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24 November 2011

Chichester Community Awards

We have kindly been nominated in the "Best shopworker" category for the Chichester Community Awards. The team has "been praised for its attention to detail and friendly, helpful attitude".

We would love it if you would vote for us. Voting forms can be found in the Chichester Observer. You can also vote by text. Text "cco awards 806" plus your name, house number and post code to 61500. Texts cost £1 + your standard network charge. Add the word "EXIT" at the end if you do not wish to be contacted for promotions etc. This service is run by the Observer.


11 November 2011

Progress report on Building work

The new shop front is now fitted and just needs painting. There is now a big gap under the floor where the old window area was. The whole of number 72 is now going to have a new floor laid to make our new showroom.

Our office has been moved to the rear of number 70. Next week our electrician will start all the required electrics and data cables for the new office. Number 70 has had a complete change around with the counters moved back towards the office.

Please be patient with us during the work. The end result will be well worth it.


02 November 2011

Building work starts in Hove

Work has started on the new shop front for the Hove store. Once this has been completed, we will be re-fitting the store and creating more of a show room for our customers to browse round.


28 October 2011

Keyboards & Digital Pianos now for sale

We now have a range of electronic keyboards and digital pianos available online and in-store. Have a browse online, or pop in to our Crawley or Brighton stores to try them out in person. Our Brighton store has the largest display... it's got the most room!


20 October 2011

Major building work soon in our Hove shop

Work is due to start shortly in half our Portland Road shop. Number 72 will be having a new shop front. This is being hand-built to match number 70. Once this is finished the inside is being completely re-fitted and decorated and will form a new display area and workshop. Customers will be able to walk freely into this area to look at instruments. Up to now it has been an office and storage.

We have already finished our new stock room and customer testing area. Once the new shop is fitted out, our customers will notice we will have much more of our stock on display.


18 October 2011

Yamaha Upgrade scheme

You can trade in your old instrument against a new Yamaha one under their new Upgrade scheme. The trade-in is extra generous through our shop, as we have increased the standard Yamaha amount. You will get between £50 and £230 depending on your choice.

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10 August 2011

'Exploring Piano Classics' workshop with Nancy Bachus - 5th September

Ackerman Music and Alfred Publishing are putting on a workshop in Chichester with Nancy Bachus, especially aimed at piano teachers.

'Exploring Piano Classics' will feature music and teaching ideas from this series by Nancy Bachus, as well as a review and update of the now complete 'Premier Piano Course' and consideration of the AB listed pieces from her 'Classical and Romantic Spirit' books.

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01 August 2011

Music Sales Choral Binders now available

To help meet the needs of choral directors, you can now browse complete works online or download them for future use. Give us a call to order from these binders.

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08 July 2011

New ABRSM bowed strings syllabus now on sale

The new ABRSM bowed strings syllabus (from 2012) is now available. Don't forget it's FREE UK deilvery for all music, no matter how much you order!


06 July 2011

Elton John's band picks Yamaha silent cellos

Elton John has gone on tour once again with his full live band, but with the support of additional musicians equipped with Yamaha silent cellos.

"Incorporating the Yamaha cellos into the mix has added a new dimension to what is a great rock ‘n’ roll band. Before we’ve done string parts from keyboards, so live strings bring something extra and has made me go back to basics with how I mix the show," said Matt Herr, Elton John’s front of house engineer.

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29 June 2011

MIRC Conference a big success

Attendees gave an overwhelming thumbs-up to this year's MIRC conference.

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09 June 2011

New Ukuleles now in

Soprano ukuleles from Barnes & Mullins and LAG.

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27 May 2011

New special edition Yamaha YTR8340EMS Eric Miyashiro Trumpet

This special edition Yamaha YTR8340EMS Eric Miyashiro Signature model has been hand selected by Eric Miyashiro and comes with a signed certificate.

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20 May 2011

New percussion range launched

We've just launched our new percussion range, "New Era" from Premier. Mainly aimed at schools and children at home, it offers great products at extremely good prices.


16 May 2011

Play with the pros workshop

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the workshop in Chichester on 14th May. It was a great success and we look forward to running more in the near future!

Check out our Facebook page for pictures.


18 Apr 2011

NetMusicalinstruments merges with Ackerman Music

NetMusicalinstruments has always been a division of Ackerman Music Ltd, it was our original online store. Both NetMusicalinstruments and Ackerman Music customers were served by the same people out of the same buildings. The decision to merge the brands together has been taken to help you receive an even better service in the future.

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15 Apr 2011

Play with the pros workshop - 14th May in Chichester

You have played their music, now come and meet them or perform with them!

Chris Norton, James Rae, Pete Cooper, John Kember and Mike Cornick are coming to Chichester to perform, instruct and educate anyone who would like to take part.

This is an excellent opportunity to get some valuable tips and insight from five professional musicians.

During the day, these pros will be holding discussions, ensembles, master classes and will also be around to just have a chat with over lunch. A day not to be missed... and it's FREE!

This event is brought to you by Boosey & Hawkes, Schott Music and Universal Edition, with Ackerman Music.

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10 Mar 2011

Discover Trinity Guildhall

A 'Discover Trinity Guildhall Examinations' evening is being held in The Richmond Room, Edes House, West Street, Chichester, PO19 1RQ on Friday March 25 from 7-9pm.

The even is open to all and is FREE! Please book your place on 01293 537900.

The presentation will cover:

  • The Trinity Guildhall approach to examinations
  • The mark scheme & examination process
  • How Trinity Guildhall supports candidates & teachers
  • What makes their examinations different from the rest
  • New syllabuses & publications

      5 Jan 2011

      New VAT rate

      The VAT rate has now been changed to 20% on the web site.


