Established in 1893, Foulds Music was founded by Charles Foulds in Chapel Bar, Nottingham. Since then, Foulds has endured as the leading piano shop of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The present and last standing Foulds shop in Irongate, Derby opened in 1908, and there were to be further branches in Lincoln, Heanor, Mansfield and Eastwood.
During the period after the First World War, Charles’ son Arthur Foulds joined his father in the business, there came a period of depression which was to prove fatal for so many businesses, and one by one the branches closed, until finally the Nottingham shop too, one of the country's biggest music shops, had to close it's doors.
The Derby shop however, survived and prospered under its manager James Locke until Arthur Foulds took over management in 1945 on the death of his father, to be joined in 1950 by his own son Philip.
The business established itself as a complete music store pre-eminent in the area, with the growth of new areas such as the emerging Rock and Roll business. The company has pursued a path of building on its traditional strengths - pianos, orchestral and band instruments and music - with a special emphasis on developing highly competitive rental schemes for instruments and pianos.
In 1993 - the centenary year of the Company, Foulds added the next door premises to open a new guitar shop to build on the rapid increase in its guitar business, and this has become renowned particularly for its acoustic and jazz guitar stock and expertise. The store has since expanded and developed into its own unique business separate from Foulds Music - Foulds Guitars.
In December 2020, Foulds joined the Millers Music group, keeping it’s influential name and joining part of a new wave of musical expertise and incredible customer service. Our Derby showroom remains open and in the same Irongate location is has been for the past century.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience music and we aim to continue to expand our unique approach to making music accessible, offering customers an expertly guided journey to help them find the right instrument for them. We believe in a future where music retail continues to thrive and historical businesses such as Foulds are essential to inspiring more and more musicians to pick up their first instrument.
We welcome the Foulds team into the Millers group and continue to develop a modern musical experience for musicians across the UK.