Instrument Hire

York Arts Education offers a low cost instrumental hire scheme - ideal to get playing straight away! We have a wide range of instruments in stock. We can offer advice on purchasing a new instrument as appropriate.


Free hire also available to those who qualify for Pupil Premium (ask your school for a letter of confirmation) or who are looked after by the local authority.

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How do I hire an instrument?

The instrumental hire service operates from York Music Centre at Millthorpe School on Saturday mornings (9am-1pm) and Wednesday evenings (4-6.30pm) during term time.

If you wish to APPLY TO HIRE AN INSTRUMENT ONLINE please complete the Application Form and we will let you know ASAP if we have an available instrument ready for you to collect.

How do I pay?

We’d like to set up a Direct Debit mandate with you in order to collect payment automatically (termly or monthly). Once this is set up, you won’t need to pay each invoice manually - we can take payment from your bank account automatically.

Click here to set up Direct Debit

You will be sent an invoice and reminders by email.

How much does it cost?

  • Flute, violin, viola, guitar, keyboard, trumpet, plastic trombone - £3 per month
  • Clarinet (Bb), trombone - £5 per month
  • Clarinet (A), Cello, saxophone (alto), French horn - £8 per month
  • Double bass, saxophone (baritone, tenor), oboe, bassoon, mini-bassoon, tuba, clarinet (bass) - £10 per month

How do I return an instrument?

Notify us in writing (email is OK) at least half a term in advance and return the instrument to York Music Centre by the final Saturday of the term.

Return only on Wednesday (4-6.30pm) or Saturday morning (9am-1pm) Please come to the Dining Hall at Millthorpe School (access via Scarcroft Road entrance). 

What if the instrument stops working?

If the instrument develops a fault through normal use please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately and we will arrange for its repair or we will replace the instrument with a similar model. Instruments can be returned to and collected from York Music Centre at Millthorpe School on Saturday (9.30 - 12.30) or Wednesday (4.30-6.30pm) during term time.

Get in Touch

For further information about any of our services please contact: Tel: 01904 293236 Email:

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