EST. BOLTON

Inspiring Music
Since 1832

Inspiring music for almost 200 years, Booths has seen music influenced from the classical and romantic periods through jazz, dance band and into modern times. We have guided thousands of students and musicians into a lifetime of musical enjoyment either through the scores of dedicated tutors or from retail sales.

With the added introduction of online tutoring to our popular on-site service, we endeavour to be no less committed to provide you with the benefit of our experience in fulfilling your own personal musical journey.   

Here we list our students’ most recent achievements. To see the full list of outstanding results and performances, please click the link below. 

Chloe’s Distinction!

Congratulations to Ruth’s student Chloe on a fantastic Distinction result in her Initial ABRSM piano exam!!

Grade 3 for Aoife!

A massive well done goes to Aoife for passing her recent ABRSM grade 3 piano exam!

Congratulations Seth!

Ruth’s piano student Seth has recently passed his grade 1 exam with Merit, congrats from all of us Seth!

Grade 1 for Kaya!

A huge well done to Ruth’s student Kaya for achieving a well deserved Merit in her grade 1 ABRSM exam!

Congrats Orla!

Audrey’s pupil Orla has recently passed her Trinity College grade 1 piano exam, well done Orla!

On to grade 5!

Congrats go to James’ student Jamie for smashing his Rockschool grade 4 drum exam!

Success for Mike’s Pupils!

Congratulations go out to Mike’s students Inessa and Manoug, who both earned a well deserved merit in their initial and

98% for Jemimah!

A stunning result for Matt’s violin student Jemimah, who achieved a 98% distinction in her Trinity grade 2 exam!

Tutors Wanted! 

If you are interested in joining the tuition team here at Booths and being part of the shops’s near 200 year history, please feel free to drop in for a chat or send your CV over to info@boothsmusic.co.uk.

Due to growing demand we have extra teacher vacancies for the following instruments: 

  • Woodwind
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Cello

Here we list our students’ most recent achievements. To see the full list of outstanding results and performances, please click the link below.

Achievements – Piano Grade Initial

Chloe’s Distinction!

Congratulations to Ruth’s student Chloe on a fantastic Distinction result in her Initial ABRSM piano exam!!
Achievements – Piano Grade 3

Grade 3 for Aoife!

A massive well done goes to Aoife for passing her recent ABRSM grade 3 piano exam!
Achievements – Piano Grade 1

Congratulations Seth!

Ruth’s piano student Seth has recently passed his grade 1 exam with Merit, congrats from all of us Seth!
Achievements – Piano Grade 1

Grade 1 for Kaya!

A huge well done to Ruth’s student Kaya for achieving a well deserved Merit in her grade 1 ABRSM exam!
Trinity College London Exam Grade 1

Congrats Orla!

Audrey’s pupil Orla has recently passed her Trinity College grade 1 piano exam, well done Orla!
Jamie Grade 5 Rockschool

On to grade 5!

Congrats go to James’ student Jamie for smashing his Rockschool grade 4 drum exam!

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in joining the tuition team here at Booths and being part of the shops’s near 200 year history, please feel free to drop in for a chat or send your CV over to info@boothsmusic.co.uk.

We currently have teacher vacancies for the following instruments: 

  • Woodwind
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Cello

Latest News & Offers

1 day ago
Booth's Music

So today’s historic Booth’s Music photo is of Chris Porter in the mid 80’s having a play on this typically pointy Jackson upstairs in the guitar department. Who remembers visiting the shop and being served by or jamming with Chris at this time?

There were all sorts of elaborate guitars around at this time. Visitors to Booth’s would have seen so many wacky shapes and bright colours, including a number with custom one-off airbrushed finishes. In fact, the Jackson guitar in this picture featured a spider web pattern on the body, a spider design was added to it later. If any customers still have any of these models, we would love to hear from you.

#guitarshop #guitars #musicshop #music #electricguitars #jacksonguitars #jackson #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years
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So todays historic Booths Music photo is of Chris Porter in the mid 80s having a play on this typically pointy Jackson upstairs in the guitar department. Who remembers visiting the shop and being served by or jamming with Chris at this time? 

There were all sorts of elaborate guitars around at this time. Visitors to Booths would have seen so many wacky shapes and bright colours, including a number with custom one-off airbrushed finishes. In fact, the Jackson guitar in this picture featured a spider web pattern on the body, a spider design was added to it later. If any customers still have any of these models, we would love to hear from you.

#guitarshop #guitars #musicshop #music #electricguitars #jacksonguitars #Jackson #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years

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Wow who’s the handsome lad …. 😂🥰

Greg you didn't half look like your Chris as a young un!

2 days ago
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A handful of affordable used Ibanez guitars have been taken into stock recently, including this cool RGA42-FM.

Please feel free to come and visit us in store to browse our healthy selection of pre-owned electric guitars and try a few out for yourself.

#guitarshop #guitar #ibanez #electricguitar #music #musicshop #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #dreamtheater #anotherday
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The intro solo from that song is one of the classiest solos Petrucci has ever written. Tasteful.

