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About Us & The Team

Meet The TeamEveryone at Promenade Music is committed to ensuring that our customers receive the Best Brands at the Best Prices with the very Best Service. We have a fabulous team of dedicated full time colleagues who work alongside some of the very best freelancers in the business. We hope you enjoy finding out more about Promenade Music and our team.



About Promenade Music

A Brief Overview

Established in 1989, Promenade Music is a successful independent music business that offers customers "one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the North of England". As a past winner of the highly prestigious Lancaster City Council's 'Business of the Year', we continue to supply our customers with Great Brands at Great Prices whilst still offering Great Service.

Although we supply musical instruments and equipment all over the UK, Promenade Music's still very much a major regional supplier in the North of England. We offer all the usual services you'd expect from an award winning retailer like Home Deliveries, Hire Department, Student Rental Scheme, Installation Department, Repair & Service Department, Piano Restoration Service, Finance Options, Valuations, Gift Vouchers, Part Exchange as well as a range of Sound Recording Services.

We're highly respected by both our customers and the manufacturers we represent both here in the UK and Internationally. We stock in-depth, always holding over £1,000,000 of stock at retail, and many of our manufacturers and distributors advise their customers from all over the UK to contact us directly. As well as being part of many main dealer networks for the World's largest musical instrument and equipment manufacturers, our search for leading 'Best In Class' product means that our buying policy extends to many of the World's smallest makers! We are the sole exclusive UK retailer for several small boutique makers, giving their brand a loving home here in the UK.


 

Meet The Promenade Music Team

Please note: Promenade Music Shop's Opening Times are Monday from 10am - 6.30pm ..... Tuesday from 10am - 7pm ..... Wednesday from 10am - 6.30pm ..... Thursday from 10am - 7pm ..... Friday from 10am - 6.30pm ..... Saturday from 9am - 5.30pm ...... and we open most Bank Holidays from 10am - 4pm

Sales
David Wood
- Proprietor of
Promenade Music
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Read more about David Wood
- David founded Promenade Music in 1989
- David works full-time.
Unless on holiday, he's generally in on Monday from 9am - 5pm ..... Tuesday from 9am - 5pm ..... Wednesday from 9am - 5pm ..... Thursday from 9am - 1pm ..... Friday from 9am - 5pm ..... Saturday from 9am - 5pm.
- Contact David on 01524 410202 ext 208 or email him at [email protected]


Denise Clark

- Sales of Sheet Music & Accessories

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Read more about Denise Clark
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Denise has worked at Promenade Music since 1989
- Denise works part time.
Unless on holiday, she's generally in on Monday from 10am - 1pm ..... Tuesday from 10am - 1pm ..... Thursday from 10am - 1pm ..... Friday from 10am - 1pm
- Contact Denise on 01524 410202 ext 201 or email her at [email protected]


Gary Thistlethwaite

- Sales of Electric Guitars; Bass Guitars; Pedal Steel Guitars; Guitar Amps; Bass Amps; PA Systems; Effects.
- Gary joined Promenade Music in 1989,
Read More about Gary Thistlethhwaite
- Denise works part time... she's generally in the shop on Monday (10am - 1pm), Tuesday (10am - 1pm)
, Thursday (10am - 1pm), Friday(10am - 1pm) (unless on holiday)
- Contact Denise on 01524 410202 ext 212 or email him at [email protected] 


(sales - Electric & Bass Guitars, Amps, PA, Drums & Effects)
Gary started playing the clubs and pubs of the North West with his brother at the age of fourteen. Three years later their band 'White Line Fever' were one of the hottest new Country Rock bands in the UK and Gary balanced touring Europe with his day job at Comet where he had become a store manager. At 28 Gary decided to pack in the day job (a brave decision with three little girls) and moved to America. Gary gigged non-stop after getting a recording contract with CBS and went on to support many of the top American Country artists like Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. After three and a half years on the road Gary decided to bring the family back to the UK to work in a recording studio before joining Promenade Music in 1995. Gary still has the bug to play and is currently in the bands 24/7, The Fabulous Picasso Brothers and Blue Juice.

