Forwoods was established in 1946 in the cathedral city of Canterbury, and now operates as a specialist mail order business from a beautiful Old Kent Barn on a farm just outside Dover. I'm Stephen Yarrow. I've been with the business since 1986, and now run it with the help of my wife Sue and my son Joe.
In 2012, we acquired the retail operation of Goodmusic Publishing (Tewkesbury) and ScoreStore Music (Arborfield, Berkshire), which marked a major investment in our printed music business and a sign of our confidence in the continued growth of the market.
In my spare time I'm Director of Music at Dover's ancient Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin. I graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1986, joined Forwoods as a stop gap and have been here ever since, eventually buying the business in 1993. I immediately identified the growth potential of the mail order printed music business, as so many towns have lost their "traditional music shop". A vigorous campaign of advertising and exhibitions has seen the profile of the business increase considerably to the point where we are now one of the undisputed market leaders. So it was a natural progression to open a dedicated mail order facility in 2002. Forwoods continues to go from strength to strength - we have close relationships with all the major publishers which enables a speedy turn around of orders, and we are developing this site to give you much more information on contents, publishers, and other details.
What's in our online store?
The catalog on this site reflects our specialism, which is the supply of classical printed music and accessories, including set pieces for exams and core repertoire. It is not an exhaustive list - we can supply any item which is in print. If the item you are looking for is not listed, email me and I'll do my best to source it for you.
Whilst we try to keep the items in this catalog in stock, the presence of an item in the list does not necessarily mean we have it in stock. However, it takes us less than a week (usually!) to get out of stock items to you. If you need an item in a particular hurry, it is always wise to ring us on Freephone 0800 072 0354 or email to check availability. The catalog is constantly being updated with new products, so be sure to bookmark this page and visit often. Thank you so much for spending time visiting our site. I hope you find it useful.
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