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.

What and how to hire

You can hire a ... Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Trumpet / Cornet, Saxophone, Horn, Trombone, Euphonium and Baritone and Tuba.  Percussion packs are also available for budding young drummers.  Most instruments are in stock and available for immediate collection.  We can deliver to LEA/Academy schools at the start of the Spring, Summer and Autumn term.

Due to COVID19 we have adjusted our Instrument storage process to ensure that is as safe as possible. Any instruments returned to us are quarantined for 2 weeks before our technicians inspect them. Once two weeks has passed the instruments, and cases, are thoroughly cleaned. We have an ultrasonic bath to ensure that brass and woodwind instruments are thoroughly cleaned inside and out. The instrument is then serviced and made ready for the next hire.
To hire, just click here or alternatively you can download our student hire form or adult hire form and return it to us.  Make sure to ask your instrumental teacher for advice on the correct instrument to suit your child (some come in different sizes).
If you live outside of Gloucestershire you can still hire an instrument from us.  Simply click here or download the out of county hire form and return to us along with your payment (plus a £50 refundable deposit).  


If you are in a hurry, call the office (01452 427242) to check the availability of the instrument that you require and when you would like to collect it.

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