P&C MUSIC 6, Devonshire Place Skipton Road Harrogate North Yorkshire HG1 4AA T: 01423 504035
Opening hours: 9.30 - 5.30 Tuesday - Saturday
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Welcome to P&C Music! We are now celebrating our 26th year of serving music lovers in the UK and overseas.
P&C MUSIC TO RE-OPEN ON SATURDAY 22 AUGUST AT 9.30am!
At last! I won’t waste time on explaining why it’s been so long, but just as we were ready to re-open, COVID-19 made its unwelcome appearance.
I will ask everyone who visits the shop to do the same thing – to wear a mask and sanitise your hands upon entry. If you don’t want to do that, you won’t be admitted – simple as that. No-one knows if they are a carrier, as you can be without exhibiting symptoms of the disease. As the nature of visitors to record shops is the joy of flipping through boxes of records, you need to sanitise your hands. Wearing a mask means you respect the people around you. I will do everything I can to ensure that not only are you safe, but others in the shop are too – including me.
As regards social distancing, I will allow two people in at a time as it’s so small. We should all know by now that we should respect the personal space of others and not make them uncomfortable by getting too close.
During the lockdown I worked from home, posting records for sale on the shop Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PandCMusic (suggest you have a look at these posts, there’s some brillant stuff!). Obviously, the takings plummeted with no-one able to browse in the shop as normal. If nothing else, I was doggedly determined to ensure the shop continued after reaching its 26th birthday, and I’ve done it thanks to the support of those who continued to order from me and kept the shop going. You are brilliant, all of you – you know who you are.
Not being in the shop was sad for me and all my regular customers. I missed the chats about people’s favourite bands and gigs, their record collections and funny stories. Also that special moment when someone chances upon something they’d been after for years, or didn’t know existed – there’s nothing like it!
Once the door is open again, I would prefer debit card to other forms of payment. There are two reasons for this: 1) as an independent shop I have very small margins and the fees on credit payment are higher than debit cards. Every little helps. 2) because of the virus. I hope this is ok with everyone.
On that note, if it is possible to sanitise your purchase without detriment to it, I will do so. If you don’t want me to, just say so. All purchases will go in a sanitised bag.
I look forward to getting behind the new (unfinished – don’t ask!) counter to help you in any way I can.
Remember: – you can pre-order new releases or re-issued titles – as an independent record shop, we stock exclusive releases unavailable to HMV and Amazon – we are often cheaper than HMV or Amazon – that may surprise you, but it’s true!
I’m looking forward to seeing you again after so long!
Read on for an important announcement!
WE ARE DOING THE THREE RECORD STORE DAYS ON SATURDAYS AUGUST 29 SEPTEMBER 26 OCTOBER 24 FOR EACH WE OPEN AT 8.00am AND CLOSE AT 5.30pm
If you read the following it should tell you everything you need to know about how I will be running these three events, known as ‘drops’. The majority of the releases will be in the Aug 29 drop – 386 of them!
About RSD Over 250 shops are doing RSD this year and a lot of the titles are in limited editions. With so many shops participating, no shop will have lots of copies of each title as they have to be shared around. Also, none of us know which titles or how many of each we are getting until the boxes arrive.
Record Store Day is organised by ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association) and each shop has to sign up to a code of conduct to ensure it is run the same way. For example, no shop can take individual orders or reserve items, as customers must purchase direct from a participating shop. Shops which break the rules have been banned for life from future events. For more information, see https://recordstoreday.co.uk/about-rsd/faqs/. Other pages may be of interest too.
This year’s releases The full list of releases for RSD2020 compiled by ERA is linked here ERA OFFICIAL RSD2020 LIST and it shows which of the three drop dates each record is released.
I am not getting all of them in – no shop ever does – but I am compiling a list of what P&C Music will be stocking and this will go on the shop website before the event. If there’s time, I will include stock remaining from the ‘Love Record Stores’ event on 20 June and possibly some back catalogue items by artists who have a RSD2020 release (all the latter will be in bold type to distinguish them from the ‘extra’ stuff). For budgetary reasons I won’t be giving out a printed copy of the list this year, so please look at it before you come or print one out yourself if you need to.
Preparing for your visit We will open at 8.00am, which is the earliest time allowed, and close at 5.30pm. There will be a queue. In some large towns and cities people queue all night, but I’ve been running the event since 2012 in Harrogate and no-one has done that – yet! My most frequently asked question is “When should I queue up?” which is an impossible question to answer! It’s up to you how much you want the record you are seeking and how early you are prepared to get up to queue for it.
Although we close on each drop date at 5.30pm, from 6pm we will answer telephone and email enquiries for those who want to request mail order or collection for the remaining stock. Anyone doing so must bear in mind that they are more likely to get what they want by visiting the shop between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm, as a lot of the titles will have sold out by 6pm.
Social distancing and personal safety Starting with the premise that anyone can be a carrier of COVID-19 without exhibiting any symptoms of having it, I would request that you respect each others’ personal space and queue with the appropriate distance between you. Based upon the experience I have had visiting shops and seeing customers pulling up coats over their mouths, lowering a mask when speaking to shop staff or standing inches away from someone and not wearing a mask, I want to do everything I can to ensure that not only are you safe, but others who visit the shop are too – including me.