Hannelie Pearson (sales, marketing, 3rd party sales (amazon / ebay etc), Music 4 Worship church supplies)
Hannelie joined Promenade Music in 2015 after thirteen years with a bespoke software and business systems company where she joind as a software developer and became operations manager and financial controller in 2007. Hannelie's management and strategic planning skills were natured early when she started her professional career with the chartered accountants and auditors, Coopers and Lybrand in her native Cape Town, South Africa. Hannelie moved to the UK in the mid 90's where she worked for a large financial institution and then a national property developer in Edinburgh. Hannelie plays piano and guitar, for her own enjoyment.

Jim Holmes
(sales - Education, Mail Order & E-Commerce. Runs the Repairs & Service dept too)
After leaving the Halifax Building Society where he had worked for over fifteen years, Jim joined Promenade Music in the summer of 2003 and amongst other things looks after the Educational supplies and repairs department. He has played guitar for over twenty years and during that time spent seven years playing up and down the country with local band 'Devious Soul Machine'. Following that he spent three years playing the North West circuit with three piece rock band 'The Reservoir Ferrets'. As Jim is now "old" he has cut down on his live playing to concentrate more on recording and his sponsorship deals with Carlsberg and Napolean Brandy.

Lewin Cantor
(sales, Acoustic Guitar Department.)
Lewin Joined Promenade Music in 2013 after studying music at Kendal college. He was born in to a musical family with his dad being a brass player and his mum being the well known professional musician and singer Kate Howden. Lewin is a is a keen guitar player himself fronting the Lancaster based band 'Ark'. As well as guitar, Lewin also plays banjo, mandolin, uke and basically anything with strings. He also deals with services on acoustics such as restrings and set-ups. He is also a fan of extended range guitars.

Richard Turner
(sales - Mail Order, E-commerce, Website Content)
After graduating from Lancaster University, Richard became the store manager at Andy's Records before joining Promenade Music in 2003. An accomplished singer-songwriter, Richard plays acoustic, electric and bass guitar and has tinkered with various other instruments. He has performed in numerous bands of varying genres and played hundreds of gigs and festivals all over the UK, and occasionally beyond. Releases include 7" singles, triple vinyl boxset, CDs and downloads. He is currently guitarist in psychedelic rock band th
ree dimensional tanx and post-punk band Pill Fangs.

Rossi (Andrew Ross)
(sales - PA, Effects, Electric & Bass Guitars, Amps & Drums)
Andrew (AKA 'Rossi'), who'd been a customer of Promenade Music's for many years before working here, began in our Rock 'n' Roll department in 2004. Rossi's played bass and guitar in various bands over the last twenty years and has worked as a guitar tech on tour. After studying at the Manchester School of Sound Recording in the late nineties, he qualified as a studio and live sound engineer. As well as working in sales he engineers Promenade Music's manned P.A hires. In his spare time Rossi teaches 'wado-ryu karate'.


Steven Wren
Sales of Keyboards, Digital Pianos, Recording Gear, Hi-Tech, DJ, Lighting)
Steven has worked at Promenade Music since leaving school in 1990. He is an accomplished organ and keyboard player with a love for Jimmy Smith and Craig Charles' Radio 6 show! When not working, Steven's was the singer with the band Mint Royale and was the voice of the Hugo Boss television ad which he co-wrote. Steven also sings and plays in the local function band 24/7. In his spare time he can be found high up in he mountains of the lake district walking.

Tommy
(Neill Thomson)

- Sales of Drums, Percussion & Woodwind
- Full time... Generally Tommy's in the shop on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday unless he's on holiday.
Tommy joined Promenade Music in Oct 2014 having spent the previous 20 years welding, before that manual labour. Tired of moving job to job with various degrees of apathy he now has a job he is interested in and 'likes' going to. Learnt clarinet at school before being bought a tenor sax, got thrown out of biology regularly for tapping on the desk before his teacher organised a drum kit to bang on at lunchtimes. Tried to 'make it' with bands playing originals for many years with no success then succumbed to playing covers for pin(t) money. Played with Devious Soul Machine and Reservoir Ferrets along side Jim before most recently playing what he loves with PnUK plus Kendal based band Revamp and also sax with the Reggie Mental Band.

