Uppermill’s dynamic duo don’t miss a beat thanks to specialist musician’s glasses

Saddleworth’s musical couple can now see the music

They do say Good things come in pairs. That’s certainly true in the case of Uppermill bands Bass Trombonist and Assistant Principal Cornet Jeremy and Lesley Lewis. It’s been a really good year for Uppermill Brass Band, with them bringing home plenty of silverware.  The band came 2nd in the North West Area Finals in February, 1st in the Ripon Entertainment Contest in June and they scooped a fantastic 1st at the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham in September. Earning them promotion to the second section.  

When only the best will do

With the band on the up, it’s very important that the musicians perform at their best every time. Musical couple Jeremy and Lesley Lewis don’t take risks with their performances and always strive for perfection. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to eye-care the couple want to give their eyes the very best.    Assistant Principal Cornet Lesley is very long sighted, she also has a pronounced astigmatism. In addition, Lesley is also presbyopic and the presbyopia was causing her  significant problems at music stand distance. Lesley first visited us at Allegro Optical in August 2017 for some marching glasses. So it was a pleasure to see her again when she needed some new varifocals and music glasses. When not making music Lesley works as a Library Manager, so it’s vitally important that she have good near vision. We dispensed Lesley with a pair of high index Personalised Digital Freeform Progressives. The lenses are created using variable curves on both surfaces of the lens, providing excellent vision correction. This unique, continuously changing lens surface curvature, delivers an expanded reading zone and improved peripheral vision. Perfect for someone doing Lesley’s job.

Specialist Musician’s Glasses

For Lesley’s specialist musicians glasses we combined ergonomics and aesthetics to create a pair of lenses which would deliver the very best optical performance. Each one of Lesley’s lenses is unique: with the surface powers calculated taking into account the prescription, pupil position and the 3D shape of the selected frame, her prescription at music stand distance and viewing angle. We caught up with Lesley a few weeks later and asked her how she was getting on with her glasses. She said:“It is a challenge when you move to a new part of the country and need to find a new optician – I needn’t have worried!  I am thrilled with my glasses from Allegro Optical. My varifocals provide me with excellent vision to meet my everyday needs. For me though, it is my specialist musicians glasses and marching glasses that demonstrate their expertise and detailed understanding of what I need to play my part in Uppermill Band”.

Headline the Bassline 

Jeremy is no stranger to hitting the headlines. He did just that when he became our 1000th customer back in July 2018. Jeremy first visited Allegro Optical on the recommendation of Lesley because of our specialism in this field. Back in 2018 Jeremy chose two pairs of glasses, one pair having Allegro Optical’s bespoke musician’s lenses, adapted to include his distance prescription.  The second pair were fitted with Allegro’s unique Incessu lenses. developed especially for marching and playing from a lyre. Fast forward to 2019 and Jeremy felt his vision had changed. Having a mild myopic prescription Jeremy, like Lesley is dealing with the effects of presbyopia. Following a thorough eye test with Greenfield’s resident Optometrist Sara Ackroyd it was apparent that Jeremy had a change of prescription.  Jeremy is a trainer and coach with a deep knowledge of  Leadership & Management and Diversity and Inclusion training. Within his role Jeremy regularly needs to present to large groups of people. Jeremy needs good clear vision at all distances.    Like Lesley we dispensed Jeremy with a pair of Personalised Digital Freeform Progressives to deliver an expanded near and intermediate zone and improved peripheral vision. Perfect for someone doing Jeremy’s job.

It’s all about the trombones

As Jeremy’s prescription had changed we also needed to update his specialist musicians glasses. Because Jeremy play his trombone to one side of his music stand we dispensed another pair of specialist musicians glasses. Fitted with a pair of our now famous Fogotto lenses. Our Fagotto CR lens is perfect for any musician who plays an instrument which partially obscures their view such as a Bassoon or oboe. They are also perfect for any musician who plays an instrument offset to one side, such as the trombone. This was a little tricky as we had to pinpoint music stand area within the lens while maintaining clear vision of Jeremy’s conductor Dean Redfern. After a bit of manipulation of the centre field of Jeremy’s lenses we had it covered. Jeremy can now see the music on his stand and conductor Dean, without any need to move his head. When Jeremy had been using his lenses for a while we asked him how he was managing with them and he replied;  “I am really impressed with Allegro Optical’s expertise and customer service. My varifocals have transformed my work life. Stopping the constant on-off of spectacles when I’m speaking at conferences.  But best of all, my band glasses and marching glasses, like Uppermill Band, have been the real winners.   For the first time in a while I can see all the music as well as the conductor and march cards as well as the pot holes and hazards on the road.  Such clever accurate, bespoke and specialist lens design”. 

Why do musicians come to Allegro Optical?

As an independent family run business we are gaining an international reputation for professional excellence and an inventive approach to meeting customer needs. Now known internationally as the ‘Musicians Opticians’ we are attracting many clients from across Europe and further a field. Our groundbreaking work with performers, players and conductors has resulted in Allegro Optical becoming the first and only opticians to gain registration with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM). We treat each client as an individual because they are. It is true that no two musicians are the same, So why should their vision correction be? We enjoy creating unique lenses to meet a musician’s particular needs. As musicians ourselves we can ask the right questions and interpret the answers accordingly.

Award-winning eye-care

So successful has Allegro Optical been in helping performers that this year alone we have scooped no less than five national and regional awards. These awards include the National ‘Best New Arts & Entertainment Business of the Yearat a gala event in London. Managing Director Sheryl Doe was awarded the 2019Dispensing Optician of the Year and she has been shortlisted for the AOP Dispensing Optician of the year 2020. During March Allegro Optical was awarded theScale-Up Business of the Yearat the regional finals of the Federation of Small Business awards in York and went on to receive the FSB Chairman’s award at the national finals in May. Finally winning the FBU Yorkshire family business of the year. Allegro Optical’s unique optical solution and our cutting edge approach to dispensing has led to the group being named finalists in the Huddersfield Examiners Business Awards in the Innovation and Enterprise category. The company has been featured in many national publications including The Times 4BarsRest, The British Bandsman and Music Teacher Magazine. Are you are a musician who is struggling with their vision? Is making music is no longer the enjoyable experience it once was? If so call us at either Greenfield on 01457 353100 or Meltham on 01484 907090.  

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