Mark Allis has grown up with the Company and has now taken on the running and development of Sutton Music Centre. With the retail showroom, teaching studios, instrument workshop and live music events he is aiming at Sutton Music Centre becoming the hub for music making in Sutton and surrounding areas. Mark is a session drummer who has played with an ecletic mix of artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to The Mighty Boosh!
Having spotted the niche for a musical retail outlet back in 1980, the managing Director John initially converted his garage business into a music shop in Tadworth. The opportunity to purchase Sutton music shop then arose shortly afterwards in 1985 and then he swapped the Tadworth location to Banstead High Street in the mid 1990's. John is an experienced instrument repairer and services woodwind, brass and string instruments. Always keen for a chat, John will be happy to advise on matters ranging from Mozart to Musical Instrument Mechanics.
Louise has also grown up with the Company and now manages the Sheet music department. Her reservoir of knowledge ranging from exam pieces through to the most current popular tabs Louise has helped us to provide a quick and useful service to customers with a wide range of needs. She also manages direct orders at the shop and will be happy to research any title and its availability for you.
Ben studied Music Performance at Kingston College, settling on drums as his main instrument. Ben has played in progressive math rock bands. Whilst knowing his way around a kit, he also plays guitar, bass and can advise on all aspects of PA equipment, recording solutions and computer interfaces, as he also produces his own electronic music. Always ready with some friendly advice or a drum technique tip, you’ll often find him leaving the guitars in odd tunings and playing Legend of Zelda theme songs on the piano.
Josh has been playing guitar for the last 7 years starting out on metal working into other various styles; whilst developing as a singer songwriter; vocalist for the last 2 years. Knowledgeable on live performance having gone to various venues across the UK to perform.
Josh also makes a lot of self-produced electronic music using FL Studio, namely Hip-Hop. Recording from home and in various studios he will be able to advise on audio recording equipment as well as your production requirements.
Ashleigh studied at Chichester University, gaining a BA (Hons) in Music and has achieved grade 8 in singing. Aside from playing lovely renditions of Einaudi pieces in the shop, you can rely on Ashleigh to offer her considered opinion on our digital pianos, and help find the right one for you. Ashleigh also teaches vocals and piano.