Louis Singleton

- Part time... Generally Louis' in the shop from 4.15pm until we close on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday unless he's on holiday.
Louis is one of our part time student members of staff. He gained nine A and A* in his GCSE and BTEC exams and has gained; a Grade 8 in music; a Bronze Adventure Learning Skills award; a Duke of Edinburgh silver award and he's currently working towards the gold award. Louis mainly plays drums / percussion and alto saxophone and has played in Baybeat (a community street band), The Westmoreland Youth Orchestra, The LCMC Showband, The Orbit Jazz Band, The Jubilee Big Band and Ablaze (his church youth worship band). When not doing music, Louis enjoys badminton, Photography, Running and Cycling.


Admin
Pat Bisby
(Book Keeping & Accounts)
Pat has many years of experience in bookkeeping. Before moving on to the bookkeeping for Promenade Music, Pat had spent several years in charge of the faith & hope records' books.


Freelance Teachers at Promenade Music

Andee Robinson
(freelance singing teacher)
Her singing career began at the age of six, when she sang in the church choir that her mum ran and she soon discovered her love of singing that would stay with her all her life. She began taking singing lessons at secondary school and passed all her singing exams to grade 8 during her time at school, as well as entering numerous music festivals all over the north west. After leaving school, she studied with a renowned mezzo-soprano and singing teacher, Jean Allister, where she passed her diploma and continued to perform in music festivals, all with great success. Once in her early twenties, Andee started performing many genres of music on the performance platform, from music theatre to vocalist in a function bands and a karaoke host! Andee now teaches at Promenade Music in Morecambe. Her students range from 7 to 72 years young(!) and she helps her students achieve great success, whether just for enjoyment, or in exams, festivals and auditions.

Kathryn Baines (freelance piano, keyboard & theory teacher)
Katherine gained her place at London's Trinity College of Music in 1985 and studied Piano and Cello. She gained her LTCL in 1987 and after leaving Trinity embarked on her professional music Career playing as a freelance cellist and regularly performing recitals and concerts. Always looking to improve her skills Katherine completed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music CT ABRSM Teaching Certificate in 1999 which is recognised and highly regarded by educational establishments worldwide. Before joining St. Aubyns Academy of Music in 2005, Katherine spent eleven years teaching Piano and Cello in Hertfordshire.


Keith Ashcroft
(freelance guitar & bass teacher)
Keith became a professional musician in 1978. In 1980 he co-founded local band 'Free Parking' with musicians who went on to work with 10cc, Swing Out Sister, Texas & Simply Red. Keith then formed the 'Spiritual Hooligans' with Shovel and Paul Birchill both of 'M People' fame. Over the years, Keith has worked in cabaret with the likes of Ken Dodd, Vince Hill, Cannon & Ball, Tommy Cooper and as arranger and MD for Jonny Logan. In recent years, Keith has played guitar on re-mixes for Sophie Ellis Bexter, Hearsay, S Club 7 and Emma Bunton.

Ann-Marie Wood
(piano & theory teacher)
Ann-Marie started piano lessons at the age of seven and growing up within the brass band community of West Yorkshire it wasn't long before she was paying cornet. After completing her diploma and studies in piano and cornet at music college in Huddersfield, she moved to Morecambe and established the 'St. Aubyns Academy of Music' in 1984. Over the years Ann-Marie has concentrated on her piano teaching practice and became the local representative for the London College of Music in 1989. She also has a passion for song writing and is willing to write for artists on a confidential 'ghost writing' basis.



Sales Support
Eric Metcalfe (Warehousing, Deliveries & Installation)
After working for Norweb as a fully qualified electrician for twenty one years, Eric (who'd been a customer of Promenade Music since we opened) joined us in 2000 and runs our warehouse, delivery service and oversees our installations. Eric started gigging the pubs and clubs of the Northwest at the age of sixteen on organ (a Selmer Capri to be exact) and over the years went on to play in many local bands including one step forward, Charade, 4th edition, Socks to Match and City Image. Eric is still playing the clubs in the duo 'Innovation' with his partner Denise.

