Hire an instrument

Cumbria Music Service offers a cost effective Instrument Hire Scheme which is available to every school-aged student studying in Cumbria.

Available instruments

Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass

From September 2021 – Harps can be hired as part of a teaching package through Cumbria Music Service

Woodwind: flute, clarinet, oboe, soprano, alto & tenor saxophone, oboe, bassoon, bass clarinet

Brass: cornet, flugel horn, trumpet, French horn, tenor horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium and tuba.


Instruments are available for a three month trial at a cost of £30 or £12 if eligible for remission  for those in receipt of Free School Meals. If you wish to carry on with the lease we offer various payment options for the remainder of the year.

Annual Hire Charges

Annual charge


Flute/Clarinet/Cornet/Flugel Horn/Trumpet

Cello/Alto & Sop Sax/Tenor Horn/French Horn/Trombone

Oboe/Tenor Sax/Baritone Euphonium

Double Bass/ Bassoon/Tuba/ Bass Clarinet

Reduced Fees for those in receipt of Free School Meals to cover any instrument £36 per year

Endangered Instrument provision through Cumbria Music Service - Bassoon, Cello & Oboe £36 per year


  • All our instruments are well maintained and ready to play
  • Just £30 for an initial 3 month trial
  • Instruments are conveniently delivered direct to your school
  • Get started without the upfront investment of buying your own instrument
  • Options to spread the cost throughout the year
  • We want every child to enjoy music and offer reduced lease fees for children receiving Free School Meals (check our Instrument Lease Fee Remission Guidance to see if you are eligible)


Jayne Bowman  01900 706089


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