About us...

Gloucester's premier, independent, family owned musical instrument store! Based in the heart of the city, we specialise in guitars, drums, keys, brass, woodwind, orchestral strings, sheet music, P.A and live music tech and much, much more!

We also do repairs and servicing on most types of instruments in our in-store workshop. Setting up a guitar? Re-corking a clarinet? Re-stringing a violin? Not a problem at all! The only repair and servicing we don't do are electronics (keyboards and amplifiers) or more complicated brass repairs. Any thing else though, happy to!

Meet the team.....

Richie Ashton-Phillips (Owner)

Born at Gloucester Royal Hospital and raised in Hardwicke, Richie took to music at a young age. Starting out on Piano and Trumpet and then moving onto drums and guitar he developed a passion for all genres of music. After completing A-Levels at St Peters RC High School he then went on to study Jazz Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama achieving a 2:1 Degree with honours. This then led to a career as a session musician working with artists and ensembles from all genres. Notable work includes; The Welsh Jazz Composers Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Dennis Rollins, Jamie Cullum, Shirley Bassey, Catherine Jenkins, Charlotte Church, Art Themen, Cory Brass Band.

In addition to performing, Richie is a highly accredited educator. In recent years he has been Director of WorldBeatsMusic Ltd, conductor for Oxfordshire County Youth Big Bands and Oxfordshire County Youth Percussion Ensemble. Notable awards include; Will Michael Award for Outstanding Education in Jazz and runner up in the Classic FM 'Inspirational Music Teacher of the Year Award 2016'.

Outside of music Richie is a huge fan of Gloucester Rugby and has a passion for cars and racing.....and border collies!

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Laura Ashton-Phillips (Owner)

Born in Plymouth but raised in Frampton-on-Severn Laura has been playing Clarinet and Saxophone since childhood. Throughout her schooling Laura played with Gloucester Youth Jazz Orchestra and many other youth groups.

After completing university in Oxford Laura became administrator with WorldBeatsMusic Ltd, soon becoming Business Director. This led to awards including Abingdon Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Oxfordshire Winner of the Daily Mail Business Accelerators Competition.

Outside of music Laura loves, gardening, rugby, F1 and.... border collies!

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Ben Grimes (Sales Manager/Technician)

Born and raised in Gloucester, Ben left Beaufort School in 1995 and began his career with Duckson & Pinker Music. Here he worked as a sales manager and technician until moving to SoundHouse in 2011. Ben has received extensive training in repair and maintenance of instruments. He is highly skilled in guitar and brass & woodwind repair having attended specialist training courses with Trevor James and Yamaha.

As a musician Ben's expertise lies in the world of Brass! As well as playing with Drybrook Brass band for many years Ben is also a well known figure in the world of marching bands. Previous ensembles include; Stateside (Glos), The Senators (East Leigh), Kidsgrove Scouts (Staffordshire). He is currently Musical Director with 'The Comets' marching band based in West Midlands.

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