Centre Opening Times

Colwell Arts Centre is now open 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.

Please note: the office will be closed on Friday 19th August 2022 (but our phone lines will still be open for enquiries until 4pm)

WCET £10 Instrumental Hire Offer

Just £10 to hire an instrument and join an orchestra!

Autumn 2022

For pupils who are receiving Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET) in school

Your child is currently receiving instrumental tuition delivered by Gloucestershire Music. This term, your child will receive 10 Whole Class Ensemble Tuition lessons (WCET) at their school developing skills in listening, notation, composition and performance.  Because your child receives these lessons, we can provide discounted instrument hire to help support home learning and to facilitate free access to one of our music centre foundation ensembles.

The instruments currently available as part of this scheme are:

Brass - Cornet, trumpet & baritone horn

Strings - Violin, viola & guitar

Woodwind - Clarinet & flute 

Percussion - Snare drum & glock pack  

The instrument you hire must be the same type of instrument as the one your child is playing in their WCET lessons at school.

Please note: if your child is receiving WCET on ukulele it is more cost effective for you to buy an instrument than hire. Access to a music centre foundation orchestra is still available in this circumstance regardless of instrumental hire. 

At this time P-Buzz is not part of this scheme.

We do not include recorder as part of this scheme. Instead we offer recorders to purchase for £10. Please contact glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk for more information.

How long does the deal last?

The instrumental hire deal is available throughout the first term your child receives Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET), when this term ends normal hire fees apply. Your child can, however, still attend a music centre foundation ensemble for FREE indefinitely. 

Instrument Delivery

Instruments may be delivered to your child's school for no charge up to Friday 22nd October 2022 subject to staff time. To maximise the period of hire we recommend collecting the instrument from our HQ at Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD.

Please note £10 instrument hire bookings received after Friday 22nd October will be available for collection only. 

Music Centre Foundation Ensembles

Our foundation orchestras are designed for students at the start of their musical journey. Sessions last for 45 - 60 minutes and are designed to improve ensemble skills through games, singing and practical music making. Access to our foundation orchestral sessions are FREE of charge through this scheme, all you need to bring is yourself and your instrument.

Brookfield Music Centre, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Gloucester - Saturdays 10.30am – 11.15am

Five Valleys Music Centre, Archway School, Stroud - Saturdays 10.30am – 11.15am

Forest of Dean Foundation Orchestra, Coleford Baptist Church, Coleford - Saturdays 10.30am - 11.15am 


How to take advantage of this deal


To take advantage of this fantastic offer, just click here and complete the online form. When asked, please select WCET £10 Scheme.

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