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.



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.

Trumpet and Cornet

When to start:

School year 5 or 6. The Brass Teacher for your school will advise, as with all brass instruments it's preferable to have your second teeth. (Trumpets and Cornets are the same to play, the cornet is used in brass bands and the trumpets in Jazz groups and orchestras).



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


From about £200 for a student instrument with case. Second-hand instruments are easily available from about £100, but check carefully for wear and damage. Seek the teacher's advice before buying.


Virtually none - just valve lubricating oil.



A popular instrument and fairly easy to play in the early stages,. Opportunities to play in orchestras and jazz groups.


Becomes harder later on. Orchestral places are limited.

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

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