Banks Musicroom
18 Lendal
Tel: 01904 658836
Fax: 01904 629547
Email: sales@banksmusic.co.uk
Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday
9.00am to  5.30pm
11.00am to  5.00pm
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Andrew Nixon

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.

Neile Abbs


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.

Daniel Swain

Assistant Manager

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.


Sales Advisor

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


Sales Advisor

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.


Sales Advisor

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

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


Expertise: Guitar, Bass, Piano

Bio:Joe has been playing electric, acoustic and bass guitar for ten years. He also tinkers on the piano and is very tall.

Musical Influences:Queen, Muse, John Mayer, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and all things grunge.


Expertise: Guitar, Amps, Pedals

Bio:Hayd studied music production, technology and theory at Leeds College of Music before joining the team in York. He has played guitar at many UK venues including O2 Academies, and his band Dear Atria featured in a number of music publications including Kerrang!

Musical Influences:Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, HIM, A day to Remember, Mark Knofler


Expertise: Digital Pianos, Music Education

Bio:Rob is a qualified music teacher, and when he isn’t working in the shop, he teaches piano and organ in schools. In his spare time he likes to cook, and can often been found sampling fine spirits.

Musical Influences:Tower of Power, Oscar Peterson, the great Classical composers, and Jazz legends


Expertise: Guitar, Tech, Music Production

Bio:Marcus is currently studying for an MA in Music Production. He produces his own music and has over 10,000 followers on SoundCloud, and has been played on Radio 1.

Musical Influences:Techno, House, Electronic, Jonas Rathsman.


Expertise: Guitar

Bio:Liam has 15 years of guitar playing experience and is currently studying for a degree in music. He is an avid follower of the Mod movement and has the haircut to prove it.

Musical Influences:Oasis, The Beatles, The Smiths, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Britpop, Hip-Hop, Dub and Motown.


Expertise: Piano, Double Bass

Bio:Rosie has a degree in music and is currently studying for an MA in Piano Studies at the University of York. She would love to appear on Come Dine With Me.

Musical Influences:Adam Green, Gaslight Anthem, Frank Turner, Richard Strauss, Mahler and Brahms.


Expertise: Vocal, Piano

Bio:Patrick has a degree in Music and Computer Sound Design and a Master in Music Therapy. He was brought up within a choir, signing for the RSCM until university age. Patrick plays the harp, bass guitar and drums, along with other weird and whacky instruments such as the harmonium, pedal steel guitar and concertina.

Musical Influences:Rachmaninov, Chopin, Reich, Zappa.


Expertise: Orchestral instruments, Sheet Music

Bio:Sarah graduated from the University of York in 2014 with her undergraduate degree in Music, and is now studying for her Masters. She is a violist first and foremost, but also plays violin, piano, oboe, flute and trumpet. She is an ardent cat lover and would bring her cat to work if she could.

Musical Influences:Orchestral music, especially Mahler, contemporary Classical music, Jazz, Folk, Electronic Music, Amanda Palmer, Queen.


Expertise: Sheet Music, String Instruments

Bio:Richard is in his final year of a PhD in Music Analysis at the University of York, having completed his undergraduate and Masters Studies there – they can’t make him leave! He loves playing the violin in ensembles and writing about all kinds of music. He is also an avid football fan, and a long-suffering Tranmere Rovers supporter.

Musical Influences:Beethoven, U2, Kanye West, John Adams, Radiohead, Kate Tempest, Brahms, St Vincent, Laura Marling, Mozart, Elgar, Sibelius.