June Emerson Wind Music was officially launched on May 1st 1971 from a house in St.Albans, Hertfordshire, England. June had been an active freelance bassoon player and teacher until her children were born in 1967/68. This was just at the time when teaching of wind instruments in schools was beginning to take off in the UK. Many friends, who were also teachers, were finding it difficult to get music for students as music shops kept very little repertoire. To fill this need June decided to start a mail-order specialist sheet music business for wind players. She had very little in the way of starting capital but a great deal of enthusiasm, having developed a love of handling printed music when librarian of the Edinburgh Rehearsal Orchestra (now The Rehearsal Orchestra). Her first catalogue was compiled from lists of recommended music by fellow teachers, and about 50 copies were mailed out. At this time she had no stock of music whatever. As soon as the orders started coming in she would buy in copies from the publishers for the customers and a spare copy of each title for the shelf. In this way the stock was built up, copy by copy, of music that customers really wanted. This is still how the business works today, and with the stock now standing at well over 58,500 works, the experiment was obviously a success.
We order from a selection of over 1,000 publishers and suppliers worldwide (as necessary) at least 3 times a week, which ensures a regular and speedy replenishment of stock. We always charge the recommended retail price (RRP) as set by the publisher/supplier, unless no trade discount is offered or high shipping costs from overseas publishers require that we impose a minimal mark-up to avoid financial loss.
We make a point of treating our customers as friends, as indeed many of them have become, concentrating on the quality of the service we provide rather than how much money we can make. The bottom line is, of course, a consideration as a matter of survival, but not our prime concern. We will often do something at a loss, just to help a musician in a crisis. We know from years of experience that the goodwill created in this way far outweighs any financial loss.
We think, and our customers reinforce this idea, that we are different because we are specialised, friendly and give a first class, speedy and knowledgeable service. We will go out of our way to track down and obtain even the most obscure pieces of music for our customers. Often, general music shops are just not able to give the service that we provide as they can't keep such a comprehensive stock of music.
Our customers include music conservatoires worldwide, music schools, orchestras, and professional musicians. We provide music for teachers, students and many thousands of amateur music-makers. Music is the great international language and removes all barriers between nationalities and age-groups.
We recycle as much as possible, reusing all packaging materials that are still in perfect condition, so you may receive your order in a box with someone else's logo on it!
We have a happy team of 5 staff members, some of whom have been with us for a very long time. It's a good mixture of musicians and non-musicians, with a wide range of skills and abilities. We're very much like a family, all working closely together but seeing each other through personal ups and downs as well. This is very important as it maintains the friendly and personal service which we extend to our customers. They are:
Rachel Emerson - Partner
John Toll - Accounts
Stewart Thorp - Telephone
Jeremy Durant - Telephone
Alison Hicks - Invoicing & Shipping
We offer a truly comprehensive selection of wind music online, with well over 57,000 titles listed (and increasing daily), most of which are in stock and ready for immediate despatch.
We also stock a large range of theory and aural resources and specialist books.
We are absolutely committed to providing a first class service to musicians worldwide.
If you’re looking for a piece of music that isn’t listed on our website, we will do whatever we can to find it for you, no matter how long it takes. Just let us know what you’re looking for.
We are a friendly, helpful team of people with lots of specialist knowledge between us, so we’re always happy to offer advice and information whenever needed.
Contact us on +44(0)1439 788324 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) between 9am and 5pm (GMT).
9am to 5pm (GMT)
Monday to Friday (excluding UK Bank Holidays)
VAT No: 172 1180 92 GB
June Emerson Wind Music
Tel: +44 (0)1439 788324
Fax: +44 (0)1439 788715