Hickies has a long and deep history within the city of Reading and the county of Berkshire. Founded in 1864 by William Hickie, the store quickly became an authority on pianos and instrument trading in the region. In 1913 Frank Elphick purchased Hickies Music from William Hickie setting up the business as a limited company with his family. Throughout the 20th & 21st centuries Hickies has evolved over time by expanding to sell electrical goods, vinyl records, guitars, electronic instruments, sheet music and providing rental services and musical tuition to customers. Hickies has a strong place in Reading’s history & future, helping to promote local music events and communities, teaching the community how to play their favourite songs, helping those of all ages find their dream instrument & musical potential. No job is ever too small and our customers are incredibly valuable not only to us but the musical community in Reading and the across the U.K.
Reading Piano Gallery
On the first floor of Hickies we have our piano gallery. Holding a fleet of acoustic and digital pianos from premium brands including, Yamaha, Kawai, Roland and Casio. We have both new and pre-owned acoustic pianos in a variety of cabinet sizes from small uprights to grand pianos. If you are looking for something portable we have small digital stage pianos and keyboards. We are also fortunate enough to stock the complete Yamaha Clavinova range, Yamaha’s most premium digital pianos and Roland’s LX series, both the state of the art in digital piano technology. Last but certainly not least, we have Yamaha Silent Pianos, retrofitting a completely standard Yamaha acoustic piano with a digital sound system.
Reading Musical Instruments
On the ground floor of Hickies we have a large range of acoustic and electric guitars from a host of top brands that include Fender, Martin, PRS, Sigma, Faith, Cort, Seagull and more. We have great woodwind, stringed and brass instruments from Yamaha, Trevor James and Stentor. We also have a range of amplifiers form Roland, Boss, Fender and Hughes and Kettner.
Reading Musicians Accessories
If you are a musician and need any accessories or supplies, we have a large range of guitar strings from brands such as D'Addario, Ernie Ball and Fender. We have tuners and metronomes, slides and capos, instrument cables and a collection of effects pedals. We have instrument bags, cases and straps and also a host of accessories for classical instrument like reeds and rosin.
Reading Music Books
We have over 3000 printed book for musicians that cover personal tuition, grade material, songbooks, technical exercises, song writing and theory and a host of instrument specific guides. If we happen to not have a book you need we’ll specially order them on your behalf. We also have an affiliation with Music Direct that allows Hickies to use their expansive print music on demand service. For anything sheet music related contact us and we’ll happily get the music you need.
Readings Music Scene
Readings relationship with music has been a fruitful one over the decades, producing hundreds of bands for the local, national and global stage. Reading’s young and diverse musical community frequently attracts national attention due to its passionate and original bands and growing list of venues including: SUB89, The Purple Turtle, The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Oakford Social Club, Face Bar, RYND, Rivermead Leisure Centre, The Hexagon and the Jazz Café. Reading also boasts several classical orchestras and choirs such as the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Reading Youth Orchestra to name a few as well as other smaller Berkshire based organisations. There’s a lot going on in the Reading music scene!