Martin Cooke Posted January 19, 2022 Share Posted January 19, 2022 I originally started this post as a reply to the Rushworth and Dreaper post elsewhere but in the interests of possibly wanting to refer to other people's anticipated contributions, I have started a this new topic here... There is something rather special about the old music shops and their names and I'd quite like to see a list developing. A visit to any city always meant finding the music shops and a good browse through the organ music, LPs and latterly CDs. Could we make a list? And it would be useful to comment on whether they are still operating and whether they keep any stock of organ music? So... I'll start! Newquay, Truro, Plymouth - Yardleys - something remains in Truro, minimal organ music - perfunctory only. There was also a really good record shop in Pydar Street - long gone - I bought lots of organ LPs there including The King of instruments - a big moment! Yardleys in Newquay, I remember as a boy, but an old friend (Denis Osborne of St Columb and Newquay fame) some of whose organ music I inherited, clearly bought a lot from them as their stamp is on many items. St Austell - not sure of the name but there was a good stockist of all the old OUP and Novello folders in, I think, Fore Street, but that's been gone for many years - a shame Bath - Duck, Son and Pinker, Milsoms - (all one walk through shop) - all gone - much missed - in its hey-day, a great treasure trove. Salisbury - Stangers - now something else (was Percy Prior's) - minimalistic approach to organ music - Caleb Simper albums, Novello Bach, etc Winchester - Whitwams - gone. (Some of these names had a real ring to them - Stangers, Whitwams...) Chichester - Ackerman Music (West Street) - very good current and interesting selection of music - one of the best I know now for actual browsing and always call in when in Chichester York - Banks, of course - a long time since I've been - but judging by what I bought when on a conference in the city, the selection must have been impressive. And Banks Music Publications seem to always be producing interesting works - FJ, of course, but also Andrew Carter and especially Antony Baldwin - anything of his is worth playing and thoroughly enjoyable, in my experience London - where to start? Happy memories of visiting OUP and Novello as a teenager - (70s) - more recently, have enjoyed Chappells in Wardour Street, Foyles - a great character, who, I am sure, is well-known to some forumites, works in the excellent music department here with lots of browsing available. I bought a piece and found he had composed it! Also Schott in Great Marlborough Street - lots of organ music to view. Also Chimes in Kensington, but haven't been for a long while. Stoke on Trent - am I alone in remembering what was, I think Presto Music Supplies? Was it Maggie?? They used to source lots of stuff for me in my formative years and I had many phone calls with them. Gillingham (Dorset) - I still lament the loss of the wonderful Allegro Music and the excellent services of Barbara. Of course, they only moved to Dorset latterly. Could we keep going, please?? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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