Violin Hire

Instrument Size Guide

Violins are available in a range of sizes to suit children of different ages and height. Listed below are the recommended sizes of violin 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.

Ideally a player will be able to comfortably hold the end of the violin with the left hand whilst 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+

We hope you enjoy your newly hired instrument. Please take the time to read this document in order to keep the instrument in its best condition.

We recommend that you wipe down the strings of your violin/viola after each use to extend their life. Sweat from playing causes strings to corrode and rust which eventually results in a dull tone. Any excess rosin should be wiped from the body of the instrument. The bow should be loosened after use in order to keep it in good condition. Always put your violin/viola back in its case after playing to avoid accidental damage.

Caring for your Instrument

We recommend that you wipe down the strings of your violin after each use to extend their life. Sweat from playing causes strings to corrode and rust which eventually results in a dull tone. Any excess rosin should be wiped from the body of the instrument. The bow should be loosened after use in order to keep it in good condition. Always put your violin back in its case after playing to avoid accidental damage.

Playing your instrument with others

For information about the different groups we run please click on a title below

After School Activities - County
After School Activities - City
LSMS Bands, Orchestras and Ensembles (Saturdays and Weekday Evenings)

Periodic Maintenance

Violin strings inevitably break and need replacing. (Please note that replacing strings is the responsibility of the hirer). Some shops will sell individual strings however many will only sell full sets. Please ensure you buy the correct length strings for your size violin/viola. Your tutor should be able to show you how to replace strings, however many tutorials can also be found online.

Never use commercial cleaning products or polishes to clean your violin/viola as they can damage the finish. A damp cloth is all that is needed.

Instrument Hire Terms & Conditions

Please click HERE to access our Instrument Hire Terms & Conditions to find out about

  • Hire Conditions
  • Returning your Instrument
  • Insurance
  • Damage & Repairs

Please ensure that returned instruments are clean including any stickers that have been added to the fingerboard/neck and that all accessories that came with the instrument are present to avoid any charges. If any accessories are missing we encourage you to purchase these yourself before returning the instrument.

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
  • The Mighty Creatives
    MEHEM
    Leicester Cathedral
    Leicester International Music Festival
    ArtsMark

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