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)

Patron and Supporters

Martyn Brabbins - Gloucestershire Music's Patron 2020

Gloucestershire Music is thrilled to announce its new patron – renowned international conductor Martyn Brabbins.

Martyn is Music Director of English National Opera, Artistic Advisor for Huddersfield Choral Society and a visiting Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music, as well as a popular figure at the BBC Proms and with most of the leading British orchestras.

The appointment of Martyn, who is a resident of the county, is a coup for Gloucestershire Music and he will be involved in some virtual sessions over the next few months.

Martyn said: “I believe passionately that the opportunity to make music, to participate in the extraordinary magic that music creates, has to be available to all young people. Music and music making enrich the lives of us all and Gloucestershire Music shares this belief, and works tirelessly to bring musical opportunities to all residents of this supremely musical county.

“No coincidence that Holst, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Gurney and other great composers hail from the county and that two of the country’s finest music festivals are based here - Cheltenham and The Three Choirs - both at the heart of this nation’s musical life.”

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Martyn Brabbins has agreed to act as Gloucestershire Music’s patron. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity for such collaboration; Martyn will be an inspiration for all musicians in Gloucestershire to follow their musical pathways to the highest level.”

Lisa Mayo, Head of Gloucestershire Music, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Martyn Brabbins as our patron. To have the support of this musician who has become so renowned and celebrated for his incredible musical talents can only serve to inspire our current and future generations and indeed our staff and adult members.”

Picture credit: Benjamin Ealovega


Sponsor a Gig!

GM organises a broad range of festivals, workshops, master classes and concerts each year.  We want to involve our community as much as possible and welcome support form individuals, companies and charities who wish to support music making for our musicians.

If you think you, or someone you know, could help support one of our events for 2020/21 then please get in touch by calling us on 01452 427242 or email glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

We are very grateful to the following that have supported us at recent events:

Thank you…….

Brimpsfield Music Society (www.brimpsfieldmusicsociety.co.uk) for supporting our Jazz Concert in February.

Thank you…….

Olympic Cars Peugeot, Friends of GYO (www.friendsofgyo.org.uk) KB Coaches (www.kbcoaches.co.uk) and Executive Energy (www.executiveenergy.co.uk) for their sponsorship of our GM Presents Concert in June 2018 at the Stroud Subscription Rooms.

Thank you…….

Besson Musical Instruments (www.besson.com) and Ev-entz Percussion Hire and Instrument sales (www.ev-entz.com) for their support of our Band Night with the brilliant cornet soloist Tom Hutchinson.

Supporters – what they are saying about GM

"What a thriving organisation Gloucestershire Music is! Working with hundreds of young people from the county on various projects, including two Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, has been a real thrill for me, especially to see the truly memorable and defining opportunities which the county is offering. With my own two young children now attending local and county groups I know that they too will benefit from the vibrancy and dynamism of Gloucestershire Music."
Philip Harper – Composer and Conductor of the Cory Brass Band and Gloucestershire Resident.

“Supporting Youth Music in Gloucestershire - the county of so many fine English composers, and of the brilliant Cheltenham Music Festival - is a privilege and a delight for me.  Young people can learn so much from making music, collaborating with their friends and peers in a creative and constructive human way.  And experiencing music in this way will bring life-long personal satisfaction”
Martyn Brabbins (International Conductor and Resident of Gloucestershire)

"Gloucestershire Music is the standard of excellence, which highlights the talent, diversity, and dedication of our young musicians and singers of our county.  They are without doubt a really brilliant group of youngsters and are so ably supported by dedicated adults and schools."
Councillor Paul McMahon


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