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About David Wood of Promenade Music and Faith & Hope Records Limited

David Wood is the founder and proprietor of Promenade Music; and co-founder and co-Managing Director of Faith & Hope Records Limited. David has been in the music industry all his working life and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and was awarded an HonFDip Honorary Fellowship in Music in 1987. He holds an AmusLCM Associateship Diploma in Harmony, Counterpoint, Musical Form and History of Music from the London College of Music and an DipMusTh Diploma in Music Theory from the Independent Contemporary Music Awards. David was a past winner of the Lancaster City Council Business of the Year in 1997 and appeared in the Who's Who of Britain's Business Elite in 2002. He is a former NODA Musical Director of the Year for the theatre season 1986/7; former BBC Local Advisory Council member; and former board member of the education and music charity More Music. Over the past thirty plus years, David has gained tremendous experience in many areas of the music industry including retail, recording, interlectual property, manufacturing and distribution. This broad base of experience has stood him in good stead as a music business owner and music industry panelist specialist. David has had several life-changing business mentors including the ex Chrysalis Records President - Doug D'Arcy (who is a co-director with David in Faith & Hope Records) and the founder of Safra Republic Holdings and the Trade Development Bank - the late Edmond J. Safra - who was one of the world's most influential bankers.


Promenade Music
David Wood is the founder and sole proprietor of the award winning diversified music business Promenade Music. Established in 1989, the business is operated from 14,000 sq.ft of retail, studio, office and warehousing space that David owns in Morecambe (England). Promenade Music's interests include...
Promenade Music - Shop

