Music Services

Hire an Instrument

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

Available instruments

Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar 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.



  • All our instruments are well maintained and ready to play
  • Just £30 for an initial 3 month trial
  • Easy online application and payment
  • 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

Hire your instrument now through our online form:

Hire an Instrument
Return an Instrument

How much does it cost?

All instruments are available for a three month trial at a cost of just £30. If you choose to carry on with the lease we offer various payment options for the rest of the year.

Annual Instrument Lease Costs

Violin / Viola / Guitar


Annual Charge

    Oboe / Tenor Sax /  Baritone Euphonium


    Annual Charge

      Flute / Clarinet / Cornet/ Flugel Horn / Trumpet


      Annual Charge

        Double Bass / Bassoon / Tuba / Bass Clarinet


        Annual Charge

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


          Annual Charge

            Remission of Fees (FOR ALL CHILDREN ENTITLED TO fsm)


            Annual Charge

              Accessible and Adapted Instruments

              If you need an accessible or adapted instrument, and this is not available to hire through the Music Services, adapted instruments and enabling apparatus are available to hire through the OHMI Trust for an annual fee. This enables those with a physical impairment to make music without the heightened expense of buying an adapted instrument.