About Colchester Classics

Thank you for taking the time to visit this page to find out about Colchester Classics, CD mail-order service to clever customers, choirs and at concerts. 

Thank you Colchester Life for featuring Colchester Classics and Liz Leatherdale as your local business hero in April 2017.

Here is the blog Colchester Life published – says it all – totally overwhelmed by this. Thank you Colchester Life.

“This year Colchester Classics is celebrating 11 years as a classical music service to clever collectors and those just starting their love affair with music, choirs and concerts. Founder Liz Leatherdale is a Colcestrian with an impressive classical music heritage and a passion for providing great, personal service to help people on a journey of discovery.

Inspired to create her ‘own job’ by her son, after many years working in the music industry, Liz formed Colchester Classics in 2006. By mixing her two strengths of marketing and music, Liz sources and supplies CDs directly to customers anywhere in the world and offers all major classical music CD and DVD labels. Her customers wax lyrical about Liz’s uncanny ability to identify their personal preferences and guide them towards trying something new. A kind of well-informed “If you liked this, try this…” service, if you will.

Colchester Classics has developed a unique and innovative service, supplying CDs to choirs, orchestras and at concerts, and they now serve many of the local choral societies in in Essex and Suffolk. Liz also creates opportunities for CD sales and CD signings at concerts in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk with international artists such as Tasmin Little, Piers Lane, John Lill and Noriko Ogawa. The website is jam-packed with information and offers, and Liz has special sections for vinyl and even film music – if you’ve ever heard a beautiful aria in a soundtrack and would love to know where it’s from, Liz will be able to help!

So, yes, Liz is a very busy lady – but not only does she have time for each and every customer, she also promotes local classical music events on social media and writes weekly and monthly columns in the local press, previewing and reviewing concerts in our musically thriving area.” 


Essex Life magazine feature – Me and my pets: the-photo-max-june-2014                   Maximas and Mrs Tibbles. Liz Leatherdale tells us about her pre-loved pets, Maximas and Mrs Tibbles, and how they have had an impact on her life – Here


Here to help you hear more music on CD, discover new composers, read reviews of CDs and explore more than then snippet of music you just heard on the radio!

Looking to add CDs to your collection? Here to help you hear more on CD. Have you wasted money on CDs you never listen to? Don’t just click on a website and hope you get the music you could love, ‘phone Colchester Classics  on 0800 999 6994 and get the music you really want 

Would you like to learn and hear more about classical music?  Why not join our exclusive database? To receive emails about classical music CD reviews, offers and competitions, please sign up here . You can also connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Our Offers page has recently been updated with offers including Take 5 Chandos CDs for £55*, 1 July 2016 all Naxos single CDs will be £7.50* with the multi-buy offer of 5 for £35* and last but not least 2 Dutton Epoch CDs for £24* (See Offers page for T&Cs.)    Other pages are regularly updated too – please take a look!     

 We are happy to search for any requested CDs, DVDs or Vinyl LPs and we’ll aim to find them and let you know within 48 hours. We are more than just an award-winning CD service as we offer a CD service to those starting their love affair with classical music, CD collectors and directly to many local music societies.    

Our aim is to make music easily available and make you wonder how you ever coped without these CDs and DVDs in your collection! Your carefully considered choices of music are always despatched quickly in our perfectly packaged parcels. Although we specialise in Chandos CDs we supply CDs from all other classical music CD and DVD labels.

 We support festivals, choirs, ensembles and orchestras with recommended CDs and also previewing and reviewing concerts in Essex Life, Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette. To find out more about these weekly and monthly columns, please click on the NEWS bar above.

 New  UK Postal Address Please note that our address of UK PO Box is no longer active . All mail sent to this address will be returned to you. New UK 2nd class pre-paid envelope will be supplied with our new address of St Austell, 47 Gladwin Road, Colchester CO2 8HW. 

Overseas Postal Address – Please note our Overseas Postal address and also UK & Overseas return address remains 343 Straight Road, Colchester. Co3 9EF.

Recommend a Friend –  I am sure your friends must share your passion in Classical Music and value a  friendly, personal service.

Did you know … when your friend places an order, just ask them to mention your name. That way we can thank you and remind you to enjoy any Chandos single CD for £8* (usually £12.25*) with your next order.

As we have no showroom facilities or a retail outlet in Colchester we can pass our savings directly on to you. 

Colchester Classics was launched following an exclusive franchise arrangement with Chandos specialising in Chandos CDs plus many other CD labels too.

Colchester Classics offers an award-winning service to a UK and worldwide customer base plus many local music societies and members. 

“With a passion for classical music and many years experience in the music industry my vision for Colchester Classics, launched in January 2006, was to be the very best – a knowledgeable, friendly and personal CD service of the highest quality. 

I recognised the importance to customers of the personal touch – in identifying their individual preferences and offering guidance to try something new. This creative approach has encouraged growth in repeat sales and attracted new clients – many through personal recommendation. Classical music is increasingly becoming more popular and with recent collaborations with affiliated quality service providers I’m looking to penetrate new markets to ensure Colchester Classics’ continued success.” Liz Leatherdale, Managing Director, Colchester Classics. 

Liz Leatherdale graduated with a BA(Hons) and LGSM in Music followed by post-graduate courses in Communications, Advertising and Marketing.

Liz has combined both her music and marketing experiences through her career at both the BBC and also at Chandos Records Ltd. 

Liz is joined at Colchester Classics by a team of assistants including her husband, James. He ensures that each CD order is checked, packaged to a very high standard and despatched as efficiently and fast as possible. The assistance of James and others has been instrumental in providing constant support to Liz and ensuring the successful continuation of Colchester Classics since 2006.

To buy CDs or talk more about Classical music matters

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Freephone 0800 999 6994
Overseas telephone +44 (01206 520166

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