Riff Life 🎸🎼👊

2 days ago
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Here we have another classic Booth’s Music photo with Trevor Aspinall handling a Jackson Warrior. This was taken during the "Castle" period upstairs in the guitar department, at some point in the early 1990’s.

How many of you guys visited the shop around this time and remember the decor?

Tony has hundreds of nostalgic photos like this that span the last century or so – stay posted to all our social media for more, we will be posting regular images with any relevant tales.

And of course, if you have an interesting or funny story relating to a visit or purchase to Booth’s Music that you’d like to share with us, we love to reminisce with customers.

#music #musicshop #guitarshop #guitar #jacksonguitars #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years
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Here we have another classic Booths Music photo with Trevor Aspinall handling a Jackson Warrior. This was taken during the Castle period upstairs in the guitar department, at some point in the early 1990s. 

How many of you guys visited the shop around this time and remember the decor? 

Tony has hundreds of nostalgic photos like this that span the last century or so - stay posted to all our social media for more, we will be posting regular images with any relevant tales.

And of course, if you have an interesting or funny story relating to a visit or purchase to Booths Music that youd like to share with us, we love to reminisce with customers.

#music #musicshop #guitarshop #guitar #jacksonguitars #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years

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While we're sharing oldish photographs, how many people would like to see a fresh-faced Chris Porter??? 🤣🤣🤣

Awww God daddy Uncle Trev! I had all the right influences along with Tony igniting my rock passion at 11 years old, never looked back! 🤘🎸

He was a good laugh Trev he had a wicked sense of humour….🤣😂🤣😂😁😁😁

So dad! 🥰♥️🥰♥️🥰 fabulous xxxx

I knew it! A closet metalhead!

Bring back good memories. Forgot about the Freddy guitar.

Bought my first guitar from booths around this period…. I remember that Jackson!

Ace pic!

Great photo 🤩

Hmmmm u want stories …..where do u want me to start……🤣😂😂🤣🤣😂😮😮😮😮

Brilliant!

Can’t wait to see em.

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3 days ago
Booth's Music

Do you own a guitar, or other instrument, that has been bought at Booth’s Music over the years that has an interesting or funny story connected with it?

Tony is currently compiling material for a book discussing the varied history of Booth’s Music. There are lots of really poignant stories and anecdotes to mention, and we do sometimes here from customers about guitars that have been purchased here over the decades that have been played on stage by a famous person or perhaps just have a humorous tale attached.

Some guitars that were sold here during the 1960’s have an ornate "Booth’s Music" transfer on the back of the headstock, and we love to see these when customers drop them in for setups. We have also got a photograph that a gentlemen sent in to us of a guitar that was bought here in 1910!

Should you have anything of interest that you would like to share with us, please call down and visit us in the shop or feel free to send a message to any of our social media profiles.

#musicshop #music #guitarshop #guitar #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years #history
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Do you own a guitar, or other instrument, that has been bought at Booths Music over the years that has an interesting or funny story connected with it? 

Tony is currently compiling material for a book discussing the varied history of Booths Music. There are lots of really poignant stories and anecdotes to mention, and we do sometimes here from customers about guitars that have been purchased here over the decades that have been played on stage by a famous person or perhaps just have a humorous tale attached.

Some guitars that were sold here during the 1960s have an ornate Booths Music transfer on the back of the headstock, and we love to see these when customers drop them in for setups. We have also got a photograph that a gentlemen sent in to us of a guitar that was bought here in 1910! 

Should you have anything of interest that you would like to share with us, please call down and visit us in the shop or feel free to send a message to any of our social media profiles.

#musicshop #music #guitarshop #guitar #bolton #est1832 #celebrating190years #historyImage attachmentImage attachment

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Many hours spent at that counter on a Saturday afternoon in the early 90s. Wonderful Times.

My first ever guitar was one of those with the little blue Booths transfer on the back of the headstock, a full sized classical, wish I still had it I cut my teeth on that bad boy. I remember on Xmas day when I got it the top 3 strings were out of tune and my brother realised if you played them twice in a row it sounded like the beginning of Fear Of The Dark, I was proper jealous. I spent the next few years stalking Chris and Tony, would come in and buy a plectrum then sit there for hours absorbing the guitar department until Trev kicked me out 😂Good days good days 🎸🎵

I bought my first ukulele at booths many years ago, I was quiet exited, had no idea how to use it though and did the man thing of not reading the tuning instructions…. Well I tuned it to eadg… Just up an octave… Needless to say I ended up snapping the neck straight in half!

2 weeks ago
Booth's Music

Our good friends at Tanglewood Guitars have sent us some nice new goodies, including some of their usual best-selling models and a BRAND NEW "Auld Trinity" model.

Call down and visit us instore any time and have a browse or a try of any of our guitars.

#guitarshop #acousticguitar #guitar #tanglewood #music #musicshop #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #bolton
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Music Lessons at Booths

If you already know your chosen instrument and simply want to check availability, either phone us on 01204 522908 or fill in the enquiry form below.

