Miller's Music is one of the longest established companies in Britain and is believed to be the second oldest music shop in the country, yet its foundation came about quite by chance. 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.
— An early advertisement
In the early years, Miller's Music 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 leader in the new field of electric organs and was also selling 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!
— £50.10 for a Challen piano: a great investment
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 grandson of the Founder, Albert Tubelcain Miller.
In 1993, the 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 and formed a new associated company.
— And we still do hire purchases today!
We like to think that the combination of Millers Music with its huge range of keyboard instruments and Ken Stevens' selection of other instruments and music makes the perfect ONE STOP MUSIC SHOP.