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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Please note that all rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government's direction on COVID-19.

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When to start:

Usually secondary school - many sax players also play the clarinet.




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


Alto saxophones from about £600. Tenor and Baritone saxophones are considerably more expensive. It's better to avoid the cheaper end of the market. Secondhand instruments are easily available but rather variable in quality so always seek the teacher's advice before buying. Other: Reeds need replacing often - about £2. Otherwise very little - apart from occasional adjustments and pad replacement.



Fairly easy to learn, and a must if you want to play jazz.


There are too many people playing the alto saxophone, which means that getting into a band is virtually impossible. You might consider instead Tenor or Baritone sax, fewer people play these.

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