Alternatively, discover more through the links below.

Drums

Three dedicated drum rooms for all styles.

Guitar

Electric, acoustic, bass, classical & uke.

Piano

Any age, all styles, all exam boards covered.

Vocals

Singing for fun, exams or professional work.

Strings

Expert tutors for violin, viola and more.

Brass

Availability for trumpet, cornet, trombone & more.

Woodwind

Saxophone, clarinet, flute lessons all covered.

Piano

Any age, all styles, all exam boards covered.

Guitar

Electric, acoustic, bass, classical & uke.

Drums

Three dedicated drum rooms for all styles.

Vocals

Singing for fun, exams or professional work.

Strings

Expert tutors for violin, viola and more.

Woodwind

Saxophone, clarinet, flute lessons all covered.

Brass

Availability for trumpet, cornet, trombone and more.

Read more about the tuition process here at Booths, what to consider and how to book in for music lessons in store or online. Click the icon above to read more. 

We teach all popular instruments in various styles. All lessons at Booths are one-to-one to provide maximum productivity. All exam boards covered. Click the icon above to read more. 

Read through all the individual profiles of over 30 enthusiastic and experienced music tutors across all instruments as well as the staff here at Booths. Click the icon above to read more. 

Read through our latest student achievements at our Bolton centre as well as testimonials from musicians and customers.

STUDENT INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC

Discover our own Booths Music range of student guitars, brass, woodwind and violins and see what sheet music we have in stock. 

Booths is proud to be an official RSL (Rockschool) exam centre, welcoming hundreds of enthusiastic candidates every year.

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    On-Site Music Lessons

    Read more about how our on-site music lessons work at our Bolton centre. Simply fill in the enquiry form below and we'll find a weekly day and time that works for you. These include after school times until 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

    Online Music Lessons

    Discover more about our online music lessons, available throughout the week. We use Zoom technology to arrange one-to-one lessons with all popular instruments at a day and time that is convenient for you.

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    The Shop

    Discover more about BOOTHS

    Read more about our stock and history.

    The UK's oldest music retailer in the same family since 1832

    Booths Music shop is situated on Churchgate in Bolton and has been one of Bolton’s leading musical instrument shops since 1832. It was Mr. James Booth, who is the great, great, great, great grandfather of the present owners who originally founded the music shop. His passion for music has been passed down through the generations and to all our expert staff and music tutors.

    Our music shop stocks a wide range of new and preowned musical instruments and accessories from guitar tutor books, banjo’s and electric violins to guitars, brass and woodwind instruments. We also have a workshop instore and can help with all musical instrument repairs and restoriations including professional guitar set ups.

    Booths Student Instruments

    Student Guitar Range

    These new products are of good quality and will see you a student happily through to intermediate level.

    From £54.99

    Booths Woodwind Instruments

    Discover our range of woodwind instruments including student saxophones, flutes and clarinets. 

    From £149

    Student, Intermediate & Advanced Violins

    Upon delivery, all sizes of beginner violins are taken to the workroom where each and every one is individually set up.

    From £99

    Booths Brass Instruments

    Perfect for the beginner brass player, discover our individually-checked trumpets and cornets. 

    From £179

    Repairs

    INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC REPAIRS

    Conducted at our Bolton workshop, Booths Music’s instrument repair service covers everything from professional guitar setups, instrument restoration and all manner of musical instrument repairs.

    From £40 + Strings

    Services & Setups

    Setups, Damage, Services

    Expert Electronics Repair

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      Recording Studio

      Booths Music has an in-built recording studio, available to hire with engineer for only £30 per hour.

      Previously known as Talent Pool, our studio is ideal for singer songwriters, smaller groups and any project that needs a professional recording, including music, voice-over work and more. Sessions in the studio are £30 per hour with a minimum of 2 hours. If you wish to enquire, please click the read more button below where you can fill in our contact form. 

      Store & Tuition Opening Times

      TEMPORARY COVID-19 STORE TIMES

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      TUESDAY:  CLOSED

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      THURSDAY: CLOSED

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      SATURDAY: 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, lessons are only available online for the time being until in-store teaching is deemed safe to do so.

      STORE TIMES

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, whilst the shop closes at 6pm during the week, the school however stays open until 9pm.

      Updated times 12/04/21 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

      TUITION HOURS

      MONDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      TUESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      WEDNESDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      THURSDAY: 10:00 am – 21:00 pm

      FRIDAY: 10:00 am – 18:00 pm

      SATURDAY: 09:00 am – 17:30 pm

      SUNDAY: CLOSED

      Please note, tuition closing times may vary from week to week dependent on teacher schedules.

      Updated times 12/04/21 in accordance with Covid-19 measures. 

      GET IN TOUCH

      For any general enquiries please fill in the form below, call 01204 522908 or come in store.

      Booths Music
      17 Churchgate, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1HU 

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      info@boothsmusic.co.uk

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      01204 522908

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