Peak District Music Centres | Our Ensembles

OUR

ENSEMBLES

We provide music-making opportunities to young musicians of beginner to experienced abilities across the Peak District – from Buxton, Bakewell to Hope Valley and the surrounding area.

We rehearse weekly during term times and perform regularly, from informal concerts to events in prestigious venues such as Buxton Opera House, as well as nationally through competitions and internationally through tours.

 

Our two progression routes – one for string players and one for woodwind, brass and percussion – that both cater and develop players of all ages and abilities.

Joining us

Many of our young musicians join us at the beginner level, at the very start of their musical learning and progress through our ensembles as their abilities mature

 

If you already have experience, we can place you in the ensemble that best fits your ability.

GET IN TOUCH

If you want to try out one of our groups you only have to let us know. We can arrange a date for you to come and try out what we do.

Young musicians are invited to try a group out at any time, and new members to our beginner groups get their first full term with us for free after registering!

We may need to alter days and times as we reopen face to face rehearsals, and some may be replaced with digital activities.

WOODWIND, BRASS & PERCUSSION

BEGINNER WINDS

Tuesdays 4pm-4.45pm at Hope Valley College and Wednesdays 4pm-4.45pm at St Thomas More School, Buxton

Our Beginner Wind Ensembles welcome young musicians at the start of their musical learning, working towards or at an approximate Grade 1 level. Players experience the fundamentals of ensemble playing before progressing to our intermediate and senior-level ensembles.

Our beginner groups are directed by Chris Burge and Ben Simnett.

INTERMEDIATE WIND BAND

Fridays 6.30pm-9.30pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell

Our Intermediate Wind Band provides an excellent opportunity for young musicians of an approximate Grade 2-4 ability to experience playing in an ensemble alongside other developing players.

 

The Intermediate Wind Band performs in public regularly and provides opportunities for residential courses, workshops and projects with our senior players.

Intermediate Wind Band is directed by Jane Taylor.

PEAK DISTRICT
WIND BAND

Fridays 6.30pm-8.30pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell

The senior-level band, Peak District Wind Band (PDWB) has a fine reputation and over the years has performed in prestigious venues including the Birmingham Conservatoire.

 

Many young musicians join the band at an approximate grade 4-5 ability, marking the culmination of several years of development through our wind ensembles. Some will enjoy a leadership role within their instrument type, leading sections, performing solos and helping to mentor younger players, and many will continue to perform or study music into adulthood.

PDWB enjoys major performance opportunities and stimulating residential courses and workshops throughout an academic year.

Peak District Wind Band is directed by Danny Riley.

PEAK DISTRICT
BIG BAND

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm at St Thomas More School, Buxton

Peak District Big Band offers an exciting addition to the PDMC experience for young players who also want to perform jazz. The band plays regular gigs and has its own following. The wide ranging repertoire includes many well known and sometime less well-known classics, arranged to suit the ensemble.

Players who join the Big Band are typically already members of one of our intermediate or senior ensembles.

Peak District Big Band is directed by John Milner.

STRINGS

BEGINNER STRINGS

Our beginner strings ensembles are currently suspended- if you are interested in joining a beginner group please contact admin@pdmc.org.uk

Our Beginner String Ensembles welcome young musicians at the start of their musical learning, working towards or at an approximate Grade 1 level. Players experience the fundamentals of ensemble playing before progressing to our intermediate and senior-level ensembles.

Our beginner groups are directed by Kristina Craven and Jason Curteis.

TRAINING STRING ORCHESTRA

Fridays 5.15-6.30pm @ St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Our Training String Orchestra provides an excellent opportunity for young musicians of an approximate Grade 1-3 ability to experience playing in an ensemble alongside other developing players and enjoy playing in public concerts.

 

Training String Orchestra is directed by Kristina Craven.

INTERMEDIATE STRING ORCHESTRA

Fridays 6.00-8.00pm @ St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Our Intermediate String Orchestra provides an excellent opportunity for young musicians of an approximate Grade 3-5 ability to experience playing in an ensemble alongside other developing players.

 

The Intermediate String Orchestra performs in public regularly and provides opportunities for residential courses, workshops and projects with our senior players.

Intermediate Wind Band is directed by Jason Curteis.

PEAK DISTRICT
STRING ORCHESTRA

Fridays 7.00-9.00pm @ St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Peak District String Orchestra is PDMC’s senior string orchestra.  The orchestra has a fine reputation and over the years has performed in prestigious venues, including the Albert Hall.

 

For many of our young musicians playing in PDSO marks the culmination of several years progressing through our ensembles; several players go on to pursue musical careers in their studies or adult life.


Major performance opportunities and stimulating residential courses and workshops form part of the PDSO experience. 

Peak District Wind Band is directed by Gavin Usher.