About the Peak District Music Centres

Peak District Music Centres is a charitable organisation which aims to support and promote music-making for young people in North West Derbyshire. 

Our principal activity is to bring young musicians together to experience playing in an ensemble at weekly term-time rehearsals. Motivated by talented ensemble directors, our players are able to develop their musical skills and to make new musical friends.

We have wind and string ensembles which range from beginners and early years through to accomplished players and school leaving age. Our players are able to progress over time to the highest levels of which they are capable. We also have a Big Band and two choirs. Most of our ensembles meet in Buxton, Bakewell and the Hope Valley but some meet in nearby villages.

There are also regular opportunities to perform - both in informal settings in front of friends and family and at prestigious public venues. These performances often allow our younger players to learn from, and even play with, our senior players. Our most senior groups give top class concert performances and have performed in national venues such as Symphony Hall in Birmingham. In most years our senior groups also take turns to undertake a tour abroad. A number of our former players have pursued successful careers in music, and many others have taken with them a lifelong passion for music and music making.

We are always keen to welcome new players. As part of our commitment to equality of opportunity, we are able to offer free places or reduced subscriptions for our ensembles. We may also be able to help with the cost of instrumental lessons - please just ask in confidence. Enquires may be addressed at any time to Marion Redman, PDMC Administrator using the links above.