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)

News and events



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    NYJO Masterclass

    Young musicians from our GM groups with a keen ear and enthusiasm for Jazz got to experience a workshop yesterday relating to some of it's core history - a good snapshot in a day!  

    Our guest musicians and educators were from NYJO - tutor Paul Edis and NYJO ambassadors Matt and Ucheena, who gave plenty of valuable input to the crucial listening, awareness, practical skills, improvisation, interaction and useful theory used in Jazz playing.

    The workshop included rhythmic warm-ups, learning and exploring key principles of New Orleans, Swing, Bebop, Modal and Free Jazz too. There was also opportunity to briefly find out about the NYJO ambassadors with insight into their routes and experiences into the music industry so far. Definitely a lot covered in one day!

    Thank you to all the musicians involved - a very encouraging ensemble sound with plenty of improvising opportunity too. Hope everyone involved enjoyed the experience.

    • 22.03.2022
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    Music For Youth

    We are delighted to be able to finalise the timetable below for Gloucestershire’s Music for Youth event on Sunday 6th March @ Stroud Sub Rooms. It promises to be a fantastic day of music-making, formed of 2 concerts with feedback from Music for Youth’s Music Mentors at the end of each concert.


    Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band

    Brookfield Music Centre Orchestra

    Gloucestershire Boy’s Choir

    Gloucestershire Youth Choir

    Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra

    Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Academy

    Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra Combo

    Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra

    Gloucestershire Intermediate String Ensemble

    Forest Of Dean Area Wind Band

    Lakeside Concert Band

    Five Valleys Adult Wind Band


    Audience tickets: £5 (under 16s FREE)

    These can be bought at https://thesubrooms.co.uk/whats-on/music-for-youth-451


    Please note that parking for the Sub Rooms is in town centre car parks (these are free on Sundays except Five Valleys). You will need to arrive in your concert dress (smart, all black unless your group leader tells you otherwise!) Your group leader will confirm what you need to bring but please bring yourself, some snacks and your instrument(s) if applicable. For parents, the Sub Rooms is close to many town centre shops / cafés and there is a café in the Sub Rooms.


    Looking forward to a wonderful day of music-making!


    • 21.02.2022
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    Trinity Certificate for Music Educators

    Do you teach music to children? Would you like to deepen your musicianship skills? Could developing your understanding of teaching techniques and educational theories help to enhance your existing skills? … then this course is for you!
    Gloucestershire Music is delighted to have been accredited by Trinity College London to become a registered centre to run the Level 4 qualification ‘Certificate for Music Educators’ (CME).
    Closing date for 2022/23 applications is 3rd December 2021!
    For further information and to enrol, please click on the link below:
    • 10.11.2021
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    BMC Summer Music Fest

    We are thrilled to announce BMC’s ‘Big Music Celebration’. We would love our members to send in recordings of them playing their favourite music to form part of our summer festival with the chance to gain feedback and win awards. The festival weekend will then run on 22nd & 23rd August on Facebook and YouTube. Please check your emails for details and get in touch if you have any questions.

    Happy recording!

    • 07.08.2020
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    Gloucestershire Music hits the right note with new patron

    A wonderful, new collaborative relationship with one of this country's most eminent conductors, Martyn Brabbins. 

    • 06.08.2020
    • 19.11.2018
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    • 14.11.2018
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    World Premiere for Cheltenham Remembers Concert

    Join us on Thursday 25th October for our musical remembrance and commemoration of 100 years since the end of WWI. 
    Download your programme for the concert here

    • 17.09.2018
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    GM OPEN WEEK. Monday 1st - Saturday 6th October 2018.

    Love music?
    Play an instrument or want to learn?
    Gloucestershire Music is opening their doors to you.

    • 15.09.2018
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    Join one of our many ensembles this week as we start back to a new year of events, music tours, festivals and workshops.

    • 10.09.2018
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    100 VOICES - on the hunt for the best young singers.

    So you sing?  You want to represent your county? You want to work with the best in the music business?

    • 24.08.2018
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    Get involved in Gloucestershire’s largest and award winning music education service.

    The summer holidays are drawing to a close and over 500 musicians will soon be returning to Gloucestershire Music for another year of exciting events, festivals and concerts. With no less than 15 groups on offer there is something for everyone

    • 20.08.2018
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    Pupils enjoy end of term whole class concerts

    As the term draws to a close we catch up with some of our tutors and their amazing pupils in their end of term concerts.

    • 16.07.2018
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    CALLING YOUNG MUSICIANS - Represent your county in music

    Gloucestershire’s county music groups are now recruiting new instrumentalists and singers for their new season of events, festivals and concerts.

    • 11.07.2018
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    Ever wanted to learn a musical instrument? Now’s your chance.

    Gloucestershire Music, the county’s music service, is opening its doors in August for anyone wanting to learn a musical instrument.

    • 11.07.2018
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    Harp recitals captivate Cheltenham primary students

    During the last week of May over 500 children from schools in Cheltenham were treated to some truly inspiring recitals by harpist Natasha Gale.

    • 05.06.2018

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