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Learn to Play Day 2017 June 16, 2017 13:24

It's Learn to Play Day time again! Learn to Play Day is UK charity Music For All's flagship event and will be taking place nationwide on Sunday, 25th June. Sutton Music Centre will be participating in this fantastic event for the fifth year in a row!

We'll be hosting FREE twenty minute introductory lessons for Guitar, Piano and Drums. So if you've ever had an interest in tinkling the ivories, strumming your favourite song or getting behind a kit, our professional music teachers will be on hand to share their expertise.

We'll also have our ukulele tutor on hand to show you on a few ukulele chords while you wait! No need to book, simply drop into Sutton Music on Sunday 25th of June and we'll book you onto the next available session.

Also, everybody who takes part will be entered into a great prize draw, with the chance to win an Aria AU 250 all solid mahogany ukulele, worth £89! We'll be open from 11am to 4pm, so come on down and get involved!

 


Up to £500 voucher to spend when purchasing a Grand Hybrid Piano May 09, 2017 14:12

Time to celebrate’ with Casio and claim up to £500 worth of free gifts……..

Time to celebrate - Casio are celebrating winning yet another award for their unique Grand Hybrid digital pianos by offering customers up to £500 worth of free products (from their timepiece division) via a qualifying purchase of any Grand Hybrid piano (Terms & Conditions apply). The multiple award winning Grand Hybrid Piano range picked up the latest honour in March 2017, in the form of the ‘iF’ international design award amongst a product entry list of over  5,500 submissions. This latest award is in addition to numerous accolades and worldwide recognition of excellence for their new flagship, and truly unique pianos made in collaboration with high end acoustic piano manufacturer, C. Bechstein.

Back In November 2016 the GP-500 won the Music Industries Association award for most trusted, and innovative product in the Piano category at a prestigious ceremony held in central London. Prior to this Casio were awarded the Diapason D’or, a well-recognised classical music award in 2015.

The Grand Hybrid pianos offer a truly authentic touch with their full length wooden keys and unique grand hammer mechanism which faithfully replicates the feel of an acoustic grand! In addition to a remarkable keyboard action, the piano is centred around sampled sounds of the three top grand pianos in the world! Add in a recording facility and the ability to play along with REAL audio orchestral recordings, you will soon see why these pianos are cleaning up at award ceremonies around the globe!


Full time Sales Assistant required April 20, 2017 10:40

We are looking for a motivated, experienced person to join our sales team. You must have retail experience and enjoy providing a high level of customer service.
Candidates must play any instrument however we are ideally looking for a confident pianist to specialise in our piano department. Knowledge of notation, music history and theory is preferred and familiarity with Word, Excel and Photoshop is an advantage.
In addition to providing a high level of customer service, day to day tasks involve preparing the shop floor for sales demonstrations, tidying and displaying products, unpacking deliveries, communicating with customers via email/social media, setting up of teaching/rehearsal studios and developing product knowledge.
To start asap, the position is full-time (37 hours) including weekends. The salary is £8/hour.
Additional benefits include:
One free music course per year for yourself or a family member.
Free use of rehearsal/recording space when available.
Sheet music and instruments at trade value + VAT (and relevant carriage costs)
To apply please send your CV and a covering letter mentioning the instruments you play and to what standard. mark@suttonmusiccentre.co.uk

Easter opening hours April 13, 2017 12:30

We're open on Friday and Saturday this weekend so why not come along and check out some of our remaining sale stock. There are still a few fantastic bargains to be had!

We've hidden 6 eggs in store. If you find one you get a FREE egg shaker!

Good Friday 14th April: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday 15th April: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Easter Sunday 16th April: CLOSED
Easter Monday 17th April: CLOSED
Tuesday 18th April: 9.30am - 5.30pm (open as usual)

 


April Sale 2017! April 11, 2017 17:32

Our Sale is now on! We have incredible prices on some products that are outgoing models and it's time to move them on to make space for new goodies! Come along and grab a bargain.

Following the Frankfurt Music Messe exhibition we have strated to see some price rises and new stock is likely to be slightly higher in price. We will try and keep prices as low as possible but now is the time to make sure you get the best deal.

New legislation for wood imports is making it hard to get certain models and some companies are changing specs to compensate. Guitars that contain rosewood have been affected and we have a few of those in our sale! These models may never be repeated at these prices!


