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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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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