Blackwell’s Music

Blackwell’s Music specialises in classical CD recordings, music books, printed music, instruments and other accessories and is one of the most respected such places in the UK.

But it’s not just classical music – the shop stocks printed music and books covering all genres of music, and the recordings department has sections on Jazz, World and Folk music, as well as local artists. In addition a single sheet download service is available in the bookshop.

It also stocks instruments and instrument accessories including Acoustic guitars, Ukuleles, Violins, Strings, Sticks, Reeds and Rosin; plus a range of music themed cards and gifts.

Just like many Blackwell’s Bookshops, Blackwell’s Music prides itself in the abilities of its staff to offer expert advice. The music shops staff are recognised both locally and across the industry as being knowledgeable specialists in the business – Peter McMullin helped the shop win an award to this effect, being named Printed Music Retailer of the Year at the 201-12 MIA Awards.

Blackwell’s Music has an especially good relationship with a range of institutions and schools. The Music Shop has a long and proud history in Oxford.

The original Blackwell’s Music Shop was located in Holywell Street.  Sir Basil Blackwell had been so impressed by the sales of the 1954 edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music that he felt music merited a separate shop.

In 1955 Mr F. J. Dymond was Manager, and under his management the business expanded considerably. In 1970 a spacious new building was designed by Gillespie, Kidd and Coia to fit in with the street scene. Over a mile of shelving was constructed to house the ever-increasing output of standard music literature from publishers all over the world. The stock at this stage comprised at least 25,000 different items of printed music and 4,000 different books on music, both in English and other languages.. Sir Adrian Boult who conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra officially opened the new shop in 1970 on the 9th November. He studied here at Christ Church 62 years before.

The Music Shop then moved to 23-25 Broad Street in 2000 before moving again to its new home at 53 Broad Street, Oxford. The music shop continues to uphold its proud tradition and now stocks over 40,000 musicals items, books and printed music.

Blackwell’s Music
53 Broad Street

Printed Music
t: 01865 333582

Books on Music
t: 01865 333580

CDs and DVDs
t: 01865 666581

Instruments, instrument accessories and music themed gifts