About Forwoods Music

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.

Since 2012 we have acquired Goodmusic Retail (Tewkesbury), ScoreStore Music (Arborfield, Berkshire) and most recently, Gillian Greig Music (Taunton). This has been a major process of investment in our printed music business and a sign of our confidence in the continued growth of the market.

We retain the "family business" outlook although we are one of the leading suppliers of printed music and accessories in the UK, and we are determined that the service we provide will be the very best it can be. If you have any comments at all about your experience of dealing with Forwoods Music Ltd, we want to know. If there any changes or improvements we can make, email me and let me know.

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.