London has so much to offer in the way of music, and this is something that any dweller in the big city understands well. From masters of pianos to world-leading industry figures, from a booming industry of talent to humble buskers, there’s so much to see and experience when visiting or living in London.
Of course, all the UK harbours talented musicians and masters of the craft. However, much of all the noise is centred squarely on the capital in a myriad of different ways. You only need to be in London for five or so minutes to understand why that is.
Great Music Shops
London is famed for shopping, and music shops are no exception. Here they sell the best of the best, with expert staff members know the ins and outs of every finely tuned instrument on display. The service is second to none, and the offerings are plentiful and perfect.
For example, there’s only one place to go if you want to browse top-quality pianos. Coach House have exquisite showrooms, meticulously outfitted with glorious elegance for all to browse. The company works hard to make everything stylish and sophisticated, and to offer only the best experiences possible. They also offer virtual piano selection services, demonstrating how the pianos you’ve selected sound over a live call. From the pianos themselves to accessories, everything is offered here.
Coach House are a great example of what those who are passionate about music offer in London. You won’t be fobbed off with a cheap and tacky instrument – instead, everything is carefully arranged, and the customer is rightfully treated as the artist or artist-to-be that they are. There’s a sense of class to be felt here as a musician, and it sets inspiration surging within many.
Though many grumpy guts would undoubtedly deny it, there are millions of people in the UK who enjoy a good musical. From The Lion King to Dear Evan Hansen, London’s West End has put on world-leading shows for the masses for literal centuries. Many of the shows in New York City’s Broadway transfer across the pond directly to the West End, reaping all the rewards that could bring.
Live entertainment, world-leading artists, and an enraptured audience – there’s nothing quite like it. These experiences are utterly unique from show to show, but what is guaranteed is the highest quality of music production and live performances that money can buy. Stadiums are filled to the rafters to see all the latest and greatest talents perform, from Wembley to the O2, and the appetite for these experiences has never waned.
While everything is on hold due to COVID, many industry figures have backed pleas to support the UK live music industry, which London will surely need support with too during these trying times. With gigs and performances on hold for a while longer, this is something that West End theatres will also need help with.
A Thriving Music Industry
London’s music industry has given us some of the most quintessential music in memory. Take Abbey Road, for example, and the fame and prestige of that studio alone. It’s so iconic to British culture that last year fans celebrated its existence 50 years on, delighted for all the wonderful tunes it’s given them over the many years. There’s nothing quite like it, after all!
Of course, things won’t be quite so busy right now due to COVID. However, the love for all these locations is undying. What they have produced has become so mesmerizing that such buildings became tourist attractions in and of themselves, which is incredibly impressive when you consider how much material is out there.
When you’re strolling the streets of London, you’ll come across talented buskers on what can seem like every major landmark. Not every musician is a globetrotting mega star, and much of the soul in London’s music is on the streets. That’s where the raw, earthy vibes can be found, as well as obscure material that hasn’t yet gone through producers and recording studios.
Whether its choirs singing merrily at Winter times or up-and-coming talents quietly strumming their guitar on a street corner, there’s a lot of musical entertainment in London that comes completely free! It won’t take you long to run into somebody humbly playing their stuff, so do feel free to stop and see what they can do. If you can, spare a some change to compliment their talents, as many musicians are struggling these days due to crippling COVID restrictions in their respective professions.
It’s been said that buskers in London is a sign of the norm, and their very presence is closely interwoven with the fabric of the capital’s culture. In many ways they’re the heart and soul of the place, so it’s a privilege to see them in action on a day-to-day basis.