Jonny Shaw
(Warehousing & Deliveries)
After working as a policeman for over twenty years, Jonny (who'd been a customer of Promenade Music for many years) joined us in 2017 after retiring from the poice. Jonny is a keen cyclist who took three months out after retiring to cycle across Australlia... from Perth to Sydney. Jonny plays guitar and helps run our warehouse and delivery service.


Ian Harrison
(Designer, Web & IT)
After college, Ian started an apprenticeship with an engineering company involved in automotive industry and went on to gain his ONC & HNC in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacture before moving into the draughting office where he worked with CAD programs. He progressed further into the graphical aspect of design and moved into web and ecommerce development, system design, intranets and network installation with companies in Lancaster before joining Promenade Music in 2002. Ian is in charge of all Promenade Music's design work and websites utilising the latest technology to help Promenade Music run smoothly and successfully. When he's not working, Ian's a keen motor sport fan and a talented racing driver who this years competing in the D1 National Drifting Championship (www.d1gb.co.uk) and looking for sponsors.


Freelance Repair & Service Technicians

John Clark
(freelance - Woodwind Repair & Service Technician)
After leaving school in 1984, John went on to study 'clarinet making and instrument repairing' at Newark Technical College on a three year diploma course. The woodwind programme at Newark has a worldwide reputation for producing skilled craftspeople who are able to repair the whole range of the woodwind family from Piccolo to Saxophone. The course included the making of a complete 'Boehm system' clarinet from basic raw materials. After completing his diploma in 1987, John went to work in the woodwind service department at the London retailer 'Pro Brass' in Kentish Town . In 1989, John returned to the north and set up his own repair business 'The Woodwind Workshop' in Manchester. John is now one of the countries leading repair technicians and although specialises in Saxophones, Clarinets and Flutes, he also repairs and services double reed instruments. John covers all woodwind work from the basic replacement of pads to complete overhauls and advanced repair techniques.

Marianne Bailey
(freelance - Piano Tuner)
www.mbailey-pianotuner.co.uk

After studying full time for three years and gaining an HND in piano tuning, repairs and maintenance at the London College of Furniture, Marianne, who was the only student to be given a distinction for the final tuning exam in her year, established her own piano tuning business in 1983 and has been in constant demand with domestic pianos, schools, colleges, hotels, and churches ever since. In 1997, she took and passed the membership exam for the Pianoforte Tuners Association (the only professional body for piano tuners) and in 2000, her tuning was also appraised by Steinway and Sons in London, who needed a stand-by tuner for recitals in the Lancashire area. In this capacity, and as in-house tuner for several local concert venues, she has tuned for some of the Worlds leading artists including Nikolai Demidenko, Pascal Roge, Imogen Cooper, John Lill, Martin Roscoe, Kathryn Stott in the Classical music world as well as Jools Holland, Rick Wakeman and even the White Stripes! Marianne spends her free time walking in the Lakes (with her husband Simon and dog Max), horse-riding and travelling.

Paul Guppy (freelance - Stringed and Orchestral Instrument Repair & Service Technician)
Paul has worked as a freelance musical instrument repairer and technician for Promenade Music since 1989. Paul runs his own workshop in Lancaster and rather than specialising in a particular area, he works in the general stringed and orchestral instrument field as well as being a noted harp maker. He has also been involved in the areas vibrant music scene for many years and can be seen in local combos and orchestras playing bass. Over the years Paul has become one of the country's leading exponents of West Gallery Music (the music and singing of country churches in the 18th and early 19th centuries). He leads the highly esteemed Lancaster based West Gallery choir, 'The Gladly Solemn Sound'.

