Store Manager; Northern Regional Manager; Operations Manager.
Expertise: Store Operations; HR; Project Management; Distance Management; Staff Development; Customer Service Management
Bio: Andrew is a Specialist Retail Professional with an undiminished passion for all things musical. He brings with him an almost obsessive love of straight, clean lines and has an uncanny ability to spot the next big thing.
Musical Influences: Philly Soul, Motown, Blaxploitation, New Wave, Americana, Folk, Scandipop.
Expertise: Retail management; HR; Project Management; Staff development
Bio: Neile has over 15 years of retail management experience. She brings to this role her love of music and the alphabet. She has strong organisation skills, an eye for detail and enjoys the challenge of staff development.
Musical Influences: Country, Alt-Country and anything gentle on the ear.
Expertise: Digital Pianos & Keyboards
Bio: Prior to joining Musicroom, Daniel obtained his degree in Music from the University of York, specialising in piano performance. Whilst Daniel's main area of expertise in the shop is the piano and keyboard instruments, his experience as a music educator has equipped him with a vast knowledge of the extensive range of tuition materials that Musicroom has to offer.
Musical Influences: In addition to his passion for the music of the great classical composers, Daniel enjoys listening to and playing within a wide range of other musical styles, including jazz, blues and music from the '60s and '80s.
Expertise: Classical Piano Music; Tutors
Bio: Owen has worked for Musicroom since 2000 in various locations including Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Norwich before settling in York in 2012. Back in the day, Owen played bass and keyboards in numerous Tyneside bands.
Musical Influences: “Led Zeppelin remains the best band there has ever been. Sergei Rachmaninov is THE titan of piano playing and composition.”
Administrative and Inventory Assistant
Expertise: Customer Accounts; Sales Ledger
Bio: Nicola has worked for Musicroom for over 11 years and enjoys liaising with customers old and new. She works behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the ship that is Banks Musicroom.
Musical Influences: Michael Buble, Take That, Bee Gees
Expertise: Brass; Orchestral Instruments
Bio: Charlotte is our resident brass and woodwind instrument specialist. She has played the flute for 10 years and has also mastered the piccolo. Charlotte has worked in music retail since 2008 and since graduating in 2012, she has been a full-time member of the York team.
Musical Influences: Wide and varied – from Gershwin to The Cure to Mumford and Sons.
Expertise: Sheet Music; Alto Saxophone; Clarinet
Bio: Heather has worked in printed music retail since 1993, beginning her career at Woods Music in Bradford. Her career with the company spans 14 years and includes a stint in Huddersfield before she joined us in York in 2012.
Musical Influences: Rock and Blues, especially Joe Bonamassa, Richard Hawley and Bruce Springsteen.
Expertise: Strings (Classical) – repertoire and tutors; choral music
Bio: Jane has played the violin for many years, enjoys playing the recorder and singing with a local choral society. She has worked at Banks Musicroom for almost 10 years.
Musical Influences: Opera - especially Bellini, Verdi and Britten.
Expertise: Clarinet; Tenor Saxophone
Bio: Natalie has a music degree from York St John University and is now studying for her MA in Community Music at The University of York.
Musical Influences: All types of music – folk, jazz, classical, pop so long as it has a good melody.
Expertise: Cello; Piano; Musical Theatre
Bio: Ashleigh joined Musicroom after her work experience placement and is still with us after 3 years. She has been studying hard and has recently composed and arranged music for her Performing Arts exam.
Musical Influences: Musical Theatre - especially Les Mis. Favourite performer has to be Alfie Boe.
Expertise: Bass guitar
Bio: Matt has15 years of bass playing experience which includes performing at The Sage, Gateshead and The Royal Albert Hall with artists such as The UK Blues Band and The Mitch Laddie Band. Matt has a degree in Popular and Word Music and PGCE in Secondary Music.
Musical Influences: D’Angelo, Erykau Badu, The Roots … Anything with a groove!
Sales Advisor & Musicroom Guitar Range Advisor
Expertise: Guitars; guitar repairs
Bio: Dean is an enthusiastic and passionate guitar player with unrivalled expertise in all things guitar. Dean can confidently sell you the right guitar whatever your budget and promises you’ll never be disappointed with your choice.Dean has recently been appointed as Musicroom’s Guitar Range Advisor and is currently working with the purchasing team to further improve the guitar and accessories range across the stores.
Musical Influences: Blues, Heavy Rock, Metal and Grunge. Favourite artists include: Derek Trucks, Gaslight Anthem, Keb Mo’, Stonesour, Audioslave, Pearl Jam & Soundgarden.
Expertise: Pianos and Keyboards
Bio: Tom studied Music at York St John University, during which time he played piano with the University Big Band. Tom enjoys a wide variety of musical styles, and has been predominantly inspired in his own playing by classical and rock piano courses. As a piano teacher, Tom has a passion for helping people find their way into music, and is always able to help both new and experienced musicians find the right instrument to suit their needs.
Musical Influences: Rock, Classical and Jazz.
Expertise: Electric Guitars; Pick-ups
Bio: Ben enjoys buying and selling vintage guitars in his free time. He also builds and modifies guitars as a hobby and is working on his repairing skills.
Musical Influences: Everything from Black Sabbath to Taylor Swift, just not at the same time.
Bio: Liam is a recent graduate of Leeds College of Music where he gained a degree in Commercial Music Production and Sound Recording. He is a freelance composer and producer, and plays drums in the local band Lost From Atlas.
Musical Influences: Bon Iver, Boards of Canada and Mars Volta.
Expertise: Saxophone; Guitar
Bio: Eve is currently studying for her GCSEs. In her free time she is a keen busker and a volunteer for York Hospital Radio.
Musical Influences: Animal Collective, Kanye West, Elliot Smith, The Velvet Underground, M.I.A., She & Him