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Some customers might remember the time when I only had room in the workshop for one family at a time, so I provided umbrellas for waiting customers to use in wet weather! Cambridge was an influential place in the history of period performance in the 1980s.

Whilst I was making period clarinets and basset clarinets in Felton street, within a quarter mile radius we had Christopher Hogwood (conductor), Trevor Beckerleg (harpsichord maker), Mark Stephenson (harpsichord maker), Anna Brock (violin maker), Juliet Barker (violin maker) and Nick Shackleton (collector and promoter of period performance).

We were also helped by other local artisans like Tania James (silversmith), John Nightingale (silver and leatherworker) and Andrew Houston (professional photographer). Mark Stephenson not only made harpsichords, but hosted wonderful evenings of music including the most memorable evening of Mitzi Meyerson (Harpsichord) playing in his candlelit workshop.

So, as staff increased and more space was needed, we moved in the early 1990’s to Homerton Street. This odd mixture of workshop and retail shop served us well until we moved to our present premises in Russell Street, off Hills Road Cambridge. This gave our customers easy access to the shop by road, by rail or on foot.

Our original shop in Felton Street, Cambridge

2000 to present day

The Russell Street shop slowly filled to bursting as demand has increased, prompting a redesign to the shop in July 2004. Local authority contracts, international musicians and our all-important local, young and budding musicians all need time and attention, which is provided by our increasing number of excellent staff. In 2006 we took the opportunity to expand into 105 Russell Street.

Following a very successful management development program that Daniel Bangham and Tim Taylor took part in at Cranfield University in 2009, under the auspices of Gerard Burke and Marihelen Esam the shop was redesigned again in 2010 and other improvements to customer services were introduced. The three well designed, light and generously sized rooms provide an acoustic barrier to the rest of the shop without loosing contact with our helpful and attentive staff.

The Cranfield program also triggered Daniel to get back to his roots as an instrument maker and is currently developing a "not for profit" education center for woodwind instrument making. Cambridge Woodwind makers. The workshop will be within the new ACE foundation arts center at Bury Farm Stapleford, just outside Cambridge. This new workshop will include a visitors center where organised groups and members of the public will be able to watch and learn about instrument making by watching oboes and clarinets being made by hand from the raw materials. Using educational ideas from established teaching workshops such as The Cambridge Violin Workshop in Hartington Grove Cambridge. The new workshop will provide hands on courses for the amateur and professional artisans and specialist tutors will include Tim Cranmore making recorders, Daniel Bangham woodwind repairs and others.

In 2011 Daniel Bangham has been taking part in a new BBC 4 program to be screened in the autumn of 2011 called Scrapheap orchestra. Daniel along with 8 other makers have been commissioned to make instruments that sound like modern orchestral instruments but out of scrap materials.........



Wood, Wind and Reed aim to make buying and owning an instrument easy and enjoyable. We choose the best products available to save you time and money. All instruments are tested and adjusted before sale and our reputation for pre and post sales service is the envy of our trade.

With such an extensive catalogue we are not able to keep all goods in stock all the time. We do keep hundreds of ligatures, double reeds, cleaners, cases and other accessories in stock and we can therefore dispatch the majority of orders within 48 hours.

Our extensive selection of student and professional instruments are given a final inspection, adjustment and test before they are dispatched so please allow around 5 working days for dispatch.

106 Russell Street, Cambridge
01223 500442

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