Here at Westmount Music we simply love being part of the Global Village. Why! only last week we shipped a music stand to a customer in Brazil. And we are forever lovingly despatching jiffy bags full of high-quality musicalia to destinations across Europe. But when it comes to it, home is where the heart is, and for us, Marlow is home.
Westmount Music has operated as an internet business since 2006. Since opening our shop in Marlow Bottom in Autumn 2010, we have enjoyed making lots of new friends, and building relationships with local schools and businesses. A key part of our plan for the shop has been to combine meeting people with having fun. And where possible, visiting beer tents. This strategy has led to us attending several school fetes, and the Marlow Bottom Rose Carnival, which was a lovely way to spend last Saturday. These events have given us the chance to talk happily to people about music and instruments, and introduce lots of members to our Music Club. The Westmount Music Club is essentially a loyalty scheme. We have recruited several local schools to the club, and members who are parents of pupils at these schools are able to earn points as they spend, for both their own account, and for their nominated school. We are hoping that this will enable the schools to build up enough points to purchase instruments or music books that they would not otherwise have.
Still on the subject of teaching, our teaching room (see blog entry below) has led to us forging links with local music tutors. We currently have six tutors using the room for lessons, and we endeavour to keep them happy with the new coffee machine. We are very keen to meet local music tutors, and those who join our Music Club are entitled to double-points when they purchase products from us. So if you are teaching music in the Marlow area, please pop in and say hello!
We have recently added a local news page to our website. Please click here to find information about upcoming events, local bands and artists, music tutors and studio facilities, and email us if you have an event you would like added to our listings. Other invaluable sources of info about impending gigs, jam nights and open mic nights are rupesgigguide (host of the legendary Nag’s Head Blues Jam nights) and lemonrock.
We are very proud to be sponsors of MarlowFm, The UK’s newest community radio station, which launched on the 11th May. Our very own Paul Coombes is soon to be hosting a programme showcasing “Magical Mystery Guitar Tour”. A collection of Beatles hits arranged for classical guitar by the world-renowned Carlos Bonell, in collaboration with local tutor David Young.
As a recent visitor to our shop observed, here in Marlow Bottom we have everything. I buy my lunch from Bernie next door, get my hair cut by Lindsey at Scoobies dog groomers, stock up on chemical enhancement at Marlow Bottom Pharmacy, and buy my tea at the chippy. Washed down with a pint of Rebellion beer, brewed at the end of the road. Keeping it real.
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