Grand Hybrid Pianos on show at St Nicholas Shopping Centre October 24, 2016 09:24

Sutton Music Centre will be showcasing the range of Casio digital pianos at St Nicholas Shopping centre between Thursday 27th and Sunday 30th October . Developed in partnership with grand piano makers Bechstein the Grand Hybrid offers a feel and sound like no other digital piano. Demonstrations, guest performances and special offers will feature during the week so come along and try out a range of digital pianos for yourself.Come along for a FREE 15 minute taster piano lesson on Thursday, Friday, Saturday  or Sunday from 12 until 2pm.

Grand Hybrid demo


Autumn Term starts on September 12th 2016 August 11, 2016 12:58

Our new term is scheduled and starts September 12th 2016. To visit our Academy website click here

We have group lessons for the following:

Piano  (12 lessons £180), Guitar (12 lesson £144),  Drums (12 lessons £180)

Term dates:

  • Start week commencing September 12th 2016
  • Half term week commencing October 24th 2016 
  • Last lesson week commencing December 5th 2016


Beginner lessons are getting booked up fast as we have limited availability so get in touch asap. For more information or to book call 020 8642 2838 or ask a member of staff.


Summer term starts April 18th April 13, 2016 15:08

Sutton Music has three dedicated teaching studios where we offer group lessons in a fun and inspiring environment. Our team of dedicated tutors have a wealth of experience and will help you to realise your musical goals.

We have many different courses for many different abilities. Our standard lesson format is 50 minutes with a maximum class of 8 pupils. However, to accommodate more abilities and allow a faster pace of learning, we have introduced 40 minute lessons (max 4 pupils) and 30 minute lessons (max 2 pupils). This allows more flexibility for the tutor so pupils can progress at a better pace. It also means we can keep the lesson as low as to £12 per lesson. Please call to check availability as some classes are full. We will be as accommodating as possible when it comes to finding the right class for your ability and therefore it can sometimes take a few lessons to assess the most suitable class.

Summer Term price: 12 guitar lessons £144 (£12 per lesson), 12 Piano/drum lessons £180 (£15 per lesson)

Term dates:
Start week commencing April 18th
Half term week commencing May 30th 
Last lesson week commencing July 11th


Easter opening hours March 24, 2016 19:26

We are open on Good Friday and Easter Saturday for all your music needs. We have plenty of egg shakers in stock, ideal pressies for people who don't like chocolate!

Lessons are at the normal times on Good Friday and Saturday 26th.

Easter Holiday hours
Good Friday (25th March) - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 26th March - 9.30am - 5.30pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Easter Monday 28th March - CLOSED

Egg shakers


Learn to Play Day at Sutton Music, Sunday March 13th 2016 February 22, 2016 10:05

On Sunday 13th March 2016, the UK’s National Learn To Play Day returns and once again invites the general public to participate at music stores and venues across the country to have a free "taster" lesson on a musical instrument. 

Sutton Music Centre will be taking part by offering FREE 20 minute lessons for piano, drums and guitar between 10am and 4pm. Meet our tutors, get advice about learning and choosing the right instrument, enter our prize draw and listen to some live performances. Lessons will be taken by our experienced tutors in Sutton Music Centre’s purpose built teaching studios and there’s no need to book, just turn up and have fun taking part. Children and Adults are welcome so if you’ve always wanted to have a try at learning an instrument this is your chance. 

The fifth National Learn To Play Day promises to be the biggest one ever. It is expected to provide over 10,000 FREE lessons delivered by fully qualified music teachers on a range of instruments all over the UK on the day. There will be more venues taking part, more events being held, more celebrities supporting the day and even more FREE music taster lessons. The National Learn To Play Day is the ideal way to start, or get back into, playing a musical instrument, whatever you would like to play.

 Make a date, Sunday March 13th 10am-4pm!

 Learn to Play Day 2016

 


Flats & Sharps perform at Sutton Music Centre. Monday Feb 15th, 7pm February 08, 2016 11:11

Sutton Music is very excited about welcoming the very talented band Flats & Sharps to the store on Monday 15th February for an impromptu gig. The 5 piece are launching their new album ‘King of my Mind’ with some tour dates and we’re lucky enough to have them drop by enroute from Cornwall. Described as a band that’s mixing up the folk world with echoes of Hayseed Dixie and Mumford and Sons they throw in beautiful five piece harmonies and a splash of bluegrass. Flats and Sharps have been getting fantastic reviews for their fresh original music and are tipped to be making a massive name for themselves in 2016! www.flatsandsharps.co.uk 
Come along to checkout this superbly entertaining and breaking new band. MONDAY February 15th, 7pm at Sutton Music Centre, FREE ENTRY

Wednesday evening ukulele club! February 03, 2016 13:22

Come along to our new fun group sessions for ukulele led by Julian Butler. Julian is a very talented, singer, pianist, guitarist, drummer, composer and musical director. He will be leading some simple arrangements of contemporary and classic songs, teaching chords and technique for beginners to intermediate players. Even if you are a complete beginner the classes will start off with simple technique and chords. As the weeks progress we will expand into new material.

