Instrument Hire



 Hire of Individual Instruments

The Cornwall Music Education Hub has a large pool of instruments which may be hired by any individual or organisation, depending on availability.  The termly hire fee is between £21.60 and £38.40 (including VAT) and instruments can be hired can be up to four terms, at which point they are usually recalled, serviced  and made available to other students.  We believe this hire period provides sufficient time for parents and carers to be certain of their child’s commitment and investigate purchasing their own instrument.

If you would like to hire an instrument, please complete the Instrument Hire Form and return to the CMEH office.

CMEH Instrument Hire Form - 2019/20

Instruments Available to Hire and Hire Fees (inc VAT)


Violin – sizes: 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾ and full

£21.60 per term*


Viola – sizes: 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾ and full

£27.60 per term*


Cello – sizes: 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾ and full

£27.60 per term*


Double Bass – sizes: 1/8, ¼, ½, ¾ and full

£38.40 per term*


Clarinet – B flat and E flat, Kinder clarinet and ‘Clarineo’

£27.60 per term*



£27.60 per term*


Bassoon – standard and short reach

£33.60 per term*


Flute – straight and curved head (for younger students) and Alto

£27.60 per term*



£27.60 per term*



£27.60 per term*



£27.60 per term*


Tuba – E and B flat

£33.60 per term*


French Horn – F and B flat

£33.60 per term*


Compact Trombone

£33.60 per term*



£33.60 per term*


*Delivery -  A £9.00 (inc VAT) delivery/collection charge will automatically be added to the cost of the first term’s hire, therefore please include on your cheque. We will be unable to send out your instrument if this fee is not included. Instruments will be delivered to and collected from your child's school by courier.  Please include

Subsidised Hire

Students in receipt of Free School Meals, Children in Care and children of Services Families can apply for a 50% subsidy on their instrument hire fee. Please indicate on your instrument hire form if your child is eligible for this. 

Returning an Instrument?

If you wish to return an instrument which you have hired from us, please take the instrument to your child's school reception and email us at with the following details so that we can log the return and organise collection:

Class Sets of Instruments

In addition to individual instrument hires, we also hire class sets of instruments for schools.  These are perfect for First Access. Hire forms can be found on the Class Hire page

Instrument Enquiries

To contact the Instrument Manager, please call  01872 323001 or email  

Accessible Instruments for Disabled Players

The Cornwall Music Education Hub is committed to supporting access to music for all young people. We are working in partnership with Open Up Music to support access through our Open School Orchestras which take place in 5 different Special Schools and ARB units. Students in these orchestras are able to use specialist software and technology to make music.

OHMI offer a hire scheme of adapted instruments. Further information can be found on their website - 


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