A history of Schott Music in London
This year marks the centenary of the familiar London address of Schott Music Limited. Schott first established a London presence in 1835 in St James’s, moving to 159 Regent Street before settling at 48 Great Marlborough Street in 1908. This continuity and sense of tradition is shared with our founding company in Mainz, which still occupies the original building of its inception in 1770, the year of Beethoven’s birth.
Adam, son of the founder, Bernhard Schott, established the London offices, importing and selling editions and sheet music. In 1853 Schott London began publishing in its own right, and a royal warrant was granted in 1879. Charles Volkert became manager in 1881, expanding the company and the premises. He knew the famous composers of the day including Brahms, Gounod, Liszt, Von Bulow, and especially Wagner, who was by this time published by Schott Music GmbH & Co. Volkert was later one of the founders of the Performing Rights Society in 1914.
When 48 Great Marlborough St was acquired in 1908, a warehouse was built in the garden of this 18th Century house for the trade and export departments. Schott was publishing some of Elgar's early salon pieces, including Salut d'Amour, and began its first major composer relationship, with Percy Grainger.
Today the London centre is one of the international offices of Schott Music. Our partnership with The Schott Music Shop means that 48 Great Marlborough Street offers the widest range of music across all genres, as well as practice rooms and a showroom where the latest publications of all the leading publishers can be perused and sampled.
Schott also owns other distinguished and popular brands, including the Eulenburg edition. Eulenburg’s miniature scores catalogue is unrivalled in its comprehensive range, encompassing over 1,200 titles of chamber, orchestral, operatic and choral works. Reliability, high production values and customer-focus across every aspect of music publishing are the hallmarks of Schott Music, which now has centres in 9 countries. Music for all - from the youngest child and the enthusiastic amateur to the professional musician and international soloist - is at the heart of the Schott Music catalogue.