CENTRE OPENING TIMES

We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 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.

 

Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going! Click here for more information.

 

NEW ONLINE ENSEMBLE SESSIONS

Please note that all face-to-face rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government’s direction on COVID-19. However, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online ensemble sessions, open to anyone in Gloucestershire. Please click here for more details.

French Horn

Lessons you can take:

We offer French horn lessons through our small group/individual tuition scheme (school dependant).


When to start:

School year 6 or 7. Most horn players start on something else, usually the trumpet, cornet or euphonium. The Brass Teacher for your school will advise, as with all brass instruments it's preferable to have your second teeth.


Costs:

Hire:

Gloucestershire Music hire charge £26.90 per term, plus VAT where applicable. Find out more about hiring from us.

Buy:

From about £1000 for a new student instrument with case (full size) and £350 (mini). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Don't economise - the Horn is hard enough to play without having to battle with the deficiencies of a cheap instrument. This is one instrument where you definitely need advice from your teacher before you buy!

Other:

Virtually none - just valve lubricating oil.


Pros/cons:

Pros:

The horn has a wonderful repertoire and stunning solos in the orchestra. You will be in demand!

Cons:

No opportunities for Jazz or Folk.

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

 

GM 'Get Playing' Video Series:

How to hold the French horn

Making your first sound

First five notes

 

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