Luke and Heidi Woodhead founded Woodhead Horns to provide a professional, craftsman-led repair service for the horn playing community. We are based in the UK but offer a worldwide service.

The knowledge and craftsmanship amassed by Luke and Heidi during their time working at Paxman culminated in the launch of Woodhead Horns in 2009. Repairs are undertaken with the highest level of skill, service and professionalism.

Luke and Heidi Woodhead

Luke and Heidi Woodhead

The company operates from two workshops.

  • On Wednesday and Friday our workshop is open in West Hampstead – please book an appointment though – it gets busy and if we are unavailable there will be nobody to accept your instrument!
  • On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (and Saturday mornings by appointment only) we work from our premises in Ampthill, Bedfordshire (10 mins from M1, J13 Milton Keynes or J12 Toddington) where we have a large workshop with comprehensive facilities. Please call to arrange an appointment.

Luke Woodhead studied as a horn player at the Birmingham Conservatoire. After graduating in July 2000 he started to work at Paxman Ltd as a repairer. From 2004 – 2009 Luke managed Paxman’s London workshop as well as training repairers/horn builders and latterly taking on the role of Production Co-ordinator for the company.

In 2007 Luke was made an honorary member of the Birmingham Conservatoire for outstanding achievement in the musical industry within ten years of graduation.  Luke is of course a keen horn player.

Heidi Woodhead (née Bowdler) completed her undergraduate studies in Perth, Australia, then moved to London, to study horn at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing her PDOT in 1997. Since graduating she has worked as a professional horn player in London as well as spending four years working as a repairer for Paxman Musical Instruments Ltd. After completing a Masters degree in 2010 Heidi resumed work as a repairer for Woodhead Horns, working from the Ampthill workshop. She is currently mastering the craft of hand engraving.