Peter Barmby
(freelance - Electronics Repair & Engineer)
After completing his schooling at Hindley & Abram Grammar School, Peter gained an apprentice as a trainee electronic technician at the Royal Ordinance Factory in Chorley with day release at Bolton technical college where he successfully took his electronic technicians final certificate and continued to study to gain two further endorsements. As a fully qualified electronic technician, Peter joined the Bolton based music retailer Harker & Howarth's in 1968 as service engineer and became their overall service manager in 1970. As the service manager, Peter was in charge of relaying all the new technical advancements that manufacturers were implementing and was their Factory Trained Technician. He completed service courses with all major manufacturers including Yamaha, Hammond and Technics to name but a few. In 1983 Peter left Harker & Howarth's full time employment and became self employed. Peter has been Promenade Music's freelance electronics repair & service engineer since we opened in 1989 after we took over from Harker & Howarth's. Therefore Peter has been in charge of our customers electronics repair needs for over thirty five years.




We Care About The Brands We Sell

In all, we offer instruments and equipment from well over one hundred manufacturers. Here's a list of most of them, in alphabetical order so there's no favouritism! ;) 
2Box ... A ... Adams ... AER ... Akai ... AKG ... Alesis ... Allen & Heath ... Alto ... Arnolds & Sons ... Aarena ... Ashbury ... Ashdown ... Asturias ... Atlas ... Audio Technica ... Aulous ... Azahar ... B ... Barnes & Mullins ... Bechstein ... Bellolino ... Besson ... Beverley ... Beyerdynamic ... Blackstar ... Blue Moon ... Bluthner ... Bose ... Boss ... Breedlove ... Brian May ... Bridge ... Buffet ... Burns ... C ... Carvalho ... Casio ... Castagnari ... Chanson ... Charles Howes ... Chieftain ... Cort ... D ... Danelectro ... Dave King ... DBZ ... Deering ... Dell'Arte ... Delta Blue ... Denis Wick ... Denon ... Digiano ... Digitech ... Duesenberg ... E ... Eastman ... Eden ... EKO ... Electro Voice ... Epiphone ... F ... Faith ... Fender ... Fishman ... FleaBass ... Focusrite ... Fret-King ... G ... G&L ... Gator ... GFI ... Gibson ... Gitane ... Glenluce ... Gremlin ... Gretsch ... Guild ... H ... Hammond ... Hardcase ... Hartke ... Hayden ... Heritage ... HK Audio ... Hofner ... Hohner ... Howard ... I ... Irmler ... Italia ... J ... Jackson ... JAS ... JBL ... Jose Ferrer ... K ... Kahana ... Kala ... Kawai ... Kemble ... Korg ... KRK ... L ... Lag ... Lakewood ... Lakland ... Laney ... LD Systems ... Leslie ... Levin ... Line 6 ... Lodestone ... Logjam ... M ... Maestro ... Magic Fluke .... Mahalo ... Mapex ... Marantz ... MarkBass ... MarkDrum ... Marleaux ... Marshall ... Martin & Co ... Meinl ... Mendieta ... Moog ... Moon ... Morley ... Music Man ... MXR ... N ... Natal ... Nord ... Northwood ... Novation ... NS Design ... Numark ... O ... Odyssey ... Ohana ... Orange ... Ortega ... Ovation ... Overwater ... Ozark ... P ... Paiste ... Paris ... Patrick Eggle ... Patrick James Eggle ... PDP ... Pearl ... Peavey ... Peerless ... Percussion Plus ... PreSonus ... Premier ... Presto ... Primavera ... Prolight ... Protection Racket ... PRS ... Q ... Quiklok ... R ... Raimundo ... RainSong ... Ramirez ... Recording King ... ResoVille ... Rickenbacker ... Risa ... Roberto ... RockBass ... Roland ... S ... Sabian ... Samson ... Satori ... Savannah ... Scarlatti ... SE ... Seagull ... Selmer ... Shure ... Spector ... Squier ... Stagg ... Stagi ... Steinberger ... Steinmayer ... Stentor ... Stephanelli ... Stoney End ... Strunal ... Sweetheart ... T ... Tanglewood ... Tascam ... Taylor ... Ted Brewer ... Terry Pack ... U ... Uluru ... V ... Ventures ... Vintage ... Viscount ... Vox ... W ... Warwick ... Washburn ... Weber ... Westcoast ... WM ... Y ... Yairi ... Yamaha ... Yanagisawa ... Z ... Zildjian ... plus more

Our Customers

With over 40,000 customers, Promenade Music's very proud of all our customers musical endeavours, whether professional, students, teachers or home enthusiasts. We're also extremely proud over the years to have supplied many of the UK's top pros as well as thousands of semi-pro musicians all over the country through our mail order service. As well as all these private customers, our team of product specialists also supply schools, colleges, universities, places of worship, studios, venues, etc all over the UK.