The first session will be on Wednesday January 20th, 7pm until 7.50pm. It costs £7.50 session and you can pay each week. It is open to anyone over 12 years old and we hope to build a social, friendly group of approximately 10 enthusiastic ukulele players!


Late night Thursdays in December December 09, 2015 11:18


Full time sales assistant required November 04, 2015 10:50

Our goal is to become THE 'hub' for making music in Sutton and surrounding areas and we are looking for a motivated, experienced person to join our sales team. You must have retail experience and enjoy providing a high level of customer service.
Candidates that are able to play piano to a good standard would be prefered. The ability to play another instrument is an advantage.
To start asap, the position is full-time (37 hours) including weekends.
Additional benefits include:
One term's free music course per year for friends and family.
Free use of rehearsal/recording space when available.
Sheet music and instruments at trade value + VAT (and relevant carriage costs)

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter with the instruments you play and to what standard.

If you recommend a sucessful candidate we would like to thank you with a £25 gift voucher to spend in store. If you know anyone that may be interested in this role please put them in touch with us!


Autumn Term starts on September 14th August 13, 2015 17:35

Our new term is scheduled and starts September 14th. To visit our Academy website click here

We have group lessons for Piano, Guitar, Drums and Bass. Lessons start from £12 per 50 minute lesson. Book a course and pay the complete balance by August 31st to get one free lesson. To reserve your place you can pay a deposit of £50.
Beginner piano lessons are getting booked up fast as we have limited availability so get in touch asap.


End of term Concerts at Stanley Park - 14th & 15th July 2015 June 29, 2015 19:18

We have now confirmed the dates for our end of term concerts.
I hope you are looking forward to seeing Sutton Music Centre’s ‘up and coming musicians’ perform!
Our tutors will be letting you know which songs are in the programme and working with you over the coming weeks to get ready for the concert. Some of the beginner groups may not be quite ready to perform this term but we aim to include as many pupils as possible. 
Participation is optional however we would encourage pupils to take part as the experience of performing is all part of becoming a good musician. We will be featuring guitarists, bassists, pianists and drummers together in groups to give them the experience of playing in an ensemble with support from the tutors. If your son or daughter is unable to make it please let us know as soon as possible so we can finalise the running order.

Parents are invited to attend with friends and other family members. We will confirm which evening your child will be performing in the coming week and then tickets will be available in the shop, £5 each. The ticket includes a £5 voucher (on purchases over £20) which you can use towards the next course or other purchases. Vouchers are valid until July 31st.
You will be able to get tickets on the door but if possible please bring cash as we won't be able to take payment on a card.
Performers do not need a ticket.
 
Please arrive at 6pm so the performers can tune up and get ready. The gig starts at 6.30pm and should be finished by 8.45pm. There will be an interval where drinks will be available from the cafe.

The address of Stanley Park High is Damson Way, Carshalton, SM5 4NS. Parking is available on the roads approaching the school however if you wish to park in the school car park you should approach from Metcalfe Avenue.
To get into the school walk around to the right of the building and use the rear entrance.


Local Music News May 04, 2014 12:46

There is a good selection of live music on offer in the surrounding areas and we hope to build this page to provide a decent guide of 'what's on'. If you have any links or events you would like us to list please email info@suttonmusiccentre.co.uk

 

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Learn to Play Day 2013 March 16, 2013 12:19

Mayor Cllr Sean Brennan visited us on Learn to Play Day to lend his support to the event and help encourage more people to take up Music. One of our tutors Russ Parker was on hand to show the Mayor how to get started on the drums!
We offered free music lessons at Times Square Shopping Centre and in-store on March 16th as part of national Learn to Play Day.
 
There was the opportunity for anyone to have a free guitar, ukulele or piano lesson between 11am and 4pm at Times Square shopping and saxophone lessons in store (35 St Nicholas Way).
 
One of the UK’s most respected blues guitarists Robin Bibi also appeared, passing on his expertise along with some of Sutton Music Centre’s music tutors.

New Midtown Studios Website July 30, 2012 12:21

Check out the new Midtown Studios website to get the latest information about our on-site recording studio.

Midtown Recording Studios


End of term gig @ the Secombe Theatre July 20, 2012 12:22

We had a great night on July 20th when students from our music courses performed in front of family and friends, well done everyone. 

Midtown Studios now available for hire @ Sutton Music September 01, 2011 12:23

Our new recording facilities run by Tom and Alex are now available for hire. For the full details click here.

