Ensembles

The PDMC run many ensembles for young musicians of all abilities. More information can be found on each ensemble's page.

Buxton Preparatory Strings

For total beginners who are having lessons on violin, viola, cello or double bass. An excellent, fun and accessible introduction to playing with other string young players.

Ensemble Director: Jason Curteis

Rehearsal Venue: Buxton Community School, Buxton

Day & Time: Fridays, 17:15 -18:00pm

Grades: Beginner - 1

Hope Valley Preparatory Strings

For total beginners who are having lessons on violin, viola, cello or double bass. An excellent, fun and accessible introduction to playing with other string young players.

Ensemble Director: Ailsa Hoyle

Rehearsal Venue: Curbar Primary School

Day & Time: Mondays, 16:45-17:30

Grades: Beginner - 1

Bakewell Beginner Wind

This group is for beginner wind and brass players. An excellent, fun and accessible introduction to playing with other young players.

Ensemble Director: Jane Taylor

Venue: Lady Manners School

Day & Time: Fridays, 17:30-18:15

Grades: Beginner - 1

Buxton Beginner Wind

A great opportunity for beginner wind and brass players to meet together, make new friends and learn new skills. Wider Opportunity children welcome!

Ensemble Director: Ben Simnett

Venue: St Thomas More Catholic School

Day & Time: Thursdays, 16:15-17:00pm

Grades: Beginner - 1

Hope Valley Beginner Wind

A great opportunity for beginner wind and brass players to meet together, make new friends and learn new skills.

Ensemble Director: Kirsty Hetherington

Rehearsal Venue: Hope Valley College

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 16:30-17:15pm

Grades: Beginner - 1

Peak District Training String Orchestra

This group provides the next step from beginners to an introduction to the String Orchestra repertoire. A fun and accessible group for players of grade 1-3 standard.

Ensemble Director: Neil McErlean

Rehearsal Venue: Buxton Community School

Day & Time: Fridays, 17:15-18:45

Grades: 1 - 3

Peak District Junior Choir

Previously Hope Valley Young Singers, this enthusiastic and very successful group is an ideal way for young people to be introduced to singing in ensembles.

Ensemble Director: Naomi Baynes

Rehearsal Venue: Hope Valley College

Day & Time: Mondays, 17:00-18:00pm

8-11 year olds

Peak District Training Wind Band

This group provides the next step up from the beginner groups introducing players to the wind band repertoire. A fun and accessible group for players of grade 1-3 standard.

Ensemble Director: Kate Rennie

Rehearsal Venue: Lady Manners School

Day & Time: Fridays, 18:30-20:00

Grades: 1 - 3

Peak District Intermediate String Orchestra

This group provides the opportunity for string players of grade 4-5 standard to really shine and further develop their string ensemble skills.

Ensemble Director: Jason Curteis

Rehearsal Venue: Buxton Community School

Day & Time: Fridays,19:00-21:00

Grades: 4 - 5

Peak District Intermediate Wind Band

This group provides the opportunity for wind, brass and percussion players of grade 3-5 standard to really shine and further develop their ensemble skills.

Ensemble Director: Jane Taylor

Rehearsal Venue: Lady Manners School

Day & Time: Fridays, 18:30-20:30

Grades: 3 - 5

Peak District Youth Choir

Directed by Naomi Baynes, our senior choir develops the choral skills of young people including boys with changing voices. It meets on Monday nights in the main music room at Hope Valley College from 6.15 to 7.15pm. The choir is aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and while previous experience of choral singing is desirable, it is not required. 

Ensemble Director: Naomi Baynes

Rehearsal Venue: Hope Valley College

Day & Time: Mondays, 18:15-19:15

Peak District String Orchestra

This group is for our most advanced string players who are grade 6-8 standard. They tackle some of the classics of the string repertoire and always reach a very high standard. They perform in several concerts through the year, and go on tour every three years, on a rotation with other groups. 

Ensemble Director: Gavin Usher

Rehearsal Venue: Buxton Community School

Day & Time: Fridays 19:00-21:00

Grades: 6 - 8

Peak District Wind Band

The Peak District Wind Band (formerly High Peak Wind Band), is the senior wind ensemble of the Peak District Music Centres and comprises around 50 players from the Peak District in the heart of the UK.

Ensemble Director: Gareth Widdowson

Rehearsal Venue: Lady Manners School

Day & Time: Fridays, 18:30-20:30

Grades: 5 - 8

Peak District Big Band

This group provides a fun, relaxed and informative introduction to jazz playing. They perform regularly at Leek Arts Festival, and at other concerts through the year.

Ensemble Director: John Milner

Rehearsal Venue: St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 19:00-21:00

Grades: 4 - 8