Welcome to P&C Music! We are now celebrating 22 years of service to music lovers in the UK and overseas.
RECORD STORE DAY is over for another year…. or is it?
We had a fantastic day and met so many wonderful people, some regulars and some new. It was great to chat and share stories about our record collections.
The first person in the queue arrived at 4.45am and when we (Lise, Laura and I) arrived at about 7am to get ready to open there were over 40 people in the queue. This shows the huge dedication of record fans and their love of vinyl records as it was bloomin’ freezing! Hopefully, the first 30 in the queue were warmed by the complimentary hot drink and croissant we always provide.
It was great to see so many familiar faces. Many people travelled some distance to support the event at our shop and our thanks go out to them. Most of those in the queue were able to get what they wanted which was all the reward they required for getting up so early.
The discs pictured at the top of this page are all still in stock.
Click on this link RSD 2016 16 JULY to see details of the 179 titles remaining from this year’s RSD. It includes some we ordered in after RSD. For example, The Monkees 10LP box set on UK black vinyl, limited to only 150 copies available to the UK. The price for this set is £179.99. We’ve only one left so grab it while you can!
Call the shop on 01423 504035 or email email@example.com to place an order or make an enquiry.
“Do you do mail order?” Definitely yes!
“How much is postage?” It is calculated on the weight of the package. Proportionally, it is cheaper to send a lot rather than a few because of the way Post Office pricing is structured.
“I live in Europe / outside Europe. Can you send me things by mail order?” Yes. Postage/shipping will also be charged at cost.
“Will the price be higher after Record Store Day?” No. None of our stock will be sold at higher than its original price, however long it remains in stock.
“Can I get one copy for myself and another for a friend?” Sorry, no. The RSD ruling is one copy per person, to prevent extra copies being sold online at inflated prices. We (and ERA, the organisers) can’t stop this happening, but we can at least make it difficult for online sharks and sleazy profiteers who have no real interest in music.
“Will you be selling on eBay or other auction sites?” On eBay yes, but in accordance with the ERA rules at the original price and only as ‘Buy it now’. Please ask if anything above is unclear, or I have missed something, or you want to place an order by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
STOP PRESS! 20% DISCOUNT ON PREVIOUS RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES!
These are going fast, so visit RSD remainders from 2012 – 2015 without delay!
DAVID BOWIE, 8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016
The death of a legend – we will not look upon his like again. We always have his music in stock on vinyl and CD. His final album – Blackstar – is available from us in CD format: £13.99 from the shop, or mail order (UK only) @ £15.49. Email email@example.com for details of other titles in stock.
Visit the shop and browse through the thousands of CDs and vinyl records on display. If you are unable to do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an enquiry or place an order. We can then send your gift direct to any UK or overseas address you specify. Have you thought about audiobooks on CD? We have a large selection, including crime fiction, biography/autobiography, adventure and romance. They’re ideal for a long car journey, as there’s nothing like a whodunit to keep you awake! As for music, every genre is available on CD or vinyl.
We have also vintage, mounted sheet music dating from the Second World War and earlier. Failing all of that, what do you buy the music lover who has everything? One of our gift tokens, of course! You choose the value of the token and we will order whatever the recipient wants if it is not in stock. Mail order is available for any CD or vinyl record requested.
SUPPORT LOCAL, INDEPENDENT TRADERS – LIKE US! Whether it’s for a special occasion, a ‘thank you’ or a gift for no particular reason, P&C Music has thousands of vinyl records and CDs to choose from, any one of which could make the perfect present. And by shopping local, you’ll help to support an independent shop and family business. We look forward to seeing you! If you like us, help to spread the word and please say so on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter!
PLEASE NOTE OUR NOT SO NEW ADDRESS (we moved in July 2015): P&C MUSIC 6, DEVONSHIRE PLACE SKIPTON ROAD HARROGATE NORTH YORKSHIRE HG1 4AA
There is some space to park at the rear of the shop whilst you visit us, but please do not park in any of the bays designated for owners of the flats or businesses and make sure you do not block vehicle access to or from the area. Go to https://www.google.com/maps/place/Devonshire+Pl,+Harrogate,+North+Yorkshire+HG1+4AA,+UKemail@example.com,-1.527639,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x487953db175d4a11:0xe4b3f20350e96adc?hl=en-GB for a map which shows Devonshire Place and the location of our new shop. Commercial Street – the site of our former premises – is to the south west and the distance between the two is less than half a mile. You will need to click on + to enlarge the map to the point where it will show the location of the new shop. We are actually on Skipton Road (the A59), not some distance back from it, and just to the left of the Devonshire Arms (the pub now trades under the name 10 Devonshire Place).
ALL CONTACT POINTS – TELEPHONE, EMAIL, FACEBOOK AND TWITTER – REMAIN THE SAME AS NOW.
