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.


If you are a self employed teacher or school looking for support with regards to planning for the forthcoming academic year then please click here.

COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help

We understand at these difficult times that some families will be finding payment of these invoices challenging, especially where you might have significantly reduced incomes. We do not want to let money be a barrier to your child continuing to learn on the instrument they have chosen and we have made funding available to support this. Please click here to complete the COVID-19 Instrument Hire Help form and email to mark.medland@gloucestershire.gov.uk

NYCGB Young Composers Scheme

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB), have announced a brand new Young Composer Scheme, supported by Digital Partner NMC Recordings.


The scheme aims to draw applications from talented young composers and songwriters aged 18-25 working in the widest range of traditions, styles and media. There is no requirement to hold a Music GCSE or A-Level. Candidates must submit a portfolio demonstrating their skill at writing for ensemble voices, and their desire to create imaginative new music for ensemble voices as part of the scheme.
The four composers selected for the 2018-19 edition of the scheme following shortlisting and workshop interviews will receive a fully-funded programme of residencies, retreats, professional mentoring and guidance. Most residencies will be on National Youth Choir courses, giving the composers unrivalled opportunities to develop their music in partnership with their peers.
Mentoring will be led by NYCGB Artistic Director Ben Parry with support from Anna Meredith, whose major new work ‘Five Telegrams’ received its premiere at the first night of the BBC Proms 2018, performed by the National Youth Choir, the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo

Applications for the scheme are open now. Candidates must complete and submit an application form and portfolio items by Monday 17 September 2018. For further information and to apply, click here

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