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.

Five Valley's Music Centre (FVMC)

A great place to learn and develop as a musician, for all ages, Five Valleys Music Centre (FVMC) offers many opportunities to children and adults who play musical instruments and/or sing. The Centre has orchestras, choirs, wind bands, string groups, a jazz band and much more! Our staff will encourage every member to experience the exciting feeling of playing in large ensembles as an extension to lessons and the musical activities in schools.


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.

Session Timetable from September 2019

09:30 – 10:15
Jazz Band


10:15 – 11:15
Principal Orchestra
Training Orchestra
FAME for Wind and Strings


11:15 – 11:30



11:30 – 12:30
String Ensemble
Wind Band

Foundation Orchestra for beginning Strings, Brass and Woodwind players.

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

Foundation Orchestra is our introductory level group.  They are a lively and inclusive group who are developing their musical and note reading skills in preparation for progression into the other centre ensembles.  Foundation Orchestra may perform pieces that they have been working on as part of the FVMC concerts. 

Foundation Orchestra welcome anyone who has been involved in a Wider Opportunities, First Access or Whole Class Music scheme 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.

Foundation Orchestra Runs from 10.15 - 11.15am.


Training Ensembles - Grades 1-3

The next level within the centre after Foundation Orchestra is our Training section. Members at this level learn in an Orchestra suited to their abilities, as well as combining with the centre's principal members when separated into Strings and Wind Ensembles. At this level, members can also choose to develop their theory knowledge or join the centre youth choir.


Principal Ensembles - Grades 4+

Principal members of the centre combine with the training members to form our centre wind band and string ensembles. The principal members alone then form our flagship group, the Principal Orchestra. 

Running alongside these main groups, principal members also have options of a Jazz Band, Centre Choir and Theory.  

 Five Double Basses and one missing!




We hold centre concerts throughout the year to showcase all members and ensembles. These opportunities include both informal performances within the centre and more formal events held externally. Some are separate youth and adult performances, others are combined events.

Our next performance will be in June 2020.

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



Our team from September 2019

Paul Kenward, Director and Woodwind

Richard Fitton-Perkins, Strings

Zoe Hynes, Vocal

Thomas Carr, Brass

Jenny Steele - Adult Windband


For details of costs and how to join click here


Five Valley's is held at

Archway School, Paganhill, Stroud. GL5 4AX

Tel: 01452 427242
Email: glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk

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