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.

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.

9.15                                         doors open for registration

9.30 - 10.30                              FIRST SESSION to include:

                                                Principal Wind, Training Wind, String Orchestra

10.30 - 11.15                            SECOND SESSION to include:

                                                Choir, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Recorder Ensemble, Foundation Orchestra

11.15 - 11.30                            BREAK

11.30 - 12.30                            THIRD SESSION to include:

                                                Principle Orchestra, Training Orchestra,         Brookfield Adult Wind Band


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


FOUNDATION ORCHESTRA (for any instrument)

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

Brookfield’s Foundation Orchestra is our introductory level group, catering for all instruments. We 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 Foundation Orchestra 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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