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.


Covid-19 - News

Please note that all rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government's direction on COVID-19.

Click on the link to explore all the ways that you can keep playing and making music until we can all get together again!

Keep safe everyone from the Gloucestershire Music Team

New Resources and Links!



Your free F.A.M.E music sessions are here.....

Any child who has just started playing an instrument now has the perfect opportunity to hone their skills with GM’s expert tutors.

Gloucestershire Music is able to offer additional support through their F.A.M.E. Academies in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean – and they are FREE.

Nick Steel (Music Service School's Manager) said:  "Joining one of our F.A.M.E. Academies is a great way to improve musicianship and hone young musician's skills. Playing in a group or small ensemble is an essential part of developing any young musician's ability."

F.A.M.E. sessions last for 45 - 60 minutes and are designed to improve ensemble skills through rhythm games, singing and practical music making.

F.A.M.E. can compliment lessons that your child may be receiving at school or at home and provides a gentle introduction to your local music centre.

If you have just started playing an instrument, then join us and become a F.A.M.E. musician.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire is helping us promote our F.A.M.E. sessions and our adult Learn As You Play Programmes. 

Visit our LAYP page for more info


Five Valleys Music Centre 
(Stroud and District)

Saturday mornings
Archway School
F.A.M.E meets at 10:15 - 11:15
Full centre times 09:30 - 12:3
More details here

Brookfield Music Centre 
(Gloucester & Cheltenham) 

Saturday Mornings
Sir Thomas Rich’s School 
F.A.M.E meets at 11:30 - 12:30
Full centre times 09:30 - 12:30


Forest of Dean Area Wind Band
(Forest of Dean) 

Saturday Mornings
Forest High School 
F.A.M.E meets at 10:00 - 11:00
Full centre times 10:00 - 12:00

If you wish to join F.A.M.E. you may contact us directly at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Membership form
Please follow this link to download the form, complete and return to us.  You may attend a few sessions first to see if your young musicians enjoys being a F.A.M.E. musician.

We hope you will make the most of this opportunity and look forward to seeing you at a music centre soon. 

Visit our 'Advice for Beginners' page here for details of resources and advice. 

Extra free printed resources can be found here including some easy Christmas Carols

YouTube YouTube is a great resource for finding tips and advice.  GM has created their own series of YouTube videos called GET PLAYING. Click here to find out more. Once on YouTube click on the play list you require, either woodwind, percussion, strings or brass.



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