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Miller's Music Centre & Ken Stevens Music & Instruments

Address : 12 Sussex Street
Town/City : Cambridge
County : Cambridgeshire
Country : England
Post code : CB1 1PW
Phone : 01223 354452
Phone 2 :01223 367758
Web Site :  www.millersmusic.co.uk

Miller's Music Centre is believed to be the second oldest music shop in the country, yet its foundation came about quite by chance.

As one of the largest comprehensive music stores in the country with over 200 pianos, 1000 instruments and thousands of sheet music titles in stock, Millers and associate company Ken Stevens Music offer everything a musician can desire in one showroom.

With Interest Free Credit and Money Back Rental the opportunity to try any instrument can be both inexpensive and exciting.

How did this come about?

In 1856, hard times forced the sale of the Miller family's grand piano to save the family bonnet shop from bankruptcy. The sale was so successful that further pianos were purchased and from this humble beginning the current company has grown.

In the early years, Miller's were leaders in new technology selling early gramophones and the cylinders for them. They produced the first truly portable gramophones which were sold in their hundreds to the forces for use in the trenches during the First World War. Over one hundred pipe organs were made in Millers' own factory and many are still giving good service today.

After The Second World War, the company was sold by the Miller family and was bought back only in 1953. By this time, the company was retailing all musical instruments and was a leader in the 'new' field of electronic entertainment. It was a major retailer of electric organs and was also sold a wide range of record players, records, radios and televisions. The link with television went right back to the early days when Millers exhibited the first working television in Cambridge!

In 1966, the company was sold again to Mr (later Sir) David Robinson, the well-known philanthropist and founder of Robinson College, Cambridge. The company returned once again to the original Miller family in 1974 and the present Managing Director, Mr. Barry Robinson, is the great, great, great grandson of the Founder, Albert Tubelcain Miller.

In 1974 Television, Video and Audio Departments were sold to allow Miller's Music to expand its music showrooms - a change that has proved highly successful. Ken Stevens Music and Instruments was established in the 60's as a mecca for the band instrument musician. It expanded until the 80's as the acknowledged specialist for educational, group and light entertainment instruments, carrying a wide range of sheet music plus tutors and exam music. The Miller family acquired Ken Stevens in 1980 to enable them to sell everything a musician could desire adding credit and rental the musicians opportunities.

Millers Music Centre with its huge range of pianos and keyboard instruments and Ken Stevens' wide selection of other instruments and music makes a visit to the ONE STOP MUSIC SHOP in Sussex Street, Cambridge every musicians dream.


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Featured Attraction

Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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