Early Music Direct was formed by Richard Wood and David Griffith.
The name may be new - but we've been selling early musical instruments for over 50 years!
Indeed, with a combined experience of over 85 years in the field of early music, we can offer a wealth of advice together with our specially selected range of instruments and music.
Richard Wood founded 'The Early Music Shop', now based in Saltaire, but originally based in Bradford city centre, and situated within the family business, Woods Music store. He built up the business to become the largest supplier of early musical instruments in the world. He was a close friend of the late David Munrow, with whom he invented the phrase 'Early Music', and has an unrivalled knowledge of the early music, and music retail worlds. Originally trained as an organ-builder, and never one to sit idle, upon his retirement from The Early Music Shop he wanted to bring his expertise to a smaller mail order business, by specialising in a select number of products from makers he really admired.
David Griffith joined the 'early music movement' in the mid-1970s, and went on to study the recorder at Exeter University, and obtained an LTCL performer's diploma, and more recently, has embarked on postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has been a local-authority woodwind teacher for over 30 years, and lives on the Orkney Islands! For seven years he was closely involved with the website management and publishing for The Early Music Shop, until its takeover by Music Sales Ltd. As well as a passion for early music, he has also contributed to books on jazz and folk music, and is currently active with a number of film and recording projects.