Hereford music school hits the right note

A former London music mogul who “retired” to Herefordshire in 2003 is building a new studio to tap into local talent.

Pete Goodall, who enjoyed a lifetime of success having had hits with a host of different artists during the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, established the Hereford Music School and Studios on Hereford’s old cattle market in 2005.

“Many local musicians who could not have afforded the costs of London producers and studios have begun at the school, learned their craft - high quality playing, writing, recording, stagecraft and performance, and a sound knowledge of how the business side works - royalty collection and publishing,” said Pete.

Now, six years on, the studios have moved to Hereford’s Three Elms Trading Estate to make way for the major redevelopment of the old cattle market site.

Hereford Futures is working with developers, Stanhope, to bring a Debenhams store, a multi-screen cinema along with retail and leisure facilities to the city centre location.

“Herefordshire Council originally provided the premises at the old cattle market site, and they’ve again stepped in and provided us with temporary accommodation on the trading estate,” added Pete.

Exciting plans have been drawn up which would ultimately see the school move into a basement of the city’s Cathedral School.

“This will ensure that the young, and not so young, musicians from the county, who otherwise would have no opportunity to ‘learn the trade,’ become the successful stars of tomorrow, and in business terms contribute income to the county through earnings from sales and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) from their writing,” added Pete.

The School has its own label “Speakeasy” and distributor “One Media PLC” based at Pinewood Studios, as well as record promoter Steve Osborne, to ensure airplay of the school's finished music.

All proceeds from royalties go to the school (which is a registered charity) - Pete and the team all work as volunteers – to ensure that the equipment students use is state-of-the-art.

The good news is that while the address of the studios has changed, the phone number remains the same and Pete can be contacted on 01432 853001.