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New West Country Music Shop Opens with Peter Baartmans ShowNew West Country Music Shop Opens with Peter Baartmans Show

Thursday 30th November

We are delighted to let you know that a new music shop is opening in Exeter on Saturday 2nd December and, for their first day, they have incredible Dutch musician Peter Baartmans playing an evening concert on the fabulous new Yamaha Genos2.

The Music Depot is at 99-101 Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3HY and is run by a well experienced team, as they previously ran the Exeter branch of Musicroom, the chain operated by music publisher, Hal Leonard Europe, who sadly closed the branch.

They will be stocking digital and acoustic pianos, keyboards, acoustic guitars, ukuleles, sheet music and keyboard accessories and, with Yamaha as one of their leading brands, are thrilled to have top international Yamaha player, Peter Baartmans for their opening event.

If you would like to attend this very special evening, email or, once they're open, pop in for a warm welcome and to browse the new store.

Peter Baartmans Genos2 Tour DatesPeter Baartmans Genos2 Tour Dates

Tuesday 21st November

Incredible Dutch musican, Peter Baartmans, is touring the UK with the phenomenal new Yamaha Genos2, perhaps the ultimate keyboard.

For your chance to see Peter and the Genos2, check the list below for tour dates and contacts for tickets.


Monday 27th November

A&C Hamilton PRESTON

01772 722 468


Tuesday 28th November


0131 556 0805


Wednesday 29th November

Rimmers BOLTON

01204 526 623


Thursday 30th November

Keysound HINKLEY

0116 254 1053


Friday 1st December


01295 266 788


Saturday 2nd December

The Music Depot EXETER




Wednesday 15th November

We were thrilled to attend the launch of the incredible new Genos2 and to hear the incredible revolution in sound quality that it brings, now combining together FM and AWM sound engines, with more power, authenticity and clarity of voicing than we've heard before.
Add to this over 800 superb Styles, some old favourites reworked to be better than ever and well over 200 totally brand new ones, along with new dynamic style control, it must be heard to be believed.
The great news is that it will be featured at the Yamaha Weekend Xperience, in four star luxury, for our weekend in Daventry, from Friday 24th to Monday 27th November, where you can hear it played by the maestro behind the design of Genos2, Martin Harris, along with other top players from the Yamaha team, and there will be time to get up close and personal with it yourself.
There are just a couple of rooms left for this most special weekend‎. Phone tomorrow, Thursday 16th November, between 10am and 12noon to secure your place on 07842 573 913 or for more information and to book online, visit
Don't miss it!

Len Rawle MBE Passes AwayLen Rawle MBE Passes Away

Tuesday 14th November

It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of master musician Len Rawle MBE earlier today, 14th November 2023.

Len was largely responsible for the establishment of the Yamaha organ dealer network and Yamaha Music Schools in the UK, and his skills were integral to the design of a number of Yamaha organs.

He was also a highly regarded theatre organist all around the world and personally was involved with saving over 40 theatre organs, including superb instruments in his parents' home, Wurlitzer Lodge, Northolt, and the fabulous Empire Leicester Square Wurlitzer in his home, Tonawanda, Chorleywood, where it was featured on countless television programmes and broadcasts over a period of 50 years, until its removal for installation in a safe new home just a few years ago.

His knowledge, enthusiasm and support will be much missed by a huge number of people all around the world, and we send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his widow, Judith, and all the family.

Rye Concert PostponedRye Concert Postponed

Monday 13th November

News from the Friends of Rye Wurlitzer...

We regret that we have to postpone our concert next Sunday, 19th November, as the primary access to our venue is over the Railway Crossing on Rope Walk/The Grove and it has come to our attention that it is to be closed all day on Sunday, both to pedestrians and motor vehicles, making access to the Rye Theatre virtually impossible, with the only possible route home in the dark being up the extremely narrow Deadman’s Lane, which is normally one way in the opposite direction and we feel would not be a good and safe option for our audience.

We will be seeking a suitable date to re-stage this very special concert next year, along with other Sunday concerts in planning.

Please spread the word about this unfortunate postponement to anyone you know who may have attended, as we would hate people to have wasted journeys on the day.

Yamaha UK MD Sleeps Out to Support the HomelessYamaha UK MD Sleeps Out to Support the Homeless

Friday 27th October


Mark Rolfe, Managing Director of Yamaha Music UK, has signed up to the CEO Sleepout to raise awareness of homeless people to help the growing crisis on our streets. 

Mark has been part of the team at Yamaha UK since first joining in the late 1980s and has always been an advocate for supporting not just the music industry but also for worthy causes within the local community and this is no different.  He will be sleeping on the streets of Milton Keynes to raise awareness for the plight of the homeless and, most importantly, to raise money to help.  There are only 3 weeks until the magical day, 16th November.

It is great that Mark is going to such lengths for this very good cause and we hope you will feel able to support him in the challenge by making a donation by following this link to his Just Giving page(Link opens in new tab)

We send Mark our very best wishes and support for this important endeavour.


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