I will be running the event from the doorway of the shop as there is no room for social distancing for a queue inside.
All visitors will be required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose and sanitise their hands. It would be a shame to queue up for hours and then be turned away. If you are not happy with either of these requirements, don’t come to my shop. I want to protect my customers from those who have a cavalier attitude to social distance and sanitising.
When it’s your turn at the counter In the left-hand column of our list is a running number. Please quote this when you place your order, rather than the title or artist. With hundreds of records to look through, it’s much quicker for the retrieval staff and you’ll have less time to wait.
You can have up to five different items in one go. If you want more, please rejoin the queue. Then everyone gets a chance of getting something they want. Only one copy of each individual item can be purchased.
Once the door is open again, I would prefer debit card payments to other forms of payment. There are two reasons for this: 1) as an independent shop I have very small margins and the fees on credit payment are higher than debit cards. Every little helps. 2) because of the virus. I hope this is ok with everyone.
On that note, if it is possible to sanitise your purchase without detriment to it, I will do so. If you don’t want me to, just say so. All purchases will go in a sanitised bag.
I hope you find the above information useful and – good luck on the day!
This was an alternative event to Record Store Day and did not take place in-store. Instead, the stock was available from us by mail order or local collection.
Over 130 stores took part and most of the titles were limited editions. We ordered as many copies of each as we could but it was inevitable that we would run out of some of them. We did our best!
My daughter Laura and I were on the ‘phones and email and spoke with lots of lovely people who share our passion for music. I hope all those who bought from us were pleased with the service you received and are enjoying those wonderful records.
You’ll be pleased to know that we have some stock left. Here’s the link to the list. If it’s not on the list, we haven’t got it, and nor has the distributor we got it from. It’s gone, it is no more, etc.
On here I post photos of and info about new vinyl for sale from the shop. If you can be bothered, scroll back through the posts for a few months as some may still be available (I usually have multiple copies). Some are new releases, some re-issues. Sometimes I feature a band or artist, sometimes it’s just random stuff. As an independent record store we stock exclusive releases on coloured vinyl and limited editions not available to HMV. Also, we are able to undercut them by several £s. We can of course order and send you anything you like as well – I supply records to music enthusiasts all over the world. Postage is charged at cost. I think it’s worth your while to follow us and hope you find it useful.
As I am in lockdown and working from home, orders generated by what I post on Facebook or this web page are very important. Just to reassure you – all stock delivered to me is sanitised upon receipt and everything sent or collected from me is as well.
If you can’t find something you fancy, I will be very surprised!
OUR CONTACT DETAILS HAVE CHANGED
Until the shop re-opens on August 22nd, please use these contact details: Telephone: 07887 355103 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org If I am not immediately available, I will answer your enquiry as soon as possible.
P&C MUSIC IS ALSO AT 53 BO’GROVE
Although the shop is temporarily closed, another outlet for P&C Music is Unit 11 at 53 Bo’Grove, a vintage emporium and recycling centre at 53, Grove Road, Harrogate, HG1 5EP. The telephone number is 01423 540220. Here I am selling new and pre-owned vinyl and CDs. Please visit https://www.facebook.com/53BoGrove/ for further information about this brilliant independent venture.
20% OFF ALL PREVIOUS RECORD STORE DAY TITLES! GET THEM WHILE STOCKS LAST!
Here are links to the lists which were updated on 8 April 2019. All prices are before discount:
Call me on 07887 355103 or email email@example.com to place an order or make an enquiry re mail order charges.
This offer is of course while stocks last – we are down to just one or two copies of most of the titles.
Please note that as an authorised Record Store Day dealer I abide by the terms and conditions of sale as stipulated by the ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association), which organises the event. One of the rules is that although each customer may purchase as many individual titles as they like (the more the merrier as far as I’m concerned!), I can’t sell more than one copy of an individual title to the same customer.
If you want mail order we can post / ship (charge is at cost) to any UK or overseas address. Please state your address and I will tell you how much.
FILL YOUR VINYL BOOTS!
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 in Devonshire Yard at the rear of the shop whilst you visit us, but pleasedo 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. 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. We are actually on Skipton Road (the A59) just to the left of Devonshire Gent barber shop.
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 seen that the premises now sells Slavic food and groceries. Instead of assuming that we had closed, they could have asked what happened to that great record shop that used to be there, by going to the premises either side of it, namely Lilly’s Café or Addyman’s Butchers and asking for directions! 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…
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 continue. If only people stopped to think of the consequences when they order from that huge, faceless online retailer, the name of which is the same as that big river that runs through Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Every time they do so, it lessens the chances of survival for local shops. Independents 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’ve got this one! And this one!’
– ‘I’ll come back when I’ve got more time’
– ‘Look at these! I just got them for 50p each from a charity shop’
Unfortunately, shops don’t run on compliments. To date, no-one who has made one or more of the above remarks has ever made a purchase here. 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 ever supported the shop. The message is simple – use us or lose us, because once we’re gone, we’re gone for good.
Music brings people together. 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.
No comment necessary!
P&C Music owner Peter Robinson interviewed by Classic FM
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…
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
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 email@example.com
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