We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.


Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going! Click here for more information.



Please note that all face-to-face rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government’s direction on COVID-19. However, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online ensemble sessions, open to anyone in Gloucestershire. Please click here for more details.

Benefits of making music in a group


Being a member of a music groups is great fun, and helps you get even better as a musician.

Learning an instrument in school or privately is one thing, but the skills a musician gains from making music in a group are an important part of their progression – in music, and as people.

They benefit from …

  • Memorable musical experiences – regular weekly rehearsals, concerts and other opportunities like masterclasses and workshops
  • Making new friends - the important sense of belonging that a music group can impart has even been proven in research as being good for wellbeing
  • Developing their instrumental and musical skills - including sight-reading and training their ears, and exposing them to a variety of instruments and even styles, making them more aware and flexible musicians  
  • Developing their confidence and skills in performing in front of others, leading to greater self-esteem
  • Learning from each other - evaluating each other's performance and providing positive feedback  
  • Motivation - seeing other people make music provides motivation and encourages musician to try new things; there's also less pressure than in a 1-1 lesson so students may relax and enjoy making music more
  • Developing their skills in team work and co-operation, listening, concentration, and much more

Making music can also raise young people’s aspirations and achievements at school, and provide wider personal and life skills and benefits, not least skills for learning.

Photographs: Malcolm Pollock freelance photographer

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