Please tell everyone you know that WE HAVE NOT CLOSED!!! Despite this unequivocal statement and our informing as many people as we can by telephone, email and social media that all we are doing is moving, there are still people spreading rumours that we have closed. I suspect that they don’t have internet access so cannot read this webpage, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook. It’s a constant battle to counter this damaging gossip which I have to deal with on a day to day basis. The last thing we want is for trade to be affected adversely by misunderstanding or even mischief. If you support our shop, please tell everyone you know that we are now serving customers in our shop at 6, Devonshire Place! We hope you will continue to support Harrogate’s ‘specialist record shop for all your music needs’, because without you we can’t continue. A big ‘THANK YOU ‘ goes out to all our regular customers who we will hope will stay with us, and a warm welcome will be offered to anyone who visits for the first time.
Music in the form of a square
For those who visited us in Commercial Street, the new premises could not be more different – it’s square instead of long. To say that it has been a challenge to find the most practical configuration for the CD racks is something of an understatement. But when I first saw the new shop I knew that it would be much better for vinyl fans – twelve boxes of albums are now at a browseable height on a wide shelf by the front window, rather than on the floor underneath the CD racks. In addition, there is a fold-out shelf which will enable inspection of boxes of vinyl singles. No longer will I hear the sound of aged knees going off like pistol shots as each beleaguered record collector attempts to browse through crates of LPs; gone forever are their groans of dismay as they try to get up after fifteen minutes of being in an almost foetal position; and I can finally say goodbye to helping each one of them hobble out of the shop whilst they press a hand to the affected area at the small of their back.
Come and say hello
If you haven’t visited us yet, please come and see us. Apparently, some people have gone to our old shop in Commercial Street and discovered that it is now a chocolatier. But instead of going in and asking if we’ve moved somewhere else, they’ve gone away thinking that we’ve closed! So please tell everyone you know that we are going strong less than half a mile away from Commercial Street!
What is P&C Music?
It’s an independent record shop and family business. Established in 1994 and under new management since May 2010, we pride ourselves on
- making all visitors to the shop or website feel welcome
- our dedicated service – the personal touch
- helping customers find the kind of music they like
- our expert knowledge of all kinds of recorded music
- making your enthusiasm our enthusiasm
- respecting the musical tastes of all customers
- our success in tracing rarities and deletions
- our expertise in identifying a piece of music a customer has heard (sometimes without knowing the title, performer or composer), and finding a suitable recording of it.
What’s special about P&C Music?
Quite simply, we pride ourselves on our personal service. Proprietor Peter Robinson began selling records by mail order in 1967 – that’s 48 years’ experience. Visit the shop, ‘phone or email him and he’ll do his best to help you. He will also respect your knowledge and only offer advice if asked. At P&C Music, we will order anything not in stock and quote you a price without any obligation to purchase. You can also buy a gift voucher for the ‘music lover who has everything’. We can help you choose presents for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and so on, or supply CDs as background music for a special or formal occasion. Sadly, this includes funerals; if there is a particular piece of music you require, we can usually provide it.
Our mail order packaging is sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of any postal service and ensure that your purchase will reach any UK or overseas address not only promptly, but also unscathed – after nearly 50 years of doing mail orders, you can rely on Peter to get it right! Unlike some online sellers, we have an actual shop which is brimful of all kinds of recorded music on CD, vinyl and 78rpm discs and you can browse to your heart’s content. If you want to, you can chat to customers or staff. You will receive courteous, personal service. You can of course send us an email with your order or enquiry, but better still, come and see us. If you are near Yorkshire or intend to be, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.
Do we still sell classical music? Yes, we do! Shop owner Peter has an in-depth knowledge of it and can answer any questions you may have. For example, if you want to get into classical music and don’t know where to start, he can help by suggesting some things you might like. The photos here show just a few of the things we have in stock there’s thousands more, on CD and vinyl. All you have to do is ask!
Why have we changed our name from Pomp and Circumstance to P&C Music?
When the founder of the business decided to retire in 2010, we bought it from him. But almost immediately we knew that we would have to change the name of the shop, as it implied that we only sold classical music. The customers thought this too, as it put them off from coming in or visiting the website (this is what they told us, when they did eventually visit). Once we’d changed the name, things gradually improved. People we hadn’t met before started coming in and were delighted to see that we sold all kinds of music, not just classical. But it was very difficult to change the public perception of a shop that had only sold classical and jazz since 1994. So, with our webpage, Facebook, Twitter, our presence on other websites and in the local printed media, we are getting there! We are making new friends every day and we love sharing stories about record buying and our collections. Word is getting round that we are indeed ‘the specialist record shop for all your music needs’!
A record shop is not just for Record Store Day and Christmas…
I know I said something similar at the top of this page but… it needs repeating. Don’t forget that we’re here to serve you all year round. We value your support and like every other independent retailer or sole trader, depend upon it to keep going. But all too often it’s a case of ‘feast or famine’ – Record Store Day and Christmas being the former. Please keep coming in as every purchase – however small – is important to us and helps us to keep going. Every time someone orders something from that huge, faceless online retailer, the name of which is the same as that big river that runs through Brazil, Colombia and Peru instead of from an independent shop, it weakens its ability to survive. Independent shops and/or sole traders don’t run on public funding like a library, museum or swimming pool, although some people seem to think so. This is characterised by people who come in and say:
– ‘Oh, I used to have that record!’
