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

David Wood
David is the founder and proprietor of Promenade Music Limited; and co-founder and 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. Promenade Music was a past winner of the Lancaster City Council Business of the Year in 1997 and David 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.

Promenade Music Limited

David Wood established Promenade Music in 1989. The business now operates from circa 14,000 sq.ft of retail, teaching studio, office and warehousing space that David owns in the seaside town of Morecambe in Lancashire. Promenade Music shop offers musicians one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England. We endeavour to hold around £1,000,000 of musical instruments and equipment stock from over two hundred of the World's leading musical instrument and equipment manufacturers including the World's largest manufacturers like Yamaha, Roland, Fender, Martin & Co, Marshall etc as well as the World's smallest boutique specialist makers from our Morecambe sea-front location..... which must be the best view from any music shop in the World. Promenade Music began selling via mail order in 1990, and online in 1995 which led to David purchasing a warehouse in 2002 to give the business the space required to operate nationally. As well as sales, Music lessons have taken place on the first floor of the Promenade Music since the shop began. The school is now one of the largest private music schools in the area and 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. Promenade Music's Hire department offers a range of musical instruments and music equipment on a short term hire basis. The Services & Repairs department offers a whole host of support services for musical instrument and equipment including Equipment Repairs; Equipment Servicing; Guitar Re-Strings; Drum Re-Heads; Instrument Set-ups, Piano Removal; Musical Instrument Storage and Valuations. 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 attends many UK events and exhibit in both UK shopping malls and UK music shows. Promenade Music's church supplies arm supplies places of worship in the UK and the education arm supplies directly to educational establishments including primary schools, secondary schools, specialist music schools, special schools, international schools, colleges, universities, concervatoires and local authorities. Promenade Music 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 currently import directly from ToneWoodAmp (USA); RainSong Guitars (USA); 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.

Faith & Hope Records Limited
David Wood and his fellow co-founder [Neil Claxton] established Faith & Hope Records in 1997. David and Neil go back a long way as their friendship started in the mid 1980's. Faith & Hope went on to have a string of top 40 Hits including the 2008 UK Number 1 Hit Single "Singin' in the Rain". Faith & Hope 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. In 2008, Faith & Hope have supplied 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 have featured artisits including Mint Royale, Duffy, Lauren Laverne, Pos from De La Soul, Prince Buster (etc). Faith & Hope Film Credits include Vanilla Sky, Serendipity, Get Carter, Blind Dating, New York Minute, Uptown Girls, A Time for Dancing, Bad Company, Girls's On Top, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Van Wilder: Party Liaison, Boy A, Fast Food and the Oceans 13 soundtrack album. Faith & Hope TV Credits include Grey's Anatomy, Chuck, Alias, Spaced, The Priory' (Theme Tune), Mighty Boosh, Malcolm In The Middle, Shameless, Queer As Folk, Hotel Babylon etc. Faith & Hope Adverts credits include Volkswagen, Hugo Boss, Kelloggs, AT&T, Honda, Mentos, Vodaphone, SKY, Jaguar, BBC Radio 1, Mars, Toyota, DFS, Nokia.

David's Early Life and Life as a Gigging Musician
David Wood began music lessons at the age of six. By the age of ten, he was having weekly private lessons on piano, organ, trombone, bass, singing and theory, and had 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 himself playing to sell to them to fund new instruments and more equipment. David's first paid engagement was New Years Eve 1978 - with local musician John Jefferies - and by 1980 he played his first full summer season in a seaside hotel. 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 the occasional trip to London to have a blow with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. David was also encouraged to sing by his parents. He entered regional music festivals where he won boy soprano class 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 (he never qualified, and has not got a qualification in law) to give him a better understanding of the contractual complexities of the music industry. David's early years as a professional musician were extremely diverse. His work included writing, arranging and copyist for publishers; working as a live, studio and theatre musician both as an instrumentalist and Musical Director; Teaching; and working as an engineer / producer in the studio. Over his many years of gigging, David says "I did thousands of crap mundane gigs and this is partly why I gave up. I was very lucky to play some great gigs too and I have some very happy memories of those. Ultimately though, the bad gigs didn’t make up enough for the great ones because out of over the four thousand plus gigs I probably did, there's probably less than two hundred I truly loved doing. I have so much respect for all those full time gigging musicians who are out there doing it".

David's Musical Family
David Wood was born in 1966 in to a musical family.
- David's Mother (Barbara Wood, nee Briggs) was a lovely 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 42nd Street, Annie, 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 his own entertainment agency.
- 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 was the Principal percussionist with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain at 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
- Telephone: 01524 410202 ext 208 (If outside the UK, call 0044 1524 410202)
- Email: [email protected]
- Post: Promenade Music, 404 Marine Road East, Morecambe, Lancashire, LA4 5AR, England