Christmans At Chimes

Christmas is just around the corner and our elves at Chimes have been hard at work! We’ve compiled a shortlist of our absolute favourite gifts for the musician in your life. We’ve got lots more goodies in store – you can shop online, give us a ring or come visit us in person!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Never fear, check out our complete selections of:

1. A lovely book of Christmas Carols

Christmas carols are a essential part of the holiday season! Whether you’re looking for a solo piano volume or a collection perfect for a sing-along we’ve got a wide variety of collections to choose from. We even stock christmas carol books for beginners and for ukulele players! No musical home is complete without a book of classic and contemporary carols for a Christmas Eve singalong by the piano.

Check out some more options here!

2. A Snazzy Metronome

Every musician needs a metronome for their practice time! An old fashioned metronome is lovely tactile gift which can be kept for a lifetime. We carry a wide variety of old-fashioned mechanical metronomes by Wittner that are hand wound and require no batteries. The sound they produce is loud without being harsh and comes with the benefit of a visual element as well!

You can browse our full range of metronomes here

3. RAT Scherzo Music Stand

When it comes to gift giving, a music stand might seem to be lacking in romance – we’d encourage you to think again! The RAT Scherzo portable music stand is one of our favourite products of all! It’s truly designed with the needs of the modern musician in mind.

The RAT Scherzo is made of super lightweight aluminium – in fact, it’s the lightest stand on the market at only 700g! It’s incredibly easy to assemble, replacing old fashioned clunky knobs with high quality, durable hinges. It has a quick, easy adjust locking button for the music tray and can hold fairly heavy scores.  Best of all, it’s unusually tall for a collapsible music stand, making it versatile for use at home and on the road.

Not your cup of tea? We have a wide variety of other options as well!

4. A Christmas Read!

Whether you’re looking for a colourful kid’s book or a manual on orchestration, we’ve got a read that suits the musician in your life! We’ve chosen two of our absolute favourites to highlight:

Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noise is an extraordinary achievement. In principle, it’s an overview of music in the 20th century. For the reader, it’s fascinating, completely readable and gripping from beginning to end. Ross doesn’t provide much in the way of complex musical analysis instead illuminating cultural trends that surround some of the most extraordinary music created in the last century. The Rest is Noise is unique as a musicological book – it’s something music lovers, amateur players and professionals alike can devour and enjoy!

For a younger audience, check out our ‘My First Classical’ series from Naxos! These fun volumes are playfully illustrated and come with a companion CD so that budding musicians can explore the world of classical music with fun and excitement! 

5. A Tuning Fork or a Pitch Pipe

Both of these options are another wonderfully old fashioned gift, nowadays often replaced by piano apps on smartphones. However, the tactile, portable nature of these two tuning aides cannot be replaced by digital means! We stock a wide variety of tuning forks in particular – they can be ordered at many pitches, including E for tuning guitars (and even Baroque tunings!).

6. Musical Christmas Crackers

If you’re looking for a bit of fun around your Christmas table, look no further than these novelty crackers! They’re colourful and fun, each containing the traditional joke & paper crowns alongside little musical instruments for each of your dinner guests. Not to be missed this holiday season!

7. Music Bag

Every musician needs a way to transport their scores from rehearsal to home and then back again! We stock a wide variety of bags, from casual totes to leather satchels.

For the younger player, we keep a variety of colourful, fun Mapac music bags – they’re durable, waterproof and fairly roomy, perfect for keeping all their music books together and ready for the lesson each week.

If your musician would like something a little more sophisticated, we also stock  beautiful leather music satchels. These handmade bags are designed to last you a lifetime and are perfect for taking your scores on the go!

8. A Beautiful Score

If you’re looking for something truly unique and don’t mind a little more of an investment, we can order in a wide variety hardbound and facsimile volumes! These are often produced in small batches with incredible attention to detail, making a beautiful, unusual gift for a discerning musician.

If it’s an operatic vocal score you’re looking for, you’re in luck – Ricordi publish a large selection of their most popular vocal scores in lovely burgundy hardback editions. They’re really reasonably priced (mostly under £30) and make the perfect gift for a singer in your life!

Highlights include hardback full scores, hardback vocal scores and Barenreiter’s gorgeous facsimile manuscripts!

9. A Ukulele!

These little 4-string Hawaiian instruments have exploded in popularity over the last ten years and with good reason! They’re much quicker to learn than a traditional guitar and suit both adults and children. You can also get a wonderful instrument for a fraction of the price! We stock a variety around £30 which are perfect for a curious beginner or a young player. We also keep a variety of more expensive instruments made from higher quality materials for a more discerning ear!

Fun & cheerful Kona Ukuleles available from £29.99
Solid wood top Kona Ukuleles available from £52.99
Beautifully detailed Flight  Ukuleles from £39.99
Bohemian Oil Can Ukes from £129 – lots of fun!

10. Kid’s Gifts!

For the little musician in your life! Musical toys can be an amazing way for young children to begin to explore worlds of sound without making a larger commitment to a more expensive instrument.

11. A Musical Mug

This is a great gift for a music teacher or a friend – simple, useful and will last them for years. We have a wide variety of different styles, colours and sizes to suit just about anyone!

Browse our full selection here!

12. Stocking Stuffers galore!

We carry a wide variety of fun musical gifts that are perfect for bulking up a stocking – from socks to pencils, keyrings, stationery, little manuscript books, games and bowties, we’ve definitely got something to suit your loved ones!

13. Rosin

A beautiful rosin can be a wonderful gift for a string player! We carry a wide variety for all types of stringed instruments – our fanciest rosin even has flecks of gold in it. You can browse our full selection online or better yet, pop into the shop and get some advice about what your string player might like!

14. A beautiful musician’s pencilbox

We love this little Henle pencilbox – it comes with three pencils, three rubbers, a sharpener and an A tuning fork. Perfect for any musician in your life!

15. Chimes Gift Card!

If you just can’t make up your mind, let your musician choose for themselves! We offer gift cards at any price point and have a selection of wonderful greeting cards for delivering one in style.

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