      6 Dec 2010

      Thanks to all who came down to the Brighton official opening

      We would like to say a VERY big thank you to all those who helped make our Brighton launch on Saturday a huge success, with a special thank you to Christopher Norton and Evelyn Harrison for their enthusiatic support to make the day so successful.

      Well done to all those who performed during the day, it was great to see so many people showing what they can do.

      View miPRO article


      17 Nov 2010

      Brighton store official opening!

      We are having an official opening day for our new Brighton store on Saturday 4th December.

      20% off all sheet music on the day and 10% off everything else in the Brighton store!

      Come and meet Christopher Norton, the composer, arranger and producer, famous for the "Microjazz" series! Christopher will also be performing during the day.

      Fancy showing off your playing skills? Come along and perform in the shop and receive a gift voucher and a gift. The best musical performance will also win a prize! Contact the Brighton store to book a performance slot.

      Wine and mince pies will also be available, so pop along, have a browse, listen to some music, have a chat and a glass of wine!

      View or download flyer


      10 Oct 2010

      New store now open in Brighton

      Our 4th branch is now open in central Brighton.

      Conveniently located between Brighton Station and the clock tower, 124 Queens Road, our newest branch has an excellent range of sheet music, accessories and instruments. The sheet music range will be growing over the next few months (there's a large area to fill!).

      View Map


      31 Aug 2010

      New 4th store to open!

      Our 4th branch is due to open in central Brighton by October... hopefully!

      Being so close to Brighton city centre, we'll be able to offer even more convenience to our customers and also be even more involved in the exciting Brighton music scene. Watch this space for further news.


      25 Aug 2010

      Paesold shipment comes in

      The instruments that Brian personally selected at the Paesold factory back in June have arrived and will be ready for sale asap. They include some new models of violin and cello and some excellent bows.


      20 Aug 2010

      New Notus instruments in transit

      A new shipment of Notus instruments is currently on it's way to us and includes new models such as a large bore trombone, straight soprano saxophone and a curved soprano saxophone.


      09 Aug 2010

      Excellent discounts on all York instruments

      Due to recent events, we are offering amazing prices on all York brass instruments. All warranties will be covered by Ackerman Music. Your chance to get an excellent instrument for a fantastic price!


      02 Aug 2010

      York brand to be discontinued

      Buffet Crampon, the makers of the Besson brand of instruments has taken over Schreiber & Keilwerth, the makers of York instruments – signalling end of the production road for the York brand. Read More


      02 Aug 2010

      Schreiber & Keilwerth joins Buffet Crampon

      Schreiber & Keilwerth, specialist in wind instruments, has become part of the French Buffet Crampon group, the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of brass and woodwind instruments. Read More


      29 Jul 2010

      New Case for the Yamaha YCL250 Bb Clarinet

      The ever popular YCL250 now benefits from a smart, upgraded case. The new case is a zip-up style with a large external pocket.


      20 Jul 2010

      New Yamaha Silent Violins in stock

      The new SV250 and the 5 string version, the SV255, are now in stock. Designed especially for stage performances, they are light weight and have a unique dual pick-up system.


      08 Jul 2010

      New ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces and Specimen Aural Tests now on sale


      28 Jun 2010

      Trip to Paesold Factory

      Brian has just been over to Germany to personally pick out the new stock of Paesold violins, violas, cellos and bows. He likes to see what's new and also hand select the more expensive instruments so he can be sure they meet the standards we look for.


      26 Jun 2010

      New Yamaha YTR8335SEU Xeno Trumpet in stock

      The new Xeno trumpet from Yamaha is now in stock - specifically designed for the European market, custom built to meet the demands of European Musicians.


      20 May 2010

      12 Months Interest Free on Yamaha Instruments

      As well as the Take it Away scheme, which offers 9 months interst free, we are now able to offer 12 Months Interest Free on Yamaha instruments. Please enquire at our Hove shop for further information.


      17 Mar 2010

      Meet Sharon Goodey

      Sharon Goodey, author of the popular 'Playing with Colour' piano tutor book will be in the Chichester shop all day on May 29.

      Phone 01243 781844 to book a slot to meet, chat or even have a lesson with Sharon within the shop.


      17 Mar 2010

      Hal Leonard Piano Workshop

      A piano workshop organised by Hal Leonard will take place at Central Junior School in Chichester on Sat June 12 between 10am and 1pm.

      Places are limited - phone 01243 781844 to book your place.


      11 Mar 2010

      New website

      You are currently looking at our completely re-designed web site, which has been 6 months in the making. Your comments would be most welcome.

      Some of the improvements include:-

      • A much more modern site with many advanced features.
      • Now over 35,000 products with real-time stock levels. You can now see whether your choice in in stock or not and the expected delivery time if it is out of stock.
      • More detailed information and pictures on our sheet music. This is continuously being added to.
      • More detailed information and pictures on our instruments and accessories. We are in the process of photographing all of these.
      • You can now create an account, enabling you to view current and past orders and other details.
      • Highly secure and safe card processing, which is fully PCI DSS complient (Payment Card Industry Data Systems Standard).

      Many thanks to Pin & Dave at Zone1 Creative for making this all happen.


      01 Mar 2010

      Yamaha free accessories

      We are pleased to be able to offer this again. Buy any Yamaha trumpet, cornet, flute, clarinet or saxophone and get up to £55 worth of free accessories. This offer is only available from Ackerman Music.


      Printed Music Award

      We are very pleased to be awarded "Printed Music Retailer of the Year" for the second year in a row. Lynne collected the award at a glittering ceremony in London last October.


      Take it away scheme

      From August 2006, we were one of eleven shops selected to take part in a 6 month trial scheme by the Arts Council, which offered 10 months interest free loans for musical instruments. After this successful trial we continued to be part of this scheme when it was rolled out across England. Full details can be found in a link at the foot of every page.