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Meet The Team

Read About Promenade Music. We hope you enjoy finding out more about us all below.

Meet The Promenade Music Team

David Wood
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Promenade Music Limited Proprietor
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Read more about David Wood
- David founded Promenade Music in 1989 and is full-time.
- Contact David on 01524 410202 ext 208 or email him at [email protected]


Steven Wren
- Sales of Keyboards, Organs, Pianos, Accordions, Acoustic Guitars, Folk Instruments, Orchestral Instruments, Recording Gear, Hi-Tech, DJ, Lighting.
- Steven joined Promenade Music in 1990 and is full time.

- Steven is normally off on a Tuesday.

- Contact Steven on 01524 410202 ext 203 or email him at [email protected]

- Steven has worked at Promenade Music since leaving school in 1990. He is an accomplished organ, keyboard player and was the singer with the band Mint Royale and was the voice of the Hugo Boss television ad which he co-wrote. Steven sings and plays in the local function band 24/7 and in his spare time can be found walking high up in he mountains of the lake district.

Gary Thistlethwaite
- Sales of Electric Guitars; Bass Guitars; Pedal Steel Guitars; Guitar Amps; Bass Amps; PA Systems; Effects.
- Read more about Gary Thistlethwaite

- Gary joined Promenade Music in 1995 and is full time.
- Gary is normally off on a Friday.
- Contact Gary on 01524 410202 ext 212 or email him at [email protected]


Richard Turner
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E-commerce Sales, Mail Order, Website Content.
- Read more about Richard Turner
- Richard joined Promenade Music in 2003 and is full time.
- Richard is in Monday 10am - 2pm ... 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday ... 9am to 5.30pm Saturday
- Contact Richard on 01524 410202 ext 204 or email him at [email protected]

 Ben Holloway (aka Benni)
- Amazon Sales, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Guitars, Gypsy Jazz Guitars, Resonator Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Ukuleles, Acoustic Amplification and Orchestral Instruments. Marketing.
- Read More about Benni

- Benni joined Promenade Music in 2018 and is full time.
- Benni is normally off on a Thursday.
- Contact Benni on 01524 410202 ext 209 or email him at [email protected]


Andrew Ross (aka Rossi)
- Sales of PA Systems, Effects, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Guitar Amps, Bass Amps, Pick-Ups, Accessories, Guitar Set-Ups.
- Read more about Rossi

- Rossi joined Promenade Music in 2004 and is full time.

- Rossi is normally off on a Monday.
- Contact Rossi on 01524 410202 ext 218 or email him at [email protected]

Neill Thomson (aka Tommy)
- Sales of Drums, Percussion & Woodwind
- Read more about Tommy

- Tommy
joined Promenade Music in 2014 and is full time.
- Tommy is normally off on a Wednesday.
- Contact Tommy on 01524 410202 ext 369 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 is part time.
Unless on holiday, she is 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]

Bob Hartford
- Sales of
Acoustic Guitar's, Classical Guitar's, Gypsy Jazz Guitar's, Resonator Guitar's, Banjo's, Mandolin's, Ukulele's, Acoustic Amplification, Orchestral Instruments
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Bob
is full time and joined Promenade Music in 2019
- Bob is full time and
is normally off on a Friday.
- Contact Bob on 01524 410202

Stephen Holl
- Sales of
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Guitar Amps, Bass Amps, Pick-Ups, Accessories
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Read more about Stephen Holl
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Stephen joined Promenade Music in 2015 as a Saturday lad and has been full-time (unless on tour) since 2018.
- Stephen is part time and works on a Saturday from 9am - 5.30pm

- Contact Stephen on 01524 410202

Dan Pearson
- Sales of 
Acoustic Guitars, Classical Guitars, Gypsy Jazz Guitars, Resonator Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, Ukuleles, Acoustic Amplification and Accessories
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Dan joined Promenade Music in 2016
- Dan is part time and works on a Saturday
from 9am - 5.30pm
- Contact Dan on 01524 410202

- Dan studies at QES in Kirkby Lonsdale and began piano lessons at the age of five and guitar lessons at the age of eight. He also plays ukulele, bass guitar, double bass and enjoys playing rock, jazz as well as classical. By the age of 14, Dan had passed Grade 5 exams in Piano, Guitar and Theory. Dan also enjoys drama and appeared in a wartime radio on BBC Radio in 2015.

