• Another Fabulous Gala Concert

    This year's Gala concert on 7 April at Buxton Opera House was another resounding success. So much musical talent in one night!

    Gala 2019 choir and PDSO

PDMC Open Week 29 April-3 May

Open week 2019

We will be holding an open week from 29 April to 3 May 2019. If your child enjoys playing an instrument (or singing) but has not yet joined an ensemble please come along and see what we do. We offer a range of friendly and welcoming ensembles from beginner string and wind groups to award winning senior orchestras and bands. See attached flyer for full details

Additional Beginner/Training Wind Band rehearsal

In preparation for their joint performance at this year's Gala concert, there will be a joint rehearsal for Buxton Beginner Wind Band, Hope Valley Beginner Wind Band, Bakewell Beginner Wind Band and Training Wind Band on Friday 5 April, at Lady Manners School from 5.30pm-6.15pm. The usual Training Wind Band rehearsal will follow at 6.30pm.

Additional Friday Strings rehearsal

There will be an additional rehearsal for all Friday evening Strings ensembles (Buxton Beginner Strings, Training String Orchestra, Intermediate String Orchestra and PDSO) on Friday 15 February (the last day before half term for most schools).

This is in place of the rehearsal cancelled due to snow on 18 January and will be at the usual place and time.

Christmas concerts

As well as our Wind and Strings end of term concerts, this year we are very exclited to have a Christmas Celebration concert at 4pm on Sunday 16 December at St Peter's Church, Fairfield, Buxton featuring music from Peak District String Orchestra and Peak District Youth Choir as well as a few carols, some mulled wine and of course mince pies.  There is no charge for entry or refreshments (donati

Update from PDMC AGM

At this year's AGM on 14 November 2018, there were some changes to the Board of Trustees.  Three Tristees (Marianne Edgar, Alan Beswick and Sue Allard) stepped down and two new Trustees (Hannah Watson and Cath Pitts) were unanimously appointed.  We thank the retiring Trustees for their many years of service and welcome the new Trustees.  

Buxton Beginner Wind Band open rehearsal

Buxton Beginner Wind Band will be holding an open rehearsal on Thursday 22 November at 4pm in St Thomas More school.  Any beginner players (and their families) who are interested in seeing what band is like are very welcome to come along.  There will be some snacks and a lot of fun!  (There is no charge for this event) For more information please contact admin

Location of Bakewell wind band rehearsals 16 and 23 November

Due to a school performance, there are some changes to wind band rehearsal locations at Lady Manners School on Friday 16 Nov and Friday 23 Nov.  Beginner WInd and Intermediate WInd will be in the 6th Form Block and Training WInd Band will be in the Vocational Centre.  Peak District WInd Band will be in the usual rehearsal room.  

Access to Buxton Strings rehearsals Friday 16 Nov

Could all Buxton Strings players please use the back doors to St Thomas More School this Friday (16 November).  These are the glass/white doors near the music room stairs and can be found by following the driveway to the right of the building (our parent helpers will have their registration desk by these doors).  This is due to a brass band concert in the main hall.


This year's PDMC AGM will be held on Wedneday 14 November at 7pm in the Dome, Buxton.  A copy of the Agenda for this meeting can be found on this website in the letters section (under the Parents tab, following the link to letters at the top of the page).  All members (which includes players and parents of players) are welcome to attend.

Events and concerts 2018

PDMC have lots of exciting events and concerts planned for 2018.

Further details will be provided to all players closer to the time but currently planned events are listed below.  Watch this space for more information!

Event Dates 2018

11th February:           PDWB – Music for Youth at Hope Valley College

Confirmation- PDMC rehearsals start week commencing 10 September

We have been made aware that, due to updates from our service provider, there has been over a week's delay in some parents receiving our e-mail about arrangements for the start of term.  This will have made the message rather confusing for those parents.  Rehearsals all start in the week commencing 10 September and will be in the usual place/time unless otherwise advised.  If you have any quest

Summer concert at St John's Church 29 June

Our annual senior ensemble summer concert (usually the Fringe concert, but a week too early this year to be a fringe event) at St John's Church will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 29 June at St John's Church.  This year it will feature all our senior ensembles- Peak District String Orchestra, Peak District WInd Band and Peak District Big Band.  If you heard them play at the Gala concert last we

Beginner wind rehearsal Friday 8 June

There will be a joint rehearsal for Buxton Beginner Wind Band, Hope Valley Beginner Wind Band and Bakewell Beginner Wind Band on Friday 8 June at Lady Manners School from 5.30-6.15pm (ie usual Bakewell Beginner WInd rehearsal time).  This will give players an opportunity to practice playing as a larger ensemble in advance of the Gala concert.

Wind concert 20 April 2018

Bakewell Beginner Wind Band, Hope Valley Beginner Wind Band, Training Wind Band and Intermediate Wind Band have an informal concert at Lady Manners School on Friday 20 April at 7.15pm.  Please see e-mails for arrivale times for each band.  Please note- Peak District Wind Band will NOT be taking part as they had a (rather fantastic) concert last week.

New Trustees voted in at PDMC AGM

We are very pleased to welcome two new Trustees, Nicholas Buttle and Amanda Whittlestone, elected at the PDMC's AGM on 15 November 2017.  Anne Griffiths, Tim Budd and Fiona Wilcock stepped down from their Trustee posts- we thank them very much for their contribution over the years.  All other Trustees were re-elected.  Copies of the Trustees Annual Report and AGM minutes will be posted here soo

PDMC Annual General Meeting

All Peak District Music Centres members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 7pm in the Dome, Buxton.  A full notice of this Annual General Meeting (including further details on nominations/resolutions and contact details for the Secretary) can be found in the 'Parents' section of the PDMC website.

Friends of PDMC

We invite you to become a Friend of Peak District Music Centres (PDMC).

By becoming a Friend, you will help us to provide opportunities for young people to: