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.   

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

** Update 12/04/21 **

We are delighted to be back open for lessons and retail! Please call 01204 522908, email info@boothsmusic.co.uk or call in store with any queries. 

TUITION (12/04/21)

Both on-site and online tuition services are available to book now. Please speak to your tutor or for any new students wishing to enquire, please get in touch online, by phone or in person. 

ROCKSCHOOL (RSL) EXAMS 

Scheduled RSL exam dates are still going ahead as normal. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or Rockschool directly.

STORE

The store is now open under normal opening hours. Please pop in or call with any queries. 

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Inspiring music in Bolton since 1832

Covid-19 Information and opening hours

** Update 12/04/21 **

We are delighted to be back open for lessons and retail! Please call 01204 522908, email info@boothsmusic.co.uk or call in store with any queries. 

TUITION (12/04/21)

Both on-site and online tuition services are available to book now. Please speak to your tutor or for any new students wishing to enquire, please get in touch online, by phone or in person. 

ROCKSCHOOL (RSL) EXAMS 

Scheduled RSL exam dates are still going ahead as normal. Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us or Rockschool directly.

STORE

The store is now open under normal opening hours. Please pop in or call with any queries. 

Thank you to all our loyal customers and friends who have been supportive throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Latest News & Offers

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6 hours ago
Welcome and GOOD LUCK to all RSL Awards exam candidates who are taking part in an exam at our centre today.

Thorough anti-Covid measures are in place to keep everybody safe. Please don’t forget to wear a face covering when entering the building and make use of sanitiser that is available in every room.

Staff are on hand to assist with any requirements, not matter how trivial. If you feel you’d like to ask any questions or even just need your instrument tuning, please feel free to speak to one of us.

There is also a special exam day promotion available to all candidates today with 10% off all RSL grade books, drum sticks, guitar strings and other accessories.

#MusicExams #rsl #Rockschool #drums #guitar #bass #voice #musiclessons #musictuition #music #bolton #musicshop
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Welcome and GOOD LUCK to all RSL Awards exam candidates who are taking part in an exam at our centre today.  Thorough anti-Covid measures are in place to keep everybody safe. Please dont forget to wear a face covering when entering the building and make use of sanitiser that is available in every room.  Staff are on hand to assist with any requirements, not matter how trivial. If you feel youd like to ask any questions or even just need your instrument tuning, please feel free to speak to one of us.  There is also a special exam day promotion available to all candidates today with 10% off all RSL grade books, drum sticks, guitar strings and other accessories.  #musicexams #rsl #rockschool #drums #guitar #bass #voice #musiclessons #musictuition #music #bolton #musicshop
1 day ago
Founded in 1832 by James Booth, Booth’s Music is one of the longest established family businesses in Bolton and the claim of being the oldest independent music retail outlet in the entire world has yet to be contested.

This famous picture was taken around 1890 with the two gentlemen stood in the door way believed to be James Booth Jnr. and another family member Robert Buckley.

Booth’s Music is now celebrating a hundred and eighty nine years of trading, supplying the musicians of Bolton and beyond with a wide range of products and musical services.

#musicshop #music #est1832 #history #Churchgate #bolton #oldphotosofbolton
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Founded in 1832 by James Booth, Booths Music is one of the longest established family businesses in Bolton and the claim of being the oldest independent music retail outlet in the entire world has yet to be contested.  This famous picture was taken around 1890 with the two gentlemen stood in the door way believed to be James Booth Jnr. and another family member Robert Buckley.  Booths Music is now celebrating a hundred and eighty nine years of trading, supplying the musicians of Bolton and beyond with a wide range of products and musical services.  #musicshop #music #est1832 #history #churchgate #bolton #oldphotosofbolton

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That is excellent and what a picture x

Awesome! 🙌

Love that!! Now all ya need is a Time Machine and Colin can nip back and play some Slayer on that Euphoniom…. big brass style!!

