Centre Opening Times

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 await the further lifting of Government restrictions due to Covid-19 why not check out our Resources and Links page for educational, fun and inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going!

Return to face-to-face rehearsals!

We are delighted to be fully restarting our rehearsals in September, click here to sign up!

Return to Gloucestershire Music Rehearsals!

Return to Gloucestershire Music Rehearsals!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be returning to face-to-face ensembles for our youth members from 7th June. Due to social distancing restrictions, anybody who wishes to come to our rehearsals MUST contact our administration team at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk


We hope to run all of our ensembles in their usual venues in as much of a normal way as possible from September. However, for our rehearsals in June and July, there will be some temporary changes due to COVID restrictions:

  • All of our rehearsals have to take place in Colwell Arts Centre, Derby Road, Gloucester, GL1 4AD.
  • Rehearsals will happen in bubbles of 15 students
  • Rehearsals will last for around an hour
  • If you have been a member of our online sessions this term there will be no additional charge
  • If you are a new member or are returning after time off due to COVID, you will only have to pay £15 for the half term


Rehearsals will be organised into the following groups:

·         Music Centre – Saturdays – for any instruments of any standard

·         Junior Jazz – Wednesdays – for any jazz instruments

·         Senior Jazz – Wednesdays – for our more senior jazz musicians, generally above grade 6 standard

·         Strings – Thursdays – for any bowed string players above grade 4

·         Wind Orchestra – Thursdays – for any wind, brass or percussion players above grade 5 standard

·         Youth Orchestra – Fridays – for any orchestral instruments above grade 7 standard


Our students’ safety is our utmost priority and we have thorough risk assessments which have been signed off by Gloucestershire County Council’s Safety, Health & Environment Unit. Colwell Arts Centre is a COVID-secure venue and examples of the safety procedures we have in place include strict social distancing, extensive ventilation, extensive cleaning, one-way systems, use of Perspex screens etc. Full details of rehearsals and safety measures will be sent to all students who have signed up when we have organised students into bubbles of 15.


We can’t wait to get back to face-to-face rehearsals but we realise that some pupils may have preferred our online sessions for various access reasons. If this applies to you or your child and you wish to only access our ensembles online, please let us know by emailing glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk



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