Spalding music teacher in need of new base

HOME SEARCH: Guitar tutor Jonathan Berry (right) and student Alistair Rowan together for a lesson at Spalding Music Services Limited.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  ANL-161212-164621001.
HOME SEARCH: Guitar tutor Jonathan Berry (right) and student Alistair Rowan together for a lesson at Spalding Music Services Limited. Photo by Tim Wilson. ANL-161212-164621001.
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A music teacher is asking for help to find a new home when his present base in Spalding shuts next year.

Jonathan Berry, a dad-of-two from Weston, is one of three music teachers who have their lessons at Spalding Music Services Limited in Winsover Road.

Guitar teacher Jonathan Berry with Bob and Robert Adams inside Spalding Music Services Ltd.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Guitar teacher Jonathan Berry with Bob and Robert Adams inside Spalding Music Services Ltd. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG191116-175TW. ANL-161119-194512001.

But as reported in our sister newspaper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, last month, the music shop is to close in spring 2017 because of strong competition from online sellers.

Jonathan said: “The owners, Bob and Robert Adams, have been fantastic over the years and Bob was desperately upset when he told me that the shop was closing in February or March next year.

“I need to find a place to hold music tuition, somewhere affordable where I don’t have to hike the lesson fees up.

“The shop was great because we got an influx of people who were looking for music tuition and thought that the best place to go was a music shop.

I need to find a place to hold music tuition, somewhere affordable where I don’t have to hike the lesson fees up

Jonathan Berry, music teacher, Spalding Music Services Limited

“But also, if students had a problem with their instrument then I could just point them in the direction of the shop.”

Up to 40 students of Jonathan’s from cities, towns and villages, including Spalding, Sutton Bridge, Donington and Bourne, will be affected by the shop’s closure after 44 years of trading in the town.

Bob Adams (81), founder of the business now run by his son Robert (51), said: “It’s soul-destroying to see how the internet has really grabbed hold of retail and although we’re not crying on the outside, we’re crying on the inside.”

Music teacher Jonathan Berry said: “It’s devastating because I love my job.”

One of the students, Alistair Rowan of Peterborough, said: “I’ve been having tuition with Jonathan for exactly ten years and prior to that I had a few music teachers.

“But I never got what I was looking for, a combination of theory and practical learning, until I had the teaching that Jonathan gives me.

“Now I have an appreciation of all genres of music and we’ve become good friends.”

If you can help Jonathan, call 07534 133654 or visit www.facebook.com/JBMusicTuition.