Promenade Music shop offers musicians one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England. We hold over £1,000,000 of musical instruments and equipment stock from over two hundred of the World's leading musical instrument and equipment manufacturers. The shop's search for 'Best in Class' products means our buying policy includes both the World's largest manufacturers (Yamaha, Roland, Fender, Martin & Co, Marshall etc) as well as the World's smallest boutique specialist makers. We supply our forty thousand customers - who are mainly in the UK - with 'Great Brands, Great Prices and Great Service' from our Morecambe sea-front location..... which must be the best view from any music shop in the World.
Promenade Music - Online
Promenade Music began selling via mail order through our 'Big Discount Warehouse' brand in 1990, and online in 1995. Our sole aim was always to give musicians a great deal on instruments and equipment and - apart from everything now being under the Promenade Music brand - nothing has changed. The purchase of our warehouse in 2002 gave us the space required to operate nationally and our online sales have grown significantly year on year since. Online now dominates the activity of our sales and warehouse team and contributes a significant part to Promenade Music's turnover as a whole.
Promenade Music - School
Music lessons have taken place on the first floor of the Promenade Music building since 1985 and the school is now one of the largest private music schools in the area. Lessons are offered on a one-to-one basis by a team of highly talented self-employed freelance teachers, who all run their own private teaching practice from the school. Students of all abilities and ages are catered for and instruments taught include Piano, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Singing and Theory.
Promenade Music - Hire
Promenade Music's Hire business offers a range of musical instruments and music equipment on a short term hire basis. Instruments hired include digital pianos, digital grand pianos, upright pianos, acoustic grand pianos, classical organs, backline (including heads, cabs, combos) and both portable PA systems as well as a 10,000 watt fully engineered event system.
Promenade Music - Services & Repairs
Promenade Music offers a whole host of support services for musical instrument and equipment including Equipment Repairs; Equipment Servicing; Piano Restoration; Guitar Re-Strings; Drum Re-Heads; Instrument Set-ups, Extended Care Packages; Portable Applince Testing; Piano Removal; Musical Instrument Storage; Allianz Musical Instrument Insurance; Consultancy and Valuations.
Promenade Music - 3rd Party Sales
Promenade Music's 3rd Party Sales presence is on both Amazon and Ebay. We work directly with manufacturers who want their products to be represented on the World's largest sales platforms. We ship directly to Amazon customers either from our Morecambe warehouse or directly in to Amazon's Warehouse for Amazon's FBA (Fulfiled By Amazon) service.
Promenade Music - Brands
Promenade Music is the interlectual property owner and home of the musical instrument and equipment brands Mendieta Guitars; Beverley Drums; Collard & Collard Pianos, Levin Guitars; Paris Woodwind; Arena Amplification; Moretti Accordions; Westcoast Guitars, Resoville Resonator Guitars and Charles Howes & Son Pianos. Our team of international musical instrument product design specialists work directly with our manufacturing partners in various factories throughout the World including Spain, China, Taiwan and South Korea. 
Promenade Music - Pop Up Shop
Promenade Music has a mobile Pop-Up-Shop concept. We attend many UK events and exhibit in both UK shopping malls and UK music shows. Shows exhibited at includes London Acoustic Guitar Show, London Bass Guitar Show; Northwest Guitar Show; Merseyside Guitar Show; RNCM Saxophone Day; Cumbria Guitar Show to name but a few.
Promenade Music - Music 4 Worship
Our church supplies arm 'Music 4 Worship' markets to thousands of places of worship in the UK. We cater for all denominations and products supplied, cover everything from traditional church instruments (classical organs, pianos etc) through to modern worship band instruments (guitars, drums, amps etc). We also supply a full range of public address (PA) equipment and microphones.
Promenade Music - Educat
Promenade Music's education supplies arm markets directly to educational establishments nationally including primary schools, secondary schools, specialist music schools, special schools, international schools, colleges, universities, concervatoires and local authorities.
Promenade Music - Recordings
Promenade Music's Recording arm offers a host of recording services including a Location Recording Service where either a 'recording only' or 'complete recording package' is offered which includes recording, mixing, editing and mastering through to the design of artwork, CD manufacturing and all MCPS copyright requirements. Our Voice Over Service offers voice only or voice with music sound-bed and effects. We work with companies involved in radio, TV, web applications, multi-media, on hold messaging, audio books, IVR systems, e-learning, power point, CD-ROM, commercials, in-flight services, in-store retail campaigns, corporate presentations, internet protocol TV, computer games, educational videos, documentaries and corporate presentations, industrial, technical narration, medical narration and audio products for the blind.
Promenade Music - Media
Promenade Music's media arm stems back to when David Wood owned one of Europe's largest ringtone catalogues. Today, the business includes Catalogue Acquisition which is involved in acquiring and representing catalogues of recordings; Copyright & Royalty Free Music which is marketed to clients who require pre-cleared music with a one off fee for usage; Digitally Remastered and Reissued Recordings from internationally acclaimed artists that are in the public domain and out of copyright in Europe and Audio Fulfilment which offers a one stop solution for the licencing and manufacturing of digital entertainment for the media and advertising industry.
Promenade Music - Imports
Promenade Music Imports is a fabulous home for international musical instrument and equipment manufacturers who want to sell their goods directly to a retailer in the UK either on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis. We help take care of sales and marketing in the UK and currently import directly from ToneWoodAmp in the US; RainSong Guitars in the US; Ohana Ukuleles in the US; Deering Banjos in the US; Northwood Acoustic Guitars in Canada; GFI Pedal Steel Guitars in the US; Marleaux Bass Guitars in Germany and Eich Bass Amplification in Germany.
Promenade Music - Install
Promenade Music took over Richard Eason's sound installation business 'Hotwires' in 1998. The business installs everything from background music systems to full public address systems in to bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, theatres, schools, colleges, uni's, churches, crematoriums, retail establishments, visitor attractions, offices and boardrooms.
Promenade Music - Agency
Promenade Music's Agency is a one stop shop supplier of entertainment for weddings, corporate events and private parties in Lancashire and the Lake District. We offer a carefully hand picked roster of the best regional msuicians and singers ranging from Wedding Bands, Pianists, Jazz Groups, String Quartets, Cocktail Bands and DJ’s.
Promenade Music - Publishing
Promenade Music Publishing was set up around the principle of self publishing for David's musical friends.
Promenade Music Ventures

Promenade Music Ventures takes a stake / shareholding in music industry entrepreneurs and works with them to bring their ideas to reality and the market
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Faith & Hope Records Limited
David Wood and his fellow co-founder in Faith & Hope Records Limited [Neil Claxton] go back a long way. David and Neil had a close friendship that started in the mid 1980's and their strong working relationship brought them together to start Faith & Hope in 1997 and went on to have a string of top 40 Hits including the 2008 hit single "Singin' in the Rain" which was one of the fastest selling singles of the year and gave David and Neil their first UK Number 1. Faith & Hope quickly became a pivotal part of the Manchester music scene in the noughties and after the creation of 'Faith & Hope Songs' - a publishing arm of the company - in 2000, David and Neil welcomed ex Chrysalis president Doug D'Arcy in to the company as an equity shareholder and mentor to the founders. In 2008, Faith & Hope's music synchronisation arm 'Areebo' was establised to supply music supervisors and professionals from the worlds of film, television, advertising and games. Faith & Hope is one of the few UK independent record label and publishing companies to have entered major licensing deals and joint ventures with nearly every 'major' (Universal, EMI, BMG, Sony) which is a true tribute to David and Neil's visionary A&R and business skills.
Faith & Hope Credits
Tracks featuring artisits including Mint Royale, Duffy, George Michael, Lauren Laverne (etc).
Film Credits - Vanilla Sky, Serendipity, Get Carter, Blind Dating, New York Minute ... Uptown Girls ... The Hot Chick ... A Time for Dancing ... Bad Company, Girls's On Top, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Boy A, Fast Food, Oceans 13 soundtrack album.
TV Credits - Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, Alias, Spaced, The Priory' (Theme Tune), Mighty Boosh, Malcolm In The Middle, Shameless, Queer As Folk, Hotel Babylon.
Adverts - Volkswagen, Hugo Boss, Kelloggs, AT&T, Honda, Mentos, Vodaphone, SKY, Jaguar, BBC Radio 1, Mars, Toyota, DFS, Nokia, New York City Tourism.


