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A provision of the Redbridge Music Service at the John Savage Centre.

Redbridge Music Service Instrument Centre is situated at:
John Savage Centre
Fencpiece Road


Phone: 020 8708 2828

Opening times and contacts

During TERM TIME, the Instrument Centre is open to the public at the following times:

  • Monday 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Tuesday 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Wednesday 1.00 pm - 7.30 pm
  • Thursday 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm
  • Friday 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm

In SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, the Instrument Centre is open to the public at the following times:

  • Monday 9.00 am - 4.15 pm
  • Tuesday 9.00 am - 4.15 pm
  • Wednesday 9.00 am - 4.15 pm
  • Thursday 9.00 am - 4.15 pm
  • Friday 9.00 am - 3.15 pm

The Instrument Centre is CLOSED on Bank Holidays and the day after Boxing Day.



The Instrument Centre provides access to a wide range of instruments and a maintenance and upgrade service. The cost of an instrument can be kept to a minimum because instruments are purchased at discounted rates and the Music Service is not required to charge VAT on instruments as long as lessons are given by Redbridge Music Service staff.

This facility is only available to pupils receiving lessons from Redbridge Music Service teachers in schools and at Redbridge Music School.

Instrument hire
Instrument hire is available to those children applying for or receiving instrumental tuition from Redbridge Music Service teachers in schools and at Redbridge Music School. Young people who wish to play an instrument should firstly contact the school who will tell them about the availability of lessons and help them in the exact choice of instrument.

A pupil selected for instrumental lessons should be given a letter (signed by the Headteacher) and the relevant application form. The application form should then be filled in by the parent and returned to the school so that the instrumental teacher can sign it and pass it on to the Instrument Centre.

In some cases there may be a waiting period while the instrument is prepared for collection, in which case the pupils may begin some ‘pre instrumental training’.

The Music Service will inform the pupil when the instrument is ready for collection from the Instrument Centre at the John Savage Centre.

Hire fees
The cost of instrument hire is dependent upon the value of the instrument and parents have the opportunity to purchase the instrument once they have paid fees equal to the original hire value.

The Instrument Hire Agreement
The Instrument Hire Agreement is a legal document, which sets out all the information relating to the hire of your instrument. This will include the instrument details, value, hire charges and the hirer's responsibilities.

Instrument repair
Redbridge Instrument Centre has a team of experienced technicians who can carry out most repairs in the well-equipped workshop. Repairs to all hired instruments and cases must be carried out by the Redbridge Instrument Centre, as part of the hire agreement.

Accessory sales
Redbridge Instrument Centre stocks a wide range of accessories and spare parts such as strings, reeds, valve oil, music stands, cases and covers. Most things that are not in stock can be ordered.

Sheet music is not available through the Instrument Centre.

Instrument upgrades and exchange
In consultation with the instrumental teacher pupils may upgrade or exchange their instrument through the Instrument Centre.


Stringed instrument upgrades
Younger string players who begin on half or quarter size violins may upgrade to a larger instrument as they get older. In this case the hire agreement is drawn up for the new instrument and half the hire fees paid for the smaller instrument will be credited to the new account.


Exchange for a different instrument
Exchanges can be arranged but the return or sale of an instrument to the Centre has to be negotiated with the Instrument Centre.


Instrumental teachers may occasionally recommend that a child moves onto a better quality instrument. Instruments (except piano and keyboard) can be purchased VAT-free provided pupils use them for educational purposes through Redbridge Music Service. Normally parents are asked to pay a deposit and the balance is spread over the remaining terms that the pupil plans to be at school. The full balance must be paid if the pupil leaves school or gives up tuition.

Only pupils undergoing tuition through Redbridge Music Service can benefit from this provision.