Great photo 👍

After 189 years I think Colin needs to reture

Wow fantastic!

Nice pic of Rodger in the doorway

Return, retire, retune?

Kieran Carr

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2 days ago
This Kala Brand Music KA-TEME-EQ “Exotic Mahogany” electric tenor ukulele is really fun to play. Not only does it stand out from the crowd visually, there is a lot of tone and projection on offer.

Please feel free to call down any time and have a browse of our ukulele selection.

#musicshop #ukuleleshop #ukulele #kalaukulele #tenorukulele #uke #music #BOLTON #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness
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Goin’ down to South Park, gonna have myself a time….

Great music, really enjoyed listening to it.

Natalie Wells

Rocking out man 👊🤘🎸🎼

4 days ago
Check out the full range of Booth’s Music "Student" violin outfits, available in all sizes including a bow and case.

Please feel free to call down to the shop any time and have a closer look for yourself or try a violin out.

Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.

#musicshop #violinshop #music #violin #studentviolin #fiddle #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #bolton
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Check out the full range of Booths Music Student violin outfits, available in all sizes including a bow and case.  Please feel free to call down to the shop any time and have a closer look for yourself or try a violin out.  Thank you for supporting your town centre music specialists.  #musicshop #violinshop #music #violin #studentviolin #fiddle #shoplocal #SupportSmallBusiness #bolton

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Thought we might see colin with one under his armpit ?

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.

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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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    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.

    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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    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. 

      Facebook Reviews

      • 5 star review  Great place for lessons, confidence with guitar has skyrocketed since starting with nick, recommend it to anyone

        Jordan Windram Avatar Jordan Windram
        28th May 2017

        positive review  Amazing teachers and it’s great for getting guitars Amps violins trumpets flutes clarinets Personal experience I have been at booths for a few years and they have always helped me , I have done my grade 8 recently and I can say that the teachers there are super friendly and positive

        Derek Williams Avatar Derek Williams
        13th November 2019

        5 star review  Friendly local music shop. Knowledgeable staff, always have the bits in that you need. Impressive collection of strings, straps, accessories, and various instruments. I’ve even had luck buying a Floyd Rose saddle block from here, something you’d usually have to get on eBay.

        James Kershaw Avatar James Kershaw
        30th May 2018

        5 star review  Love it here you are part of the Booths family

        Max Wahid Avatar Max Wahid
        17th July 2016

        5 star review  My daughter has been going to guitar lessons and has come on leaps n bounds in a short time. Tutors and staff are so friendly it’s great. Would recommend anyone to start lessons here or just go in and look around lots to offer.

        Leanne Ailsa Rowles Avatar Leanne Ailsa Rowles
        15th February 2017

        5 star review  staff were amazing had an amazing drum kit to practice on <:

        Sean Lythgoe Avatar Sean Lythgoe
        11th July 2016
      • 5 star review  Just wanted to say Thank you again for the excellent repair you have, just done on my old Peavey bass guitar neck. The bass plays great and the neck is now straight as an arrow, which is my personal preference. A great shop run by wonderful people all the best.

        Shawn Luckman Avatar Shawn Luckman
        27th September 2017

        5 star review  Lovely people, great instruments & services, great knowledge & experience! Top class place for all your musical needs! :-D★★★★

        Gemma Taylor Avatar Gemma Taylor
        18th September 2013

        positive review  Been there the best part of my life, learnt to play guitar there. Bought three brilliant guitars from Booths. Staff are very friendly!

        Oliver Johnson Avatar Oliver Johnson
        27th December 2019

        5 star review  Fantastic shop with great staff. If theres anything i need for my musical endevours then its Booths i go to.

        Seann Grogann Avatar Seann Grogann
        30th May 2018

        5 star review  Have made 2 big purchases in the last year and had a great experience both times, first time i got an honest opinion regarding the acoustics available and was aloud to thoroughly try a clouple of guitars in private, second time eas to purchase an item out of atock and the sales manager went out of his way to vet me exactly what i wanted……. Ill be back

        Paul Gastall Avatar Paul Gastall
        31st May 2018

        5 star review  Although I’ve only visited twice I’d definitely recommend any music enthusiast to visit. A friendly group of staff who’ll happily let you try out any instrument you’re interested in as well as their other services listed on their website, just google Booths Music and it’ll be the first one. I’ll certainly be returning for any future needs.

        Daniel Chapman Avatar Daniel Chapman
        30th June 2015
      • positive review  its were James Rock 11 Gets his Guitar fixed staff are well cool

        James Rock Avatar James Rock
        1st November 2019

        5 star review  My 8 year old came in on Sunday for his first guitar lesson with James. At 12.00 he had to be told that he was holding his guitar the wrong way round and at 12.30 he came home to show his Mum he could play Jurassic World!!!! He’s full of enthusiasm and cant wait for next week. Thank you.

        Barry Watson Avatar Barry Watson
        16th July 2018

        5 star review  Helpful. Trustworthy. Honest. These 3 words sum up the service and excellence of Booths. Will recommend to one and all.

        James 'Edward' Mcpherson Avatar James ‘Edward’ Mcpherson
        9th September 2017

        5 star review  I do drum lessons there every week and its amazing!

        Joel Wolstencroft Avatar Joel Wolstencroft
        30th November 2015

        5 star review  Lovely

        Alexandria Langford-Taylor Avatar Alexandria Langford-Taylor
        9th August 2014

        5 star review  Brilliant people who are always there to share their vast knowledge with customers

        Christine Greenall Avatar Christine Greenall
        22nd January 2015
      • positive review  Excellent staff who really look after their customers

        Deepest Shabz Avatar Deepest Shabz
        13th September 2019

        5 star review  Lots of instruments,knowledgable friendly staff, would recommend to any musician, well worth a visit

        Garry Moores Avatar Garry Moores
        10th January 2017

        5 star review  Excellent customer service and another great bargain from the Booths Brothers.

        Cash Wallwork Avatar Cash Wallwork
        24th March 2018

        5 star review  My 4 year old son started drum lessons with james and he loves it. Great teacher great place to learn �

        Suzanne Coleman Avatar Suzanne Coleman
        28th December 2016

        5 star review  excellent store took my brian may red special replica in for repair today very helpful staff

        Joe Threlfall Avatar Joe Threlfall
        16th March 2015

        5 star review  Tricky problem with my guitar, but they stuck with it and sorted it. Lovely people too.

        Ronan O Callaghan Avatar Ronan O Callaghan
        14th July 2017
      • 5 star review  Always been really helpful,friendly staff.Any sheet music ordered has arrived as promised. Used recently for guitar (James) and piano (Tom) lessons and very happy. Instrument repair service used today which was brilliant and got us out of a big hole!

        Rachel Carr Avatar Rachel Carr
        29th March 2018

        positive review  Excellent guitar lessons for my son. He’s made more progress in 3 weeks than 2 yrs at school in a mixed group!!

        Dan Davies Avatar Dan Davies
        11th March 2020

        5 star review  Great and friendly staff. Been having singing lessons here for a while with John, and they’re great too! Excellent local shop.

        Lewis Dean Avatar Lewis Dean
        27th February 2018

        5 star review  Great shop and tuition in all things musical run by lovely people. What more can I say?

        Hilary Gregory Avatar Hilary Gregory
        13th September 2016

        5 star review  Booths music shop , is the best place to buy your instruments the staff are very helpfull and very nice to know , I come all the way from warrington to booths music so I can learn to play the guitar , the tutors are fantastic the same has the staff I would not go anywhere else to learn guitar a great place to be with friends as they are great persons ……

        Caroline Larkin Avatar Caroline Larkin
        6th November 2014

        5 star review  Cracking shop. Incredibly helpful staff who work there and obviously take pride in what they do.

        Si Sharp Avatar Si Sharp
        30th May 2018

      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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