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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.

Covid-19 - News

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

Click on the link to explore all the ways that you can keep playing and making music until we can all get together again!

Keep safe everyone from the Gloucestershire Music Team

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Violin

When to start:

As early as possible. Age 6 or 7 recommended.


Costs:

Hire:

We charge £13.70 per term. (Instruments are available in several sizes so we recommend that you hire until a full-size instrument is required). Find out more about hiring from us.

Buy:

From about £70 for a new student outfit (violin, case and bow). Advanced students should be prepared to spend considerably more. Second-hand instruments are plentiful - and old instruments are usually preferable to new, but prices can vary between forty pounds and several thousand pounds depending on quality. Buying second-hand can be a minefield, so always seek your teacher's advice before you buy.
Other: Strings will need replacement - cost between £1 - £5. Bows are easily broken - cost about £20.


Pros/Cons:

Pros:

Violins make up 60% of the players in a symphony orchestra - so you will never be short of opportunities to play. Jazz and Folk groups often use violins. Second only to the piano for range of music written for the instrument. Because you have total command of the sound it's very rewarding when mastered.

Cons:

Difficult to play - particularly in the early stages.
Find out more about the violin from the BBC’s guide to the orchestra.

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