Bell Percussion was founded as a rental business in 1990 and since then has grown to become one of the World's leading music hire companies. Based in west London, we have spent the last two decades developing and diversifying into sales, transport, studios and repairs. From beginners to seasoned professionals, we provide expert knowledge along with competitive prices for every percussive need. We pride ourselves on the professional quality of our hire instruments with our ‘anything is possible’ mentality remaining to this day. We have always worked to a guiding principle of customer service and attention to detail. Twenty years on, Bell Percussion is still carefully nurtured as an independently run family business.

We are not only a classical and session supplier but we also provide the wild and various instruments and equipment for many of the film soundtracks recorded in the UK such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and the Harry Potter films recorded at Abbey Road and Air Studios. We have also recently expanded into backine, staging and invested in our fleet of orchestral furniture.

 

1989
Bell Percussion was formed in a Hillingdon warehouse surrounded by palletised UHT milk. It’s transport was carried out by S & H Transport and a driver called Spud.

 

1991
Moves from Hillingdon to Hayes. Still associated with the transport company but for the first time Bell had its own section of smart warehousing, its own truck and two people.
1992
Outgrows Hillingdon and for the first time, signs a lease and moves into its own 2000sqf premises in Isleworth.
1993
Still in Isleworth, the staff rise to 3
1995
Agrees terms on a new freehold property in Acton and commences work to expand the hire department and shop and create three rehearsal studios and a restaurant. Staff rise to 4
1996
April 1st 1996 – Bell Studios launch
2004
The studio site is cut into two halves to concentrate on percussion hire and sales. Staff rise to 5.
2014
After the silly idea in 2004 a new 6500sqf property is acquired adjacent to the original building. New studios are created in both buildings with an expanded hire department and shop.
2015
January Bell Studios part 2 launches


MEET THE TEAM      

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

A hat.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

A new hat.

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

A Big Hat, No Cattle - Randy Newman.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Timmy Mallet.

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Timmy Mallet.

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Timmy Mallet wearing a hat.

 

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

A polka dotted cravat. I’m nowhere near fancy enough to own one but someday… someday.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

I think I would spend every day laughing hysterically if I had enough money, so I’d construct a room entirely for this purpose.

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

Without a shadow of a doubt – Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman with Prince’s soundtrack. The stuff of legend and dreams and possibly legend’s dreams.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Pat Sharp. I don’t need to explain this.

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Stand-up comedian Doug Stanhope. I wouldn’t want to speak though… in case I ruined it.

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Celebrity Darwinism (Fight of the Fittest) – Celebrities are exposed to a variety of debilitating diseases and asked to participate in hilarious physical challenges. Last one standing wins.

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

My 1992/93 Villa shirt. First year of the premiership, we nearly won it!... Honestly! We used to be quite good.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

A safe like Scrooge McDuck had in Ducktales to keep all my monies in. I’d put fivers in there mind, all those coins would hurt when I dived in. Never really understood how he managed that…

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

White Men Can’t Jump. The thing is, at the end, they can jump after all… Classic.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

It’s a tie… Des Lynam and Paul Daniels

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Shaun Keaveny – 6music Breakfast

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

You could film celebrities watching other celebrities on TV that are watching other celebrities on TV. It’s the future.

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

My vans shoes, I find them most comfortable for playing the kit and doing general tasks like walking and stuff.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

A million pounds worth of lottery tickets! Rinse and repeat. 

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

If I had to pick it would have to be the Dark Knight with its original soundtrack. Hans Zimmer gets me every time! 

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Craig David, I should probably explain this but I'll leave it open to discussion. 

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Anyone who hasn't met a real life Geordie before. We're geet lovely ya kna! (Aye?)

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

I'm a Craig David get me out of here. A reality TV show involving me and Craig David in a jungle survival setting. The first one to be caught and eaten loses. 

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

These boots... they're made for walking ;)

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

The mother of all blow out partaaaaays!

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

The one, the only... Back To The Future.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Robin Williams

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

James Earl Jones (He'd have to wear the Vader mask though)

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Celebrity Fight Club. Celebrities fighting to the death or until one of them falls into complete obscurity.

  

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

A tight black t-shirt. Anyone can look good in one of those (almost)

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

I'd buy a top of the range Jaguar (car that is). I have wanted one since the day I passed my test.

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

Iron Man & AC/DC. Who wouldn't want to be Tony Stark - Money, successful business and a great line in suits.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Will Smith. Great in Men in Black, funny, made some good music and he can dance.

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Robert Plant, a true legend. I would like to find out what inspired him and the band to create such amazing music.

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Political Gladiators. Politicians would have to battle it out against TV's Gladiators in order to get their policies approved.


 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

Black skinny Levi’s, perfect for work, play and Tennis.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

5 million Kinder Hippos at 20p a go.

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

Road to Eldorado, because Elton John.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Take That, they are singular, one, all.

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Kanye West, he’s an interesting guy with interesting ideas and nice trainers.

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Grocery shopping with Dame Edna Everage.

 

1. What is your favourite item of clothing?

Black Vans. Actually all Vans. EVERYTHING VANS! They go with everything. Hey Vans, if you're reading this... hook a brother up.

2. What is the first thing you would buy if you were a millionaire?

Shares in Vans

3. What is your favourite film and album combo?

Obviously Top Gun.

4. Who is your favourite 90’s celebrity?

Michael Jordan. Space Jam, that's why.

5. Who would you most like to have a pint with?

Don Henley or Joe Walsh. Anyone from The Eagles for that matter.

6. If you could create any reality TV show involving celebrities, what would it be?

Celebrity Big Brother with actual celebrities.

 

 

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