Chimes is a small, independently run family business which has been trading now for over 60 years; an establishment providing great services to a range of musicians in London. They pride themselves on their customer service and ability to help and guide musicians/ teachers and music lovers, to what they might need. There are two main shops across London, in Kensington near the Royal College of Music and Royal Albert Hall, and one in the Barbican close to the Guildhall School of Music.
They have one of the largest sections of printed music in the country, as well as books, instruments, and accessories for all musicians from the absolute beginner to the concert professional. Their mail order service means music can be sent to you, wherever you are in the world. It is run by Natalie/Lara/Rose and a team of specialist staff, all with musical backgrounds and expertise.
The shop was started by Tony in 1974 after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music. He started by converting the basement of his father’s newsagent shop in South Kensington into a small music shop. By 1976 Tony was able to move into his own premises just down the road, which became the Kensington Chimes Shop and in 1985 he opened a shop in the Barbican.
Chimes is now run by Natalie, his daughter and Lara manages Kensington Chimes and Rose manages Barbican Chimes. They both run a specialist team, all music graduates from Bristol, Goldsmith’s, Trinity College, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. The team has a wide range of knowledge and expertise; among them are pianists, singers, string, woodwind and brass players.