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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
Promenade Music Limited Proprietor
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.
- Read more about Steven Wren

- 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.
- 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
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

Read more about Denise Clark
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]

Charlie Stafford-Roberts
- 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
Read more about Charlie Stafford-Roberts
Charlie joined Promenade Music in 2012
- Although Charlie is part time,
he's generally on a full time basis when he's back from his studies in the York University holidays.
- Contact Charlie on 01524 410202

Stephen Holl
- Sales of
Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Guitar Amps, Bass Amps, Pick-Ups, Accessories
Read more about Stephen Holl
Stephen joined Promenade Music in 2015
- 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
Read more about Dan Pearson
Dan joined Promenade Music in 2016
- Dan is part time and works on a Saturday
from 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
- Contact Dan on 01524 410202


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.
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.

Keith Ashcroft - Guitar & bass teacher) - Call 07766 687374 for lessons.
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.

Sandie Barker - Piano, keyboard & theory teacher - Call 07905 846383 for lessons.
After completing her
BMus (Hons)
in Music at Lancaster University; PGCE Secondary School Teaching qualification at Bretton Hall and ARCM diploma, Sandie went on to teach music at Morecambe High School. Sandie went on to work as a freelance teacher and pianist before returning to the classroom in 2005. Her freelance work included ‘temporarily’ standing in as music teacher for the launch of ‘Music Time’, a pre-school music group . . .  and ten years on she was still leading the group! Having spent many happy years teaching classes and individual lessons at St. Aubyn’s Music Academy, it is with great joy and excitement that she re-joins the Promenade Music ‘family’. In the interim years, Sandie has built up a vibrant Music Department at Wennington Hall School, she is visiting piano, keyboard, woodwind and brass teacher at Central Lancaster High School, and also organist and choir director at St. Christopher’s Church, Bare. Sandie leads the Northern Lights ceilidh band and sings with Gladly Solemn Sound West Gallery choir. To relax, Sandie loves to walk in our spectacular corner of England, and she keeps on buying books which she hopes to read one day! Sandie offers tuition in: Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Classical Organ, Clarinet, Aural and Musicianship, GCSE and A’ Level music, popular and classical Music Theory; all from beginner to post-grade 8/Diploma level. As a consequence of part-time teaching for eleven years at a local special school Sandie is convinced of the therapeutic value of music and she is currently supporting her practical experience with academic study on an accredited Music Therapy course. Sandie is an enormously experienced and versatile musician/ teacher, who welcomes working inclusively with students of all ages and abilities. She is passionate about enabling all who wish to play music to achieve their goal no matter how modest or advanced the aspiration.

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 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.

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.

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

Bill Shand

Write-up to come

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 ( 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.

Phillips (freelance - Piano Tuner)
Write-up to come

Marianne Bailey
(freelance - Piano Tuner)

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.

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.