Suppliers and other organisations

Balaam’s Music (103 Risbygate Street. Bury St Edmunds .Suffolk. IP33 3AA. 01284 754324 or 766933), specialises in the supply of musical instruments and music in print and other media. It has strong links with schools and local authorities in the area, and much of the business revolves around music in education, from pre-school playgroup to A-level standards. A workshop on the premises deals with repairs and setting up of instruments. There is also an instrument rental scheme.

Howard Ball - bowmaker (based in Hartest, Suffolk). Howard also rehairs and refurbishes bows. Howard has fulfilled a number of commissions for bows and looks after the requirements of many top professional string players.

Bury Free Press - West Suffolk's local newspaper.


Sandarac Ltd (based in Sible Hedingham) offers a complete range of build-to-order, high quality, hand-crafted, European, violins, violas, cellos, and double basses. Each instrument is available in a variety of colours and finishes, and is set-up to the customer's playing specification as part of the price. 12 months warranty and free 6-month service on all new instruments. Full professional technical support and advice is always available.

Tides Reach recording studio. Tides Reach is an affordable pro-audio, recording studio in Lowestoft. It specialises in recording, editing, mixing and mastering rock, pop, jazz and acoustic music along with corporate projects, advertising and voiceovers.