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 27th year of serving music lovers in the UK and overseas.
WE’RE BACK, AND IT’S BACK!
RECORD STORE DAYS 2021, SATURDAYS JUNE 12 AND JULY 17
Just two this year (!), but other events are planned. As usual, the events are organised by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and their Terms and Conditions apply – see lower for details.
The first event on June 12 (RSD Drop 1) will NOT be in-store. Instead, ordering will be by ‘phone, email or online from 6pm (similar to some of the events that took place last year).
The second event on July 17 (RSD Drop 2) – at the time of writing our store will open at 8.00am and close at 5.30pm. Queues should be socially distanced and masks worn, as we are still in a pandemic despite what some people think and how they behave.
There are over 250 shops involved and the releases are shared amongst them. Like all the other shops, we won’t know what we’re getting until we open the boxes, which arrive only few days before the events. Consequently, our stock list won’t be available until just before the events occur.
Here is a link to the official RSD page, where you can find a full list of the releases for both events:
No more than one copy of an individual item may be sold to the same customer.
Items cannot be reserved or ordered before the event(s).
For the phone/email/online event on June 12, first come, first served on all items and nothing ordered/purchased before 6pm. Payment by debit card please. You may buy five indivdual titles. If you want more, you must wait until other customers have been served, then you can order five more. No items may be reserved. Mail order or collection from the shop at an agreed time after the event.
For the July 12 event, the shop doors will open at 8.00am. It is up to you what time you queue up, but obviously the earlier you queue the more likely you are to secure a copy of the item you want. Queueing must be socially distanced and masks worn. We are still in a pandemic, no matter what some people think, say or believe and we must all do our best to respect others. You may buy five individual titles when you get to the counter. If you want another five different titles, you must rejoin the queue (this is to try to discourage eBay scammers from hoovering up product).
Items unsold after each event may be purchased during shop opening hours on subsequent days.
For the July 12 event, there is no mail order until 8pm on Friday 23 July.
WE HOPE TO SPEAK TO YOU ON 12 JUNE AND SEE YOU ON 17 JULY!
PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO WITH YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR FAMILY AND ANYONE YOU KNOW WHO LOVES RECORDS! IT’S BEEN WAY TOO LONG AWAY FROM RECORD SHOPS!
IN MEMORIAM GEOFFREY WEBBER, 1946 – 2021
It is with great sadness that I report that Geoffrey Webber, the founder of Pomp and Circumstance (now P&C Music), passed away on 11 March. He served in the RAF and had an active political life as a Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for twenty six years, representing Bilton and Nidd Gorge. In May 2006 he became Mayor of Harrogate. He was also a strong supporter of the Harrogate Homeless Project. He was a well-respected councillor and politician who worked hard for his residents. His honesty and integrity will be remembered with fondness by all who knew him. His wife Pat, 74, said: “Geoff was the perfect husband to me – we loved each other so much and he was just wonderful to me in every way possible. He will be sadly missed by us all.” On a personal note, I got to know Geoff as a customer of the shop when it was in Commercial Street. When he decided to retire in 2010, I agreed to buy the business. He was generous with both his advice and with his time; I learnt a great deal from him and we became friends. It is testimony to him that the shop continues to this day and is now in its 27th year of trading.
LOVE RECORD STORES DAY PART 2, 5 DECEMBER 2020
The first event of this type took place on 20 June and it’s kind of fitting that ‘Part 2’ was the last.
We are often cheaper than HMV. This may surprise you, but it’s true. A recent example was the Star Wars Mandalorian 10” picture disc, which is still in stock at £16.80. From HMV it’s £24.99. I don’t have the time to label everything up with price comparisons, but if you want to check us out against HMV, you’ll see for yourself (‘Why pay more?’, etc).
As an independent record shop we have access to exclusive releases, some by indie bands and some by mainstream artists and performers. The latter may be a coloured vinyl or limited edition variant only available from shops like ours (high street shops and online suppliers will only get the basic black).
YOU DON’T NEED TO ORDER ONLINE FROM A MASSIVE, FACELESS MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION THAT DOESN’T PAY TAX, TREATS ITS WORKERS LIKE SLAVES AND DRIVES HARD-WORKING INDEPENDENT STORES OUT OF BUSINESS TO GET WHAT YOU WANT!
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.
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!
P&C MUSIC IS ALSO AT 53 BO’GROVE
Another outlet for P&C is unit 11 in the vintage emporium and farm shop 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. Please note that I won’t be there as the unit is managed by Bo’Grove staff, but if you have a question about any of my items please ring me on 07887 355103.
20% OFF ALL PREVIOUS RECORD STORE DAY TITLES! GET THEM WHILE STOCKS LAST!
Below are links to the lists which I am currently updating as quite a few have sold recently. As we are now down to single copies for most of them I advise you to get your orders in asap. All prices are before 20% discount:
Coming soon….. updated lists of all the above, plus remaining stock from: All three Record Store Days of 2020 (August, September, October) Love Record Stores, June 20 and 5 December, 2020 National Album Day, October 10, 2020 Black Friday, 27 November, 2020. All stock from these events is now discounted by 20%!
Call me during shop hours on 01423 504035 and at other times on 07887 355103. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order or make an enquiry re mail order charges.
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 email@example.com 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
I have left this info on this page as some people are very occasional customers and only visit every few years! 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 is now a beautician.. 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 still 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 1968 – that’s a lot of 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 so many 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. 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!
In addition to the large selection of new classical CDs, we have thousands of pre-owned titles – the largest stock in from the north of England to the north coast of Scotland. Whether you are a classical enthusiast or just beginning to get into it, a visit to our shop is a must.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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