British Music Industry

Richard Elkin ran the England-based music publishing company his grandfather formed. Richard’s father, William, was a well liked publisher who brought English products to America. Elkin’s Publishing was sold to Music Sales, where Richard later worked for several years before opening his own music...
Adrian Emsley is the Technical Director at Orange Amps in London.  The company’s founder, Cliff Cooper, hired Adrian to lead the teams that created several key products for Orange including the RockerVerb, the OR-50 and the AD series, which was introduced in 1998. Over the years, Adrian has become...
Wally Evans grew up in Wales with music all around him. He played piano and sang in church. He later learned to play the guitar and worked in several bands at night and worked in a power plant by day. For two years he studied electronic musical instrument technology in London before being hired by...
Nick Firth served as the chairman of BMG Music Publishing for several years during his long and noted career in the music industry. His grandfather and great-uncle owned Chappell Music in the United States as well as in England beginning in the 1910s. Nick grew up in the business and worked for...
Vic Flick is perhaps best known for a little lick he recorded on guitar for the movie James Bond! His fascinating career as a musician, which dates back to the late 1950s, was captured beautifully in his book Vic Flick Guitarman: From James Bond to The Beatles and Beyond, which was published in...
Horace Gamlin was born to a piano tuner who taught his son the trade with hopes he would follow in his footsteps. While Horance enjoyed piano tuning, he felt he would be just as good as a salesman so he did both in other retail stores in and around Wales in the 1950s. In September 1960 he and his...
Maureen Gamlin opened a music store with her husband in the coastal city of Cardiff in Wales. Gamlin Music was first opened in the late 1950s and was built as a family-oriented business with a strong focus on customer service. Mr. and Mrs. Gamlin’s son, Philip, joined the store and proudly...
Philip Gamlin took over the business his parents formed back in 1960. Gamlin Music Center is located in Cardiff, Wales and continues to be, as it was in the beginning, a full line music store. Philip brought his own passion for guitars into the business and built up the combo product lines over...
Jimmy Gibbs opened the very first crate containing a Hammond B-3 in the United Kingdom in the 1950s. Several years later, at the height of the Cold War, Jimmy brought the famous organ to Moscow, the first person to do so in history. He found that “music can speak every language and that no one ever...
 Roger Giffin is a master guitar luthier whose guitars have been played by musicians around the world.  He began building guitars as a teenager in London and went on to work for Gibson in the Custom Shop in Los Angeles.  In addition, he has created his own line of instruments under the Giffin name...

Pages