History

Gerry Birch began his career in the music industry in 1969 as an apprentice French Horn Maker with Paxman Musical Instruments. After 14 years making French Horns and repairing every conceivable type of Brass instrument and a further 5 years as Brass Technician with Bill Lewington Ltd, Gerry started his own business in Norfolk.

With Gerry in the 'hands on department' and his partner Jane Prince in charge of the admin, Swaffham Music soon established itself as a leading Specialist Brass Shop.

In 2003 after 15 years in Norfolk, Swaffham Music amalgamated with Peter Rose Woodwind Repairs and formed Unison Music Co Ltd. This required relocating to Canterbury, Kent.

During this amalgamation, the company purchased the Peter Gane Mute Manufacturing business and after two and a half years, it became apparent that there was not enough time or indeed space to run both businesses successfully from the same premises.

The result is the formation of Gerry Birch Music Services.

In September 2016, after 10 very successful years and retirement age fast approaching, Gerry has made the decision to sell the mute manufacturing side of the business and concentrate on the Repairs and Sales. However, retail customers can still purchase Peter Gane Mutes from us as normal.