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.


Covid-19 - News

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

Click on the link to explore all the ways that you can keep playing and making music until we can all get together again!

Keep safe everyone from the Gloucestershire Music Team

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Lessons you can take:

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

When to start:

From school year 5. Arm length will determine. As with all brass instruments it's preferable to have your second teeth. The Brass Teacher for your school will advise.



Gloucestershire Music hire charge £26.90 per term. Find out more about hiring from us.


From about £350 for a new student instrument with case. Second-hand instruments are available - but beware, the condition of the slide is crucial so get your teacher's advice before buying a used instrument.


Virtually none - slide lubricating oil.



Lots of opportunities for playing in bands, Jazz groups and orchestras.


By no means easy to play well.

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


GM 'Get Playing' Video Series

How to assemble your instrument

Making your first sound

First three notes

How do we breathe?

First five notes

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