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Meet The Team

Read About Promenade Music

Meet The Promenade Music Team

David Wood
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Proprietor of Promenade Music
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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]


Gary Thistlethwaite
- Sales of Electric Guitars; Bass Guitars; Pedal Steel Guitars; Guitar Amps; Bass Amps; PA Systems; Effects.
- 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.
- Richard joined Promenade Music in 2003 and is full time.
- Richard is in Monday & Friday 10am - 6pm ... 10am to 7pm Tuesday & Thursday (off Wednesday) ... 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.
- Benni joined Promenade Music in 2018 and is full time.
- Benni is normally off on a Tuesday.
- 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.
- 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]

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

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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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Stephen joined Promenade Music in 2015 as a Saturday lad and has been full-time (unless on tour) since 2018.
- Stephen is full time
and is normally off on a Wednesday.
- Contact Stephen on 01524 410202


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


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.

Steph Edwards - Piano, keyboard and music theory.  Call 07975 572108 for lessons.
A performance major graduate in organ and harpsichord from Huddersfield Polytechnic School of Music, Steph gained her BA(Hons) Music degree in 1987 and went straight into her dream job in Music Administration at the Royal Festival Hall in London. After a couple of exciting years in London, Steph returned home to Lancaster where she gained her Primary PGCE (Music) from St Martin’s College and after 27 years of classroom experience, she is transfered her skills to teach music on a one-to-one basis.


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
Dylan Musgrave (Warehousing & Deliveries)

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!

Bill Spencer (freelance - Electronics Repair & Engineer).