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Centre Closure

Please note that Colwell Arts Centre is currently closed. We will of course let you know when we are able to re-open. Any queries please email: glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk and we will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as quickly as is possible during this challenging time.

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Please note that all rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government's direction on COVID-19.

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Lessons you can take:

We offer bassoon lessons through some of our music centres such as Brookfield Music Centre and Five Valleys Music Centre.

When to start:

Because of its size and weight, secondary school age. (Mini bassoons are available to hire from Gloucestershire Music).



Gloucestershire Music hire charge is £26.90 per term (plus VAT where applicable). Find out more about hiring from us.


From about £2,500. Second-hand instruments are available from about £1,000, but take expert advice. Other: Reeds need replacing quite often - about £7. Otherwise very little - apart from occasional adjustments and pad replacement.



Not too difficult to play. It's an excellent instrument for late starters. Bassoonists are in very short supply and you will be very much in demand in wind bands and orchestras.


None - except for the cost.

Find out more about the bassoon from the BBC’s guide to the orchestra

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