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Instrument, music, books and insurance suppliers.


Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme

The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme allows students to buy instruments without having to pay UK VAT (20%). This means that when buying an instrument for £1500 you could save over £220.

First contact your child’s teacher for advice on selection of an instrument and then the Music Service office (phone 0161 770 5660) to arrange a quote and order the instrument.

Alan Gregory

Ayres Violins



Band Supplies


John Packer Ltd


Music and books


June Emerson


Students who borrow Music Centre instruments must arrange insurance cover at the cost of the student, parent or carer.

Allianz Musical Insurance

Brass Band Insurance Services

E & L Insurance Services

Only for students aged 12 years and older.