David's Early Life
David Wood began music lessons in his hometown of Morecambe at the age of six. By the age of ten, he was having weekly private lessons on piano, organ, trombone, bass, singing and theory with some of the best local teachers including Madame Patti Regina, Sam B Wood, Bill Ibbotson, Ronnie French, Susan Fielding and David Kellett. By secondary school, music consumed David's life with practice and experimentation with sound recording equipment. His mother and father - who were hoteliers - allowed him to perform to guests weekly and he made cassettes of him playing to sell to them to fund new instruments and more equipment. David's first paid engagement was New Years Eve 1978 and by 1980 he played his first full summer season. As well as gigging as a young teenager, David played bass trombone with his local brass band; the Lancashire Schools' Symphony Orchestra and the Lancashire Schools' Wind Band (now known as a Youth Concert Band) as well as making occasional trips to London to play with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. David was also encouraged to sing. He entered regional music festivals where he won boy soprano classes and played the King in a production of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett's All the King's Men. David left Morecambe High School at the end of year twelve (lower 6) to study music full-time at Huddersfield with Phil Honnor (piano and theory), Phillip McCann (brass studies), Major Peter Parkes (conducting and arranging), Alan Jenkins (singing) and Les Storey (trombone). Always looking to improve his music industry skills, David went on to study sound recording at Manchester based School of Sound Recording (SSR) in 1985 which at the time was the first dedicated audio engineering school in the UK. David returned to part-time study in his mid-twenties to study Law to better understanding of the contractual complexities of the music industry. 

David's Early Professional Musician Years (Up to 1989)
David Wood's early years as a professional musician were extremely diverse. His work included writing and arranging for publishers; working as a live, studio and theatre musician both as an instrumentalist and Musical Director; Teaching in private practice; and working as an engineer and/or producer in the studio for releases, adverts, TV and radio.

David's Musical Family
David Wood was born in 1966 in to a musical family.
- David's Mother (Barbara Wood, nee Briggs) was a fine pianist and big band singer.
- David's Grandmother (Daisy Briggs, nee Adams) was a horn player.
- David's Son
is the professional session musician Harrison Wood. Born in 1991, Harrison started playing bass as a child and began gigging as a teenager. He was the former prinipal double bassist with the Halle Youth Orchestra and former bassist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Harrison won a scholarship to study at Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music where he was awarded a scholarship after winning the director's prize in 2009. Harrison went on to win European Young Artists' Jazz Award Winner in 2011 with the Beats & Pieces Big Band who headlined London's Ronnie Scott’s Club and played a series of international Jazz festivals. Harrison has worked with many leading ensembles including The Syd Lawrence Orchestra; The Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra; The New Squadronaires Orchestra; The Burt Kaempfert Orchestra as well as some British Orchestras including The Royal Northern Sinfonia and Opera North. He is now a regular London studio session player working in the likes of Abbey Road, Angel Studios, Real World Studios, Livingston Studios (etc) and plays in the London's west end theatres for shows including Top Hat, Wicked, The Lion King, Elf, Mrs Henderson Presents to name but a few. Harrison is Musical Director for Creation Worldwide which is one of the leading and most respected suppliers of entertainment to the cruise industry and the corporate market. He is also the owner of entertainment comany Hville Music which is one of the UK’s leading entertainment agencies.
- David's Daughter Jess Wood began performing when she was very young. Born in 1997, Jess won the under ten year old piano catagory in her local music festival when she was only seven years old. Whilst still at primary school, Jess played in a trio at the Music for Youth Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall. Jess gained a place to study percussion and piano at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music at the age of ten, and went on to there for the next eight years. Jess is a past member of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and gained an amazingly high 146/150 in her ABRSM Grade 8 percussion exam. Jess has been the Principal percussionist with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain since the age of fifteen, and was in the televised 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion Category Final. In 2015, Jess won a highly coveted scholarship to study percussion at the World famous Royal College of Music Percussion Department in London.


Contact David Wood

By telephone
01524 410202 ext 208 ..... If outside the UK, call 0044 1524 410202

By email

[email protected]


By post
David Wood  HonsFDip  FRSA  AmusLCM  DipMusTh
Promenade Music
404 Marine Road East
Morecambe
Lancashire
LA4 5AR
England