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

It’s time to update your singing strategy!

As the academic year is coming to a close, there will be lots of hard work going on preparing for end of year concerts and shows.  It has been a pleasure to witness this yearhow so many schools around Gloucestershire are encouraging singing amongst their pupils in so many exciting and engaging ways.  Whether this is demonstrated publically in performances by the ‘choir’ or whether it is a daily celebration which involves whole key stages you can be assured that singing will be doing your pupils and your school community the world of good by encouraging them to use their voices!

Did you know that every school should have a ‘Singing Strategy’ in place?  This might be part of your School Music Education Plan or it might be a separate, more focused live document that helps with the planning and ambitions of how your school wishes to embed the inclusive act of singing for the benefit of all your pupils.

If you have a singing strategy already then this is a great time to review your progress over the past year and celebrate your achievements.  It is also a great time to set new aims and plan for events that you might want engage with in 2020 – 2021.

If you do not have a singing strategy then do not panic!  This document should not be seen as yet another chore to have to add to your list of reporting, assessing, reviewing documents but more of a short plan to help you set out your overall ethos and vision for singing in your school and a helpful way to plan for the work you will be doing from September.  It should also help you to celebrate the achievements of this academic year so that you can share this with your teachers, senior leadership team/headteacher, governors and maybe even your pupils’ parents.

Our Singing Strategy Advice is a handy guide to help you create your own singing strategy.

If you need any further assistance then please contact me, lisa.mayo@gloucestershire.gov.uk and I will be more than happy to help.

Have a great Summer everyone!


Head of Gloucestershire Music

Singing Champion for Make Music Gloucestershire


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