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.

Brookfield Music Centre (BMC)

Brookfield is a Music Centre that will inspire and become life-changing for many of our students.  It has the power to unlock creativity, to challenge and bring out the very best in our students.  Staff will encourage and support every BMC member through their journey of musical achievement.

We are happy for parents to bring their child/children along for two free trial sessions before joining.  There is no need to make an appointment, just arrive at the start of the morning and enquire at the registration desk.  Parents are welcome to stay and observe, and all new students are assigned a senior member student to help them.  Please check first that the Centre is open by checking the GM calendar.

Saturdays from 9.30am - 12.30pm

09:30 - 10:30
Training Orchestra
Principal Orchestra
Guitar Ensemble

10:30 - 11:15

Jazz Band
Recorder Group
Chamber Strings


11:15 - break


11:30 - 12:30

Training Wind Band 
Principal Wind Band
Principal Strings
F.A.M.E. Academy (wind, brass & strings)


10:45 - 11:30

Adult Wind Band

11:45 - 12:30

Adult Wind Band


Rehearsals are during term time only.  Please check the full rehearsal schedule on the GM calendar.


FAME Academy  (First Access Music Ensemble)
 Strings, Brass, Recorders and Woodwind

FREE ensemble lessons for students in their first year of learning.

FAME Academy is our introductory level group, catering for strings, brass and woodwind. FAME Academy often perform a number of the pieces that they have been working on during BMC concerts. 

FAME Academy welcome anyone who has been involved in a Wider Opportunities, First Access or Whole Class Music schemes through their schools as well as individuals who have been learning at home.  It doesn't matter if you only know 5 notes on your instrument or if you can't read music as the staff at FAME Academy can teach you all you need to know. 


The band rehearses weekly and is suitable for young musicians who have achieved their Gold Skills Award (see our resources page) and above in woodwind, brass and percussion. A great starting point for FAME graduates


Catering for players of grades 3+ woodwind, brass and percussion



Explore a range of repertoire in readiness for Principal groups, and a great grounding for those who have completed F.A.M.E. and wish to progress to full membership of BMC.  



A chance for string, woodwind, brass and percussion players to augment their musical repertoire.  Perfect for those who have completed F.A.M.E. and are currently pre-grade 1 - grade 3 (approx).



Enjoys a wide-ranging repertoire such as Folk Music, Choral Works, Gospel and World Music.    



Catering for violins, violas, cellos and double bass players of grade 3+ standard. Woodwind and brass players from approximately grade 4. A wide-ranging repertoire including classical scores, film music, choral works and student-selected scores.



Our Gold Award winning band  provides an excellent grounding in varied jazz styles and techniques including extensive improvisation.  


A chance for our percussionists to explore all genres of ensemble playing.


Provision for increasing ensemble playing experience, and great experience for those who also choose to play in county ensembles such as GISE and/or GYO.


Our newest group catering for all guitarists. A great opportunity to work on technique, chords and lots of cool repertoire!




Listen to some of our recordings on SoundCloud:

Brookfield Orchestra

Brookfield Wind band

Brookfield Jazz Band


For details of costs and how to join click here


Brookfield is held at:

Sir Thomas Rich's School, Oakleaze, Gloucester. GL2 0LF. 

Find us here

Contact: Beccy Busuttil
Email:  beccy.busuttil@gloucestershire.gov.uk
Tel:         01452 427242
Alternatively at Gloucestershire Music
Email:     glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk



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