Halle, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Opera North, National Concert Orchestra and has led the bass section in orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall.

Harrison plays for London west end shows and has had the bass chair for 42nd Street, Annie, Top Hat, Elf The Musical, Mrs Henderson Presents and deputised on Wicked, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. He is a regular London session player, working in the likes of Abbey Road, Angel, Real World and Livingston studios, playing for many composers and producers including the film composer Hans Zimmer.

Harrison can be heard on the original London cast recordings of Mrs Henderson Presents # on Sony Classics, Elf the Musical # on Silver Screen; and played on albums including Cornershop's Hold On It's Easy # (Ample Play), Harpist Claire Jones This Love # (Silva Screen), Beats & Pieces Big Ideas # and All In # (Epfi), and The Sounds of Saga Cruises # (HAR Records). Harrison has been featured in two full page articles in the Bass Guitar Magazine. The November 2009 article was Bass To The Future # and the March 2016 article was Stage Lights # about his work in the London's west end shows and sessions.

Away from playing bass, Harrison is a well known fixer of musicians and since 2012, he has been the musical director for Creation Worldwide #, a leading supplier of entertainment to the cruise industry and corporate market. He is also the founder of his own entertainment business Hville Music # and has the most amazing function band called The Groove Membership # who have a great promo video #.

Daughter (Jess Wood)
... David's Daughter Jess is a percussionist, pianist and singer. Born in 1997, Jess began performing when she was very young, winning the under ten year old piano category in her local music festival at the age of seven years old. Whilst at primary school, Jess played piano in a jazz trio at the Music for Youth Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Jess gained a place to study percussion and piano at Junior RNCM # at the Royal Northern College of Music # at the age of ten and went on to study and perform there for the next eight years, gaining an amazingly high 146 out of 150 # in her ABRSM Grade 8 percussion examination. Jess is a past member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain # and went on to become the principal percussionist with National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain # at the age of fifteen.

In 2014, Jess won her way through to the BBC Young Musician Percussion Final # and in 2015, won a highly coveted scholarship to study percussion at the World famous Royal College of Music # in London and has since been featured and quoted in the college's prospectus.

Girlfriend (Rachel Lucy Moore)
... David's Girlfriend is the British cello teacher and chamber music specialist Rachel Lucy Moore. David's known Rachel since they were both in their thirties. As a child, Rachel had the opportunity to learn several instruments (piano, violin, flute, oboe and percussion), but knew the cello was the instrument for her when she was young. Whilst living in America, Rachel had lessons with cellist Christine Livingstone # and after returning to England, she won a place to study cello at London's Royal College of Music Junior Department # at the age of thirteen and studied there for the next few years.

After leaving RCM, Rachel moved to Leeds to study cello with Anna Shuttleworth # and was the chosen soloist to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto # for the re-opening of the renovated Great Hall of the University of Leeds #. After gaining her BA Hons at Leeds, Rachel went on to study for a post graduate degree at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music #, studying cello with Margaret Moncrieff #, and double bass with Rodney Slatford #. Whilst at the RNCM, Rachel developed her love for teaching cello, chamber music, Dalcroze Eurhythmics # and Kodaly #.

After completing her postgrad studies at the age of twenty-two, Rachel was asked to stay on and teach at the RNCM, and still teaches there today. Rachel has a wealth of teaching experience, and as well as teaching at the RNCM on the award-winning RNCM Young Strings # and at Junior RNCM #; Rachel teaches cello privately; at the independent Bolton School #; Bryanston International Summer School #; Westmorland Youth Orchestra #, and is director of the WYO Training Strings. In the past, Rachel co-directed the LDSM Junior Strings Venture # and taught at Manchester's Chethams School of Music #.

Like David, Rachel also has a musical family. Rachel's mother is Miriam Morley # who has taught violin at the Royal College of Music for over thirty-five years; and played with the likes of the Monteverdi Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, English Sinfonia, several ballet seasons at the London Coliseum, and even played on an album by the rock band The Who. Her brother is Ben Moore - the BBC News senior broadcast journalist - who won a place to study french horn at the Royal College of Music junior department as a teenager went on to read music and politics at university. Rachel's aunt is the opera composer and music educator Margaret Lucy Wilkins #, who taught at St. Andrews University, University of Huddersfield, and was visiting professor at Queen's University Belfast.

Daughter-in Law (Linzi Wood / Stage Name Linzi Matthews)
... David's Daughter-in-law Linzi is an actress and singer who has been in the entertainment business since a child and went on to play parts in theatre shows (on tour and in the London’s West End), TV shows and has appeared in an award-winning film. By the time Linzi started her three year musical theatre degree at the Guildford School of Acting in 1995, she had already played the part of a young Priscilla Presley in Are You Lonesome Tonight for a Bill Kenwright Ltd production ten years earlier.

After leaving Guildford in 1998, Linzi went on to appear on television as Prison Officer Birtles in Coronation Street; Joshua's Mum in the BBC comedy Eyes Down starring Paul O'Grady; and Cheryl in the 1999 Peter Kosminsky directed TV film, Warriors, which won awards at the BAFTA, Monte-Carlo TV Festival, Prix Italia, Royal Television Society and Broadcasting Press Guild film industry ceremonies. Linzi's stage credits include playing Janis Joplin in the 2018 one-woman musical play A Woman Left Lonely by the award winning writer Rob Johnston; as well as appearing on stage as Linda in Blood Brothers; Beauty in Beauty and the Beast; Sue in Slappers and Slapheads; Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty; Fay McMahon in Loot; Queen Hermione in Sleeping Beauty; Gaynor in The Dinner Lady Man; Priscilla The Goose in Mother Goose; Judith in The Cutting; Lyn in Pages, Princess in Aladdin; Jane in Out of Order; Ruth in Suddenly At Home; Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington; Scout in Popcorn; Various parts in Dr Suess The Musical; Princess Jasmine in Jack and the Beanstalk and Sharon in Outside Edge. In 2006, Linzi played the part of Judith in Dr Who: The Kingmaker - the audio story - which featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor.

Linzi is also a co-director of Hville Music with her husband Harrison [David's son]. Linzi is from a hugely passionate and driven family, and her father is the former international and national amateur road race cycling champion Pete Matthews #1.

Barbara Wood

David's Mother - Pianist & Singer.

Daisy Briggs

David's Grandmother - Horn Player.

Allan Briggs
David's Cousin - Horn Player.

James Briggs
David's Distant Relative - Violin Maker #.

David Wood  HonsFDip  FRSA  AmusLCM  DipMusTh
Address: 404 Marine Road East, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5AR, England
Telephone: 01524 410202 ext 208 (If outside the UK, call 0044 1524 410202)
Email: [email protected]