17th Sep, 2019

Strike up the band - music shop to re-open in Redditch with new studios

Ross Crawford 26th Apr, 2019

REDDITCH’S much-loved music shop at the back of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre has been born again and is to re-open tomorrow, Saturday, April 27.

Borough Mayor Juliette Brunner will cut the ribbon on the shop which has been taken over by experienced music teacher and vocal and piano coach Tracy Wright of Redditch-based Vocalize Performing Arts Academy.

As well as offering a range of instruments for sale the business also has two new studios, one a recording studio, while a number of music tutors have also been recruited.

Tracy, a full time music teacher at Tudor Grange Academy, will hand the day to day management of the shop – Vocalize Studios – to her eldest son Callum, who is studying for a degree in music production, and the former manager of the previous shop, Steve Franklin.

“When I heard the business was closing I went down and had a chat with the owner Pete (Docherty) and then we took a leap in the dark,” said Tracy, as she dealt with a consignment of guitars and ukuleles that had arrived.

“We’ve refurbished the stock room as a studio and recording studio and although we are trying to do everything ourselves we would love musicians to come in and play,” she said.

“It’s a music shop and there needs to be music!”

Another hope is that the shop will become a ‘noticeboard’ of what’s happening in Redditch.

“There an awful lot of music going on in this town but not many people know about it,” said Tracy.

“One thing I want to do is have a band board where people can come in and stick their flyers up – but that’s something we need to do as a community.

“But the important thing is that the shop hasn’t gone, there is still a music shop in Redditch and everyone is invited to come in.”

The Mayor is due to cut the ribbon at 10.30am on Saturday morning.

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