– ‘You don’t see many shops like this these days’
– ‘What a fantastic selection! I could spend a fortune in here.’
– ‘I’m not paying these prices!’ (when I ask them where they normally buy their records, they say ‘From a car boot sale’)
– ‘I’m so glad you’re still here’
– ‘I’ll come back when I’ve got more time’
– ‘Look at these! I just got them for 50p each from a charity shop’
To date, no-one who has made one or more of the above remarks has ever made a purchase. No shop – ours included – has any right to keep going if the local community doesn’t value the service it provides, and a community is made up of individuals. It’s all too easy for us to imagine a closing-down sale thronged with people expressing regret at our closure, but who have rarely or never supported the shop. The message is simple – use us or lose us, because once we’re gone, we’re gone for good. Since I took over the shop in May 2010, I have been privileged to meet the most interesting, kind, amusing and in general, wonderful people. It has been a pleasure to be of service to them and I want to take this opportunity to offer a huge and sincere THANK YOU to all who value the service we provide. Whether you are a regular customer or someone who has discovered us more recently – we will never take you for granted.
Compliments from our mail order customers
“Sorry I don’t do Twitter or Facebook – yet – but don’t know if you can use this: What a relief. The hardest part was lifting up the phone. One call to you and I’ve sorted my husband’s birthday present AND it’s going to arrive in the post”.
J Binnie, Knaresborough
“YIPPEE! The CDs arrived safely this morning, bless you. You can be sure that I will seize every opportunity to advertise your excellent service. You remind me of my beloved Morse – a great love of classical music AND brilliant detective work” Allison Peterson, York
“When I was on holiday I visited your wonderful shop and have since bought many CDs on mail order. Your service is excellent. You are always able to get what I want, no matter how obscure it is” Mr J Penrose, Southampton
“You have been invaluable in finding CDs of the works our choral society has chosen to perform, and supplied them promptly, giving me plenty of time to rehearse” Mrs S Owen, Pontypridd
“Although I don’t buy many CDs, you always remember me and treat me with great courtesy and your expert advice has never failed to find something I like” Mr E W Bailey, Thirsk
“Thanks for tracking down that Prefab Sprout LP for me! My boyfriend loves it!” Ms D Nightingale, Bradford
“You were recommended by Banks of York who no longer take orders for CDs. For the last two years you have been able to supply everything I have asked you for, mostly from stock but otherwise on mail order. Long may you continue!” Mr I Franklin, York
Not many people know that… …we also offer a book search and order service for out of print books. As a qualified librarian I have all the skills necessary to ensure that you will receive the exact edition you ask for. Email me to place an order or ask for further details.
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P&C Music owner Peter Robinson interviewed by Classic FM
Visit http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/record-shop-interview-pomp-circumstance/ to read an interview about the dedicated customer service and personal attention offered by independent record shops. Peter also gives a light-hearted account of daily life at P&C.
We’ll order anything and send it anywhere! Whatever your taste in music, and whether you want it on CD, DVD or vinyl, we offer a full mail order service to any UK or overseas address. Give us what information you have and leave the rest to us – we are experienced ‘music detectives’, expert in tracking down rarities, deletions or the just plain obscure. We’ll give you a quote with no obligation to buy (that said, all those who have used us have been delighted with the results and the price we’ve quoted, which often includes airmail delivery). It could be a long-lost LP, which they lent to someone at a party in their youth, or a CD that has eluded every effort they’ve made to find it in twenty years. Either way, it’s immensely satisfying for us to see the happy face of the customer when they gaze at a record they thought they would never hold in their hands. We really can make some wishes come true…
Kid’s stuff We have a large selection of CDs designed to introduce children to classical music, ballet and world music, plus CD audiobooks of classic children’s stories. Click here for more information: For the younger listener
Let’s put on the show right here! Come and browse through our CDs and DVDs of shows and movie musicals or contact us by phone or email with your enquiry. West Side Story, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, South Pacific, My Fair Lady etc and other favourites are always in stock, but so are a lot of less well-known ones. Many are ripe for revival – are you listening, musical societies and drama groups?
Nostalgia is what it used to be With recordings dating back to the 1890s there’s so much to choose from at P&C. Whether it’s bawdy music-hall ballads, poetry or songs from the First World War, or ‘Flapper’ music from the 1920s, we stock it. And moving forward in time, we also have CDs with spoken memories of the Blitz, songs that roused the Nation during World War II, to the ‘time of beginning again’ in the post-war years through to the late 1950s. If you remember a song and want us to find it on a CD, just contact us. To place an order or make an enquiry, click here.
You don’t have to be Jewish… …to like Jewish music and humour. for more information, Click here
Gift ideas for the music lover who has everything Click here to view our gift suggestions.
Don’t forget – everyone is welcome at P&C Music!
We welcome anyone who has taken the trouble to visit us. If you are unable to come to the shop, give us a call if you want to know if we have a particular item. We are particularly good at tracking down deletions, or locating a CD version of that much-loved but never-played LP in your collection. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us to contribute your views, make comments and ask questions.