Leamington Spa eCommerce site for classical and jazz music, sheet music and instructions reports record year

Photo shows: Chris O’Reilly, CEO of Presto Music

Presto Music, the world’s leading eCommerce site for classical music and jazz recordings, sheet music, music books and musical instruments, has reported business growth of 18 per cent during the 2020-2021 financial year, making it Presto’s most successful to date. This unprecedented growth can be attributed in large part to sustained customer demand for classical and jazz music throughout the lockdown period.

Founded in 1986 as a small high street shop in Leamington Spa, Presto Music now offers classical recordings (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and Downloads), sheet music and music books available online.

In FY20/21, the number of active customers (purchased during the year) was 102,087, exceeding 100,000 for the first time in Presto’s history and representing an increase of 16% on the previous financial year. Further cementing the company’s financial success was a 47% increase in music downloads, while sales figures for the jazz department experienced an astonishing growth of 100%. But while downloads performed extremely well, CD sales still accounted for over 50% of Presto’s revenue due to the richer information in the accompanying booklets, as well as high quality sound.

Chris O’Reilly, CEO of Presto Music, says: “The results have been extremely rewarding for our team. While we appreciate that the unusual circumstances we’ve all experienced this past year have certainly played a part in our success, our commitment to exceptional customer service and fast delivery has also been instrumental, combined with the countless hours invested in delivering carefully curated content for our dedicated and loyal customer base.’’

The significant financial growth, the recent addition of a ‘musical instruments and accessories’ department to Presto’s online catalogue (now totalling more than 1 million products), as well the recent launch of the company’s very own app and new features for the website, has prompted the decision to reinvigorate the Presto brand with a new logo and a renewed corporate image on its 35th anniversary.

Paolo Pezzangora, Head of Marketing at Presto Music, says: “Companies should always consider rebranding whenever their business goes through an expansion such as the one Presto experienced this past year. This comes with an added opportunity to connect with new customers and prospects, and therefore also an opportunity to go through a brand reinvention.”

Chris O’Reilly added: “It’s been an invigorating year and so far 2021 has been showing promising results as well. We look forward to another productive FY and to the numerous opportunities this will bring with customers both new and old.”