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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 clarinet lessons through some schools (visit our services page for more information or contact your school).

When to start:

School years 5 - 6 Very much depends on arm length and hand size.



We charge £26.90 per term plus VAT where applicable. Find out more about hiring from us.


From about £300 for a new 'student' quality outfit (clarinet & case). Advanced students should be prepared to spend more. Secondhand instruments are readily available but don't buy second-hand without seeking your teacher's advice.

NOTE: Orchestras require you to have two instruments - in Bb and A. (GM orchestras will loan you an A clarinet free of charge but long term you will need to buy).


Reeds need replacing often - about £2. Otherwise very little - apart from occasional adjustments and pad replacement.



Not too difficult to play - particularly in the early stages. Wide range of music written for the instrument. Opportunities to play in wind bands and orchestras.


Most orchestras only have two or three clarinet places so there is intense competition. Limited opportunities to play in jazz or folk groups (for this reason many clarinetists 'double' on the saxophone).

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

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