Any Other Business?

Well, Promenade Music's partner David Wood is also the co-founder, direcetor and shareholder of the record label Faith & Hope Records LTD which, as well as having a UK #1 Hit in 2008, has the publishing arm 'Faith & Hope Songs' and 'Areebo' the Music Synchronisation business for film, tv, advertising and the games industry.


PROMENADE MUSIC WAREHOUSE
Promenade Music's 10,000 sq ft warehouse provides the extra space we require to operate on both a National and International basis.

How To Find The Warehouse at 12-14 Alice Street, Morecambe, LA4 5NH.

From Promenade Music.
- Head west (left out of Promenade Music's drive) down the promenade towards town.
- Turn left at the mini roundabout (by the Town Hall & Gala Bingo) on to Lord street.
- Take the sixth left on to Alice Street (the road's opposite the Morecambe Health Centre entrance).
- The warehouse is 60 yards on the left (it's the big 2 storey pebble dashed building with 3 steel doors)

Our warehouse, which is only 750 yards from the shop, has been the home to Promenade Music's retail support team (run by Eric Metcalfe) since 2002, and provides a fantastic back up to our sales department.

The warehouse houses all Promenade Music's repair and service workshops, installation department, storage & distribution centre as well as our additional 1,100 sq ft grand piano showroom.

The warehouse has been designed to be both a safe environment to work as well as a safe, dry, secure warehouse. It was fully refurbished in 2002 with external improvements including re-pebble dashing, a new roof, new windows and new heavy duty security shutters. Internal improvements included a long reach forklift truck, total re-wire and a full heavy duty shelving system for 8,000 sq ft.

Front line security was considerably enhanced with high security shutters, ram raid protection and inner door protection along with a state of the art, ADT alarm system with BT Redcare which is monitored over a BT phone line with a GSM mobile wireless backup - reporting any alarm activations (including the phone line being cut to the alarm receiving centre). The system monitors the alarm over a secure network and guarantees that any activation signals are received by the police station (100 yards away!)

With over 10,000 sq ft of extra space, the retail support team has remained responsive to diverse customer needs and the dynamics of a changing environment. Through a philosophy of providing a quality service, a commitment to reliability and the promotion of excellent working practices found upon traditional values, technological awareness and a progressive outlook.


THE AIMS FOR PROMENADE MUSIC
We want Promenade Music to ...
... Conduct business with integrity, ethics, security and professionalism.
... Be something to be proud of for all our colleagues.
... Be highly respected by both customers and suppliers.
... Provide Great Brands at Great Prices with Great Service.
... Trade successfully, in a stable and secure way, to benefit colleagues, customers and suppliers alike.
... Be committed to the belief that music enhances people's lives.
... Be the student, teacher and musician's first choice for musical instruments and equipment.
... Maintain courteous communication in an efficient and friendly manner to build long term relationships.
... Help promote and support music hrough tuition, demos, workshops and concerts.
... Encourage children and adults to learn music, the gift that lasts a lifetime.



Additional Business Info For Potential New Manufacturers, Distributors & Suppliers
Promenade Music is wholly owned by David & Ann-Marie Wood. The business has approximately 5,000 sq ft of retail showroom space, 8,000 sq ft of warehousing and 1,000 sq ft of Workshop space divided between the shop on Morecambe Promenade and the warehouse which is just less than 750 yards away from the shop. Both properties are wholly owned debt free. If you would like to find out more, please don't hesitate to contact us either by telephone on 01524 410202 (for international enquiries call +44 1524 410202) or email by at [email protected]


VAT Number For Promenade Music 529535230