Harry Smith
- Harry works downstairs in the Rock 'n' Roll Department.
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Harry joined Promenade Music in 2018
- Harry is part time and works on a Saturday
from 9am - 5.30pm
- Contact Harry on 01524 410202

- Harry is the grandson of Gary Thistlethwaite who has run the Rock 'n' Roll Department at Promenade Music for many years. Harry is studying engineering at Lancaster & Morecambe college and is having guitar lessons here at Promenade Music.

Dale Lambert
- Dale works on the ground floor of Promenade Music.
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Dale joined Promenade Music in 2019
- Dale is part time and works on a Saturday
from 9am - 5.30pm
- Contact Dale on 01524 410202

- Dale studies at Morecambe High School and plays piano.
 


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
- singing teacher - Call 07766 687374 for lessons.
Andee began singing at the age of six in the church choir that her mum ran. She began taking singing lessons and passed her grade 8 whilst at school. She entered music festivals, and after leaving school, studied with the renowned mezzo-soprano Jean Allister, where she passed her diploma and continued to perform. Andee performed in everything from musical theatre to
function band vocalist. Andee teaches students from 7 to 70, and helps students achieve great success, whether for enjoyment, or in exams, festivals and auditions.

Keith Ashcroft - Guitar & bass teacher) - Call 07766 687374 for lessons.
Keith became a professional guitarist in 1978. In 1980 he co-founded the band 'Free Parking' with musicians who went on to work with 10cc, Swing Out Sister, Texas & Simply Red. Keith formed the 'Spiritual Hooligans' with Shovel and Paul Birchill (both of 'M People' fame) and over the years 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 more recent years, Keith played guitar on re-mixes for Sophie Ellis Bexter, Hearsay, S Club 7 and Emma Bunton.


Sandie Barker - Piano, keyboard, theory, aural, musicianship, GCSE and 'A’ Level music help - Call 07905 846383 for lessons.
Sandie studied for her
BMus (Hons)
in Music at Lancaster University; PGCE Secondary School Teaching qualification at Bretton Hall; and holds an ARCM diploma. Sandie taught music at Morecambe High School and went on to work as a freelance teacher and pianist, building vibrant Music Departments and working as an organist and choir director. Sandie is an enormously experienced and versatile musician / teacher, who welcomes working inclusively with students of all ages and abilities. After spending many happy years teaching here in the 1990's, it's great that she re-joined us in 2017.

Kathryn Baines - Piano, keyboard & theory teacher - Call 07974 505169 for lessons.
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 freelancer 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 us in 2005, Katherine spent eleven years teaching Piano and Cello in Hertfordshire.



Sales Support
Eric Metcalfe (Warehousing, Deliveries & Installation)
After working for Norweb as a fully qualified electrician for twenty one years, Eric 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.


Dylan Musgrave
(Warehousing & Deliveries)
Write-up to come


Ian Harrison (Designer, Web & IT)
After college, Ian started an apprenticeship with an engineering company and went on to gain an 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.


Freelance Repair & Service Technicians

John Clark
(freelance - Woodwind Repair & Service Technician)
After school, John studied 'clarinet making and instrument repairing' at Newark Technical College on a three year diploma course. Newark has a worldwide reputation for producing skilled craftspeople who are able to repair the whole range of the woodwind family. The course included the making of a complete 'Boehm system' clarinet from basic raw materials. After completing his diploma in 1987, John worked in a woodwind service department in London before returning to the north to set up
Manchester's Woodwind Workshop in 1989. John is one of the countries leading repair technicians covering all woodwind work.

Chris
Phillips (freelance - Piano Tuner)
For many years, Chris was a factory tuner at Yamaha's piano factory in Milton Keynes. After the factory closed, Chris moved back to his home town of Kendal, but still tunes for Yamaha events when needed.

Marianne Bailey
(freelance - Piano Tuner)
After 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. In 1997, she took and passed the membership exam for the Pianoforte Tuners Association. She is part of the elite Yamaha Piano Technicians Guild (tuning for Yamaha artists at venues throughout the UK) and is Head of Piano Technical Services at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with responsibility for over 120 Steinway & Yamaha pianos at this leading international music conservatoire. She has tuned for 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!

Simon Wroe (freelance - Piano Tuner)
Write-up to come

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.