Hire an Instrument / Instrument Hire

Need to Hire an Instrument? Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, you will need an instrument whether to play regularly or to use whilst yours is repaired etc.

Please complete the Instrument Hire / Loan Request Form below and we will contact you to advise on availability and what happens next.

NB. Instrument Hire is only available to students who either live in, or attend a school/college located in Leicester or Leicestershire.

If you need an instrument for a short period of time, or are an organisation wanting to use a number of instruments for a project or performance, please contact us to let us know what you need - we may be able to help! lsms@leics.gov.uk

Instrument Hire Prices

Band 1
£30 per Year, £10 per Term

Guitar, Viola, Violin
Clarinet, Flute,
Cornet, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet
Percussion Pack

Band 2
£60 per Year, £20 per Term

Cello, Double Bass
Oboe, Alto Saxophone
Baritone Horn, Euphonium, Tuba
Tabla

Band 3
£90 per Year, £30 per Term

Bassoon
Harp

Short term Hire* will be charged at the termly rates of £10 band 1, £20, band 2 and £30 band 3 instruments. (Short term hire is classed as the hire of an instrument for no longer than 10 weeks.)

Half Price Instrument Hire rates will be available to those pupils paying area music centre subscription fees.

FREE Instrument Hire rates will be available to pupils meeting the remissions criteria and to those pupils receiving a LMCT bursary.

All instrument hire subject to availability.

If you are thinking about buying an instrument, why not look at our Instrument Purchase Schemes page which could help you spread interest free payments or potentially avoid paying VAT, depending on your circumstances.

If you would like to pay your Instrument Hire invoice online, please click here.
N.B. - Ensemble subscription invoices cannot be paid using this link.


Several instruments are available in a range of sizes to suit children of different ages and height. Listed below are the recommended sizes of instruments for various age groups and heights. These are rough estimates and based on typical sizes for heights for ages. If you have any doubts in sizing please speak with your child's tutor.

We also hire smaller models of Bassoons, French Horns and several other instruments. As these are often in different keys, or are more simplified versions of larger instruments, it is always worthwhile checking with a tutor first.

Violin

Ideally a player will be able to comfortably hold the scrolled end of the violin in their left hand with their left arm fairly straight while the instrument is in a playing position.

¼ size Ages 6-7
½ size Ages 7-9
¾ size Age 10
Full size Ages 11+

Viola

12″ Viola Ages 6-7
13″ Viola Ages 7-9
14″ Viola Ages 9-12
15″ Viola Ages 10-12
16″ Viola Ages 12+

Cello

¼ size 3'6″ – 4′ Tall
½ size 4′ – 4'6″ Tall
¾ size 4'6″ – 5′ Tall
Full size 5'+

Double Bass

¼ size Ages 7-9 Years
½ size Ages 9-13 Years
¾ size Ages 13+

Classical Guitar

½ size Ages 5-6
¾ size Ages 7-12+

Flute

Curved Head Flute - up to 9 years old
Standard Flute - 10+

Instrument Hire / Loan Request Form

* Required Field

Please use this box to let us know when you would like to begin your instrument hire, or if you are wanting to swap an instrument due to damage / requiring a larger size instrument, or if you are interested in hiring an instrument not listed here.

If in more than one group, please select one only.

Upon arranging and collecting your hired instrument, you will be asked to complete a Hire Agreement form and be given a copy of our Instrument Hire Terms and Conditions.


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  • Viva
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  • Soft Touch Arts
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    Orchestras Live
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  • SoundLincs
    Transformance Music
    Spark Childrens Festival
    Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
    National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
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    Leicester Cathedral
    Leicester International Music Festival
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Partners

  • Arts
  • 70th Logo
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain