Hannah’s Music marks 30 years of keeping Chepstow tuned

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A MUSIC store that has become a Chepstow institution celebrates its 30th anniversary in the city.

Hannah’s Music, on Moor Street, has been providing instruments, supplies, rehearsal space and expertise since it opened in 1991.

The store was opened in memory of owner Carol Mutlow’s daughter, Hannah, who lost her life to cystic fibrosis just before her 17th birthday.

“Hannah loved music, she was a very talented pianist who started teaching the piano to others at the age of 14,” Ms. Mutlow said.

“We would often discuss the need for a music store in town, because when she needed music books for her students it was always a trip to Newport or Cardiff to do it.

“I considered opening a store for her a few years before her death, I even went to my bank manager to get her opinion, but as I knew nothing about business management or very little about the business of music, he advised me against. ”

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After Hannah died, Ms Mutlow said part of her left with her.

“I couldn’t function properly and my life was meaningless even though I had 2 other daughters and a loving husband,” she said.

“Then one morning I woke up thinking ‘I have to open this store’.

Ms Mutlow washed and dressed, hopped on her bike and ran into town to see the bank manager.

“The rest is history,” she said.

“The only thing Hannah and I didn’t discuss was what we would call the shop, to me that was obvious.”

Ms Mutlow said she “can’t really believe it’s been 30 years, and yet it seems a life away.”

She says she has no plans to mark the milestone.

“I posted a post on Facebook to let people know, thinking it would help publicize the store and all of the support posts were absolutely overwhelming,” she said.

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The past two years of lockdowns and the fight against coronavirus regulations have been a struggle for Ms Mutlow and the store.

“As has been with everyone,” she said.

“I’m not one to give in as you might imagine, so I won’t let a pandemic beat me.

“Everything I do relates to Hannah, she always feels close to me.”


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