Centre Partially Re-Opened

Colwell Arts Centre has now partially re-opened for new instrument hires, and existing hirers to return or exchange instruments. We are operating an appointment-based system so please contact glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk with any enquiries or to book your appointment.


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Lessons you can take:

We offer cello lessons through some of our music centres such as Five Valleys Music Centre in Stroud.

When to start:

As early as possible. Age 6 or 7 recommended.



We charge £26.90 per term, plus VAT where applicable (instruments are available in several sizes so we recommend that you hire until a full-size instrument is required). Find out more about hiring from us.


From about £325 for a new student outfit. (cello, case & bow). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Second-hand instruments can be hard to find, and buying second-hand can be a minefield. Old instruments are usually preferable to new. Prices can vary between £300 and several thousand pounds depending on quality, so never buy second-hand without seeking your teacher's advice.


Strings will need replacement - cost between £4 - £10.



You will never be short of opportunities to play. Because you have total command of the sound it's very rewarding when mastered. Huge amount of music for the cello.


Difficult to play - particularly in the early stages. No opportunities to play Jazz or Folk music.

Find out more about the cello from the BBC’s guide to the orchestra.

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