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.


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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