McAlister Matheson Music was started up by business partners Anne McAlister and Sandy Matheson in 1991, and is Scotland’s only classical CD and DVD/Blu-ray specialist. As well as new releases, the 7000 discs on display include an extensive stock of back-catalogue titles. A selection of jazz, Scottish Folk and children’s discs is also stocked, together with a small range of books on music and musicians.
Magazines on sale comprise Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, International Piano, Opera and the Wagner Journal. The BBC Proms Guide is also stocked each spring.
The shop operates a Discount Card Scheme where, for an annual subscription of £17, customers receive 10% discount on all disc purchases for a year, and additional discounts on some Top Ten and Gramophone Editor’s Choice recordings. It is possible for Discount Cardholders to apply their discount to purchases on this site – simply click on the ‘Apply your membership discount’ button underneath the search bar at the top of the page then enter your Discount Card number (found on the card). If it’s a valid number and your card is in date, reduced prices will be displayed for all items.
While the majority of sales happen over the counter, mail-order is an increasingly important aspect of the business. We are happy to accept orders (and give advice) by telephone, email, letter or over the web, and are able to send discs world-wide.
The shop’s over-riding culture has always been to promote fine recordings and, when asked, to advise customers on what recordings might best suit their needs. All the staff have a keen interest in classical music, and most have a music degree or are studying music.
Anne has an honours degree in Accountancy and Computer Science, and is a Chartered Accountant. She now feels she has the best of both worlds, combining her business background with her lifelong love of music. Anne sings with various choirs including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and Calton Consort. Her main musical passions encompass Bach and music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Matthew Swan started working for MMM on a very part-time basis in July 2013, and became a permanent full-time member of staff in April 2014. Matthew graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Music Technology in 2012. He is keenly interested in recording techniques, and plays the keyboard and sings from time to time.