Sutton Music Centre’s new recording facilities September 01, 2011 12:22

If you record music at home but have no space or soundproofing, Sutton Music Centre has the answer. We have a live space and control room available for hire on an hourly basis. You can bring along your laptop or hard disk recorder and connect up to our mixer, monitoring equipment and away you go.
Our bespoke sound isolated studios are perfect for capturing a good vocal sound or recording drums which can often be hard achieve in a home studio.
The control room offers monitoring, talk-back, 16 channel Yamaha desk, USB 2 in 2 out audio interface and a comfortable environment to work. The Live room is approximately 5m x 3m and is visible from the control room via a large studio window. There are 8 tie lines between the rooms ready for you to plug in your mics. 
The cost for the use of the live/control room space is £20 per hour. This includes the use of the monitoring, headphone amp, mixing desk with talk back, mic stands & leads. Extra equipment is available for hire at the following costs per session: 
  • Studio condenser vocal mic £8 
  • Set of AKG drum mics £8 
  • 5 piece drum kit £15 
  • Marshall guitar amp £5 
  • Midi keyboard £10 
  • Other equipment available upon request
You are welcome to bring in mics, instruments and outboard equipment and we advise using your own audio and midi interfaces to save set up time. We have a refreshments area, toilets and an easy load in bay.
 
Our recording facilities are currently available for hire between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Friday. The rooms are often used for teaching at other times however please ask about evening hours if you need a block booking of at least 4 hours.

New teaching studios are now complete and available for hire. August 01, 2011 12:24

Our group teaching rooms are up and running. We also have a smaller teaching studio suitable for 2 to 3 people equipped with a Kawai acoustic piano and audio playback facilities. The charge per hour is £6 however we offer discount for block bookings. Please call and speak to Mark to discuss availability on 020 8642 2838
 
Our drum tuition studio is available for hire as a practice room @ £10 per hour. It's equipped with a 5 piece Pearl birch kit with Zildjian and Paiste cymbals. Call to book a time on 020 8642 2838

Harry Hill opens our new store July 01, 2011 12:24

We had a fantastic day back in September when Harry came to cut the ribbon (guitar lead!). Have a look at the footage of when Harry played the ukulele with our 'house band'.

 


Opening Day September 26, 2009 12:52

Opening day and our special guest Harry Hill really got everything off to a fantastic start. He treated us to a some tunes on the Ukulele with the guys in the band! Thanks to everyone that came along to support our opening day.


One Day Before The Launch September 25, 2009 12:50

We've prepared for our launch day and although there's more fitting out to do the display areas are ready and things are looking good. We're getting ready for a busy day and look forward to officially opening the doors to our customers. Here's the team.


Lights Up September 21, 2009 12:49

After a long night we've completed the lighting on the electric guitar wall and have to say it looks fab. Sorry to boast but thanks to our lighting designer the effect is really impressive. We hope you'll agree.


The Big Stock Move September 18, 2009 13:47

We've now moved our stock from the old Sutton branch and are beginning to add the stock from Banstead.
There has been a fantastic reaction from our customers that have seen the new store. Please be patient with us as we're still unpacking boxes and finding our way around the new premises.
Our acoustic guitar shed is looking great and we're constantly adding more instruments to create an impressive choice of brands. We hope to see you soon.
Don't forget our opening launch day on the 26th for live music, special offers and freebie giveaways!

Guitar Demo Rooms Taking Shape September 08, 2009 12:45

It's been all hands on deck when it comes to working on the new 'Acoustic Shed' display area.
We hope we've created an atmospheric area to display our new range of acoustic guitars. 
There is also a small demo room attached to this space especially for trying out guitars.

Good Progress With The Refit September 02, 2009 13:44

We are making good progress with the refit.
Our counter area is taking shape and the demo rooms have been created.

Matt The Wrecker August 28, 2009 13:43

Thanks to Matt and his years of training in how to wreck things we've made light work of making the guitar display space bigger. 
This is the start of our new Acoustic Shed where there'll be be a great range of acoustics and electro acoustics to try. 
There will be a demo room especially for trying out the guitars so customers can take the time to find the instrument that's right for them

Clearing The Showroom August 23, 2009 13:41

We have cleared the showroom ready to start the construction of the new display areas.
We are installing a new lighting rig and ceiling, luckily we're quite tall!!
There are some nice yellow walls to repaint so we've been working with sunglasses!!

John and Mark Allis sign the lease August 20, 2009 18:13

It’s been a long process to get this far but now the physical work of the refit can start.

We’re starting on the electrics and partitioning and more planning to get the layout just right!