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

David Wood is the sole proprietor of Promenade Music and co-founder and joint managing director of Faith & Hope Records Limited. David has been in the music industry all his working life and was awarded an HonFDip Honorary Fellowship in Music in 1987 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). 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. He 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 LAC council member for accountability for the BBC; and former board member of the education and music charity More Music. Over the past thirty-years, David has gained tremndous experience in many areas of the music industry which has stood him in good stead as a music business owner, consultant, adviser and industry panelist. David has had several "life-changing" business mentors including Doug D'Arcy the ex Chrysalis Records Managing Director and President who is a co-director with David in Faith & Hope Records; and the late Edmond J. Safra who was one of the world's most influential bankers and the founder of both the Trade Development Bank and Safra Republic Holdings.

Promenade Music

David Wood is the founder and sole proprietor of the award winning diversified music business Promenade Music that he established in 1989 in Morecambe, England. Promenade Music is operated from its 14,000 sq.ft of retail, studio, office and warehousing space, and its interests as a group include...
- Promenade Music Shop

The shop offers musicians one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England. It stocks over £1,000,000 of musical instruments and equipment from over two hundred of the World's leading musical instrument and equipment manufacturers. The shop's search for 'Best In Class' products means their buying policy includes both the World's largest manufacturers (like Yamaha, Roland, Fender, Martin & Co, Marshall etc) and  the World's smallest boutique specialist makers. The shop supplies its forty thousand customers - who are mainly in the UK - with 'Great Brands, Great Prices and Great Service' from its sea-front location (which must be the best view of any music shop in the World) in Morecambe, England.
- Promenade Music Online
Promenade Music began selling online under their 'Big Discount Warehouse' brand in 1995 with the sole aim of giving musicians a great discount on instruments and equipment. Apart from everything now being under the Promenade Music brand nothing has changed. The online business now dominates Promenade Music's 10,000sq ft warehouse which has given the business the space required to operate nationally. Online sales have grown significantly since and are now a significant part of the business' turnover as a whole.. 
- Promenade Music School
Music lessons have taken place on the first floor of the Promenade Music building since 1985 and 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. Instruments taught include Piano, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Singing and Theory. Students of all abilities and ages are catered for.
- 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
Promenade Music Services offer a whole host of support services for musical instrument and equipment including guitar re-strings; drum re-heads; instrument set-ups, extended care packages; portable applince testing; piano removal; musical instrument storage; Allianz musical instrument insurance;
- Promenade Music 3rd Party Sales
Promenade Music's 3rd Party Sales presence is on both Amazon and Ebay.
- Promenade Music Brands
Promenade Music is the interlectual property owner and home of the music brands Mendieta Guitars; Beverley Drums; Levin Guitars; Arena Amplification; Westcoast Guitars
- Promenade Music Pop Up Shop
Promenade Music has a portable 'Pop-Up-Shop' that attends many UK events. We have attended and exhibited at London Acoustic Guitar Show, London Bass Guitar Show; Northwest Guitar Show;
- Promenade Music's Music 4 Worship
Church Supplies.
- Promenade Music's Educat
Education Supplies
- Promenade Music Piano Restoration
Promenade Music's piano restoration team have specialised in the custom restoration of World class upright and grand pianos since 1990. Quality, well designed pianos of one hundred years old can be restored to look and sound as they were when and consider some of our fully restored pianos to be better than their modern factory produced counterparts. By using the best materials and replacement parts, combined with the traditional craftsmanship of generations ago (most of our team have studied piano building at European piano building schools), each of our restored pianos are given a new musical life.
- Promenade Music Mobile Recordings
Promenade Music's DMR (digital mobile recordings) service has a reputation for quality digital mobile recordings offering either a 'recording only service' or a 'complete recording package'. They have a fully transportable, state of the art digital recording system producing fully multi-mic'd, recorded, mixed and mastered recordings. Their high quality system can be temporarily installed in any suitable space and they carry a range of high quality microphones. They look after all aspects of the package including the recording, mixing, editing and mastering through to the design of artwork, CD manufacturing and all the MCPS copyright requirements..
- Promenade Music Voice Over
Promenade Music's media and marketing recording business 'Four 0 Four' can record voice only or add a music and effects sound bed for quite literally any project you can think of. They record for 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 and medical narration and audio products for the blind.
- 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 who will take care of sales and marketing in the UK. We import directly from RainSong Guitars; Ohana Ukuleles; Deering Banjos; Northwood Acoustic Guitars; GFI Pedal Steel Guitars; Marleaux Bass Guitars; ToneWoodAmp
- Promenade Music Installation
Promenade Music took over the installation business 'Hotwires' in 1997. The business installs everything from background music systems to full public address systems in to bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, theatres, schools, colleges, uni's, shurches, crematoriums, retail establishments, visitor attractions, offices and boardrooms.
- 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 co-founder [Neil Claxton] in Faith & Hope Records Limited 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
- Artists: A catalogue of tracks featuring artisits including Mint Royale, Duffy, George Michael, Lauren Laverne (etc).
- Music on Film: Vanilla Sky, Serendipity, Get Carter, Bad Company, National Lampoon's Van Wilder, BAFTA Award Winner 'Boy A', Oceans 13 soundtrack album.
- Music on TV: Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, Alias, Spaced, The Priory' (Theme Tune), Mighty Boosh, Malcolm In The Middle, Shameless, Queer As Folk, Hotel Babylon.
- Music on 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 Years
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 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 school at the end of year twelve (lower 6) to study music full-time at Huddersfield College's School of Music with Phil Honnor, Phillip McCann, Major Peter Parkes, Alan Jenkins and Les Storey. 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 Professional Musician Years (before 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 a player and Musical Director; teaching in private practice; and working engineering and producing music 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 and David's Grandmother (Daisy Briggs, nee Adams) was a horn player and sang in choirs. The musical commitment to practice has continued in David's children Harrison and Jess.
- 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 Kempfort Orchestra; The Nelson Riddle 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, Livingstone Studios (etc) and plays in the London's west end theatres for shows including Top Hat, Wicked, 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 School Proms to a 5,000 audience 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 out of 150 in her ABRSM Grade 8 examination. Jess has been the Principal percussionist with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain since the age of fifteen, and was a 2014 BBC Young Musician of the year Percussion category finalist which was televised. In 2015, Jess won a highly coveted scholarship to study percussion at the World famous Royal College of Music Percussion Department in London.

Contact for David Wood
By mail: David Wood HonsFDip FRSA AmusLCM DipMusTh, 404 Marine Road East, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5AR
By telephone: 01524 410202 ext 208 (if in the UK) or 0044 1524 410202 (if outside the UK)
By email: [email protected]