Centre Opening Times

Colwell Arts Centre is now open 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.


When to start:

As early as possible. Age 6 or 7 recommended.



We charge £13.70 per term. (Instruments are available in several sizes so we recommend that you hire until a full-size instrument is required). Find out more about hiring from us.


From about £70 for a new student outfit (violin, case and bow). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Second-hand instruments are plentiful - and old instruments are usually preferable to new, but prices can vary between forty pounds and several thousand pounds depending on quality. Buying second-hand can be a minefield, so always seek your teacher's advice before you buy.
Other: Strings will need replacement - cost between £1 - £5. Bows are easily broken - cost about £20.



Violins make up 60% of the players in a symphony orchestra - so you will never be short of opportunities to play. Jazz and Folk groups often use violins. Second only to the piano for range of music written for the instrument. Because you have total command of the sound it's very rewarding when mastered.


Difficult to play - particularly in the early stages.
Find out more about the violin from the BBC’s guide to the orchestra.

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