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.

Foundation Orchestra


Your free Foundation Orchestra 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 Foundation Orchestras in Gloucester, Stroud and the Forest of Dean – and they are FREE.

Nick Steel (Music Service School's Manager) said:  "Joining one of our Foundation Orchestras 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."

Foundation Orchestra sessions last for 45 - 60 minutes and are designed to improve ensemble skills through rhythm games, singing and practical music making.

Foundation Orchestra 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 Foundation Orchestra musician.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire is helping us promote our Foundation Orchestra 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
Foundation Orchestra 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 
Foundation Orchestra 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 
Foundation Orchestra meets at 10:00 - 11:00
Full centre times 10:00 - 12:00

If you wish to join as Foundation Orchestra you may contact us directly at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Membership form
Please email glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk.  You may attend a few sessions first to see if your young musicians enjoys being a Foundation Orchestra 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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