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OUR

ENSEMBLES

We provide music-making opportunities across an area roughly bounded by Buxton, Bakewell and Hope Valley. We offer two progression routes – one for string players and one for woodwind, brass and percussion – to cater and develop players of all ages and abilities.

 

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.

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!

Find out more and get in touch to arrange a visit!

 

OUR ENSEMBLES

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Woodwind, brass and percussion

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ENSEMBLES FOR

WOODWIND, BRASS and PERCUSSION PLAYERS

PDMC is open to young musicians of any ability from beginner to experienced.

 

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.

Young musicians wanting to try PDMC out can do so by arranging a visit to one of our rehearsals and experience what our ensembles are like.

Find out more...
If you want to try out one of our groups, just get in touch. We can arrange a date for you to come and try out what we do.

We may need to alter venues, days and times as we work within Government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with our venues.

In person rehearsals may also be sometimes be subsituted by digital activities.

Any changes will be updated and dispalyed on this page.

BEGINNER WINDS

Tuesdays – 4.00-4.45pm @ Hope Valley College

Thursdays – 4.00-4.45 @ St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Fridays – 5.30-6.15pm @ Lady Manners School, Bakewel

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, Jane Taylor and Ben Simnett. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

INTERMEDIATE WINDS

Fridays 6.30-8.30pm @ 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 a 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. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

PEAK DISTRICT
WIND BAND

Fridays 6.30-8.30pm @ 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 of 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 Gareth WiddowsonFind out more about our Ensemble Directors...

PEAK DISTRICT
BIG BAND

Wednesday 7.00-9.00pm @ 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. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

Players 

 

ENSEMBLES FOR

STRING PLAYERS

PDMC is open to young musicians of any ability from beginner to experienced.

 

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.

Young musicians wanting to try PDMC out can do so by arranging a visit to one of our rehearsals and experience what our ensembles are like.

Find out more...
If you want to try out one of our groups, just get in touch. We can arrange a date for you to come and try out what we do.

We may need to alter venues, days and times as we work within Government guidance throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with our venues.

In person rehearsals may also be sometimes be subsituted by digital activities.

Any changes will be updated and dispalyed on this page.

BEGINNER STRINGS

Mondays 4.45-5.30pm @ Curbar Primary School

Fridays 5,15-6.00pm @ St. Thomas More School, Buxton

 

These groups are temporarily suspended at the start of the 2020-21 academic year, but we intend on restarting them as soon as we can.

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. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

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 a ensemble alongside other developing players and enjoy playing in public concerts.

 

Training String Orchestra is directed by Kristina Craven. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

INTERMEDIATE STRING ORCHESTRA

Fridays 7.00-9.00pm @ 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 a 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. Find out more about our Ensemble Directors...

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 UsherFind out more about our Ensemble Directors...

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GET IN TOUCH

Please get in touch if you want to find our more about joining one of our ensembles

admin@pdmc.org.uk

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REGISTRATION

If you need to register, or amend details of your current registration, go to the Player Registration System...