At Peak District Music Centres we believe in inspiring young people with a life-long passion for music-making. With the enjoyment and enthusiasm that comes from being part of an ensemble, and encouraged by a wonderful team of experienced and dedicated directors and players, our young musicians gain in confidence and skill with every rehearsal. We want all our young people to achieve their full potential and we constantly strive for excellence; our concerts and performances are renowned across the Peak District and beyond. Many of our young musicians continue their music for years to come, some in successful careers in music and the arts.
We want every young person to be able to experience music making, whatever their background, and we are able to help in cases of financial hardship too. In the “PDMC family” young people and parents alike find a warm and encouraging welcome.
Music and music-making have been proven to positively impact the lives of those who take part. For children and young people this can include:
providing a vital and enjoyable platform for self-expression and creative exploration
contributing to a balanced life and mental and social well being
developing confidence, self-discipline, team work and determination
supporting and improving academic performance across the curriculum
extending the horizons of what is possible and achievable
PDMC IS A CHARITY
In brief, our Objects are to advance musical education, principally of school age young people in an area bounded by Buxton, Bakewell and Hope Valley, by the provision of:
structured music ensembles to enable participation and progression and to develop confidence and enjoyment
regular rehearsals, performance opportunities and enrichment activities such as tours and workshops
opportunities for teamwork and leadership
Peak District Music Centres has a dedicated group of trustees which oversee the running of the organisation.
David Brindley (Chair), Jon Kilpatrick (Vice-chair)
Helen Payne, Simon Marrow, Hannah Watson, Amanda Whittlestone, Nick Buttle, Michelle Birch, Cath Pitts