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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Tuba, Euphonium, Eb Horn

When to start:

All these instruments are part of the Tuba family. The Euphonium and Eb Horn are the smaller brass band versions and can be managed from school year 6. The Tuba is best left until secondary school because of its sheer size and weight. However, once you are large enough transferring is not a problem.



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


From about £400 for a new student euphonium with case. Second-hand instruments are available. The Tuba costs from £750 but it's worth paying more for a good quality instrument.


Virtually none - just valve lubricating oil.



Not too difficult to play. Plenty of opportunity to play in wind and brass bands from fairly early on. The Tuba is also a required instrument in the symphony orchestra for larger works.


Euphonium - none. Tuba - It's very large and expensive! (but you will never be short of groups to play with).

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

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