Get involved at Peak District Music Centres

See what there is to do at Peak District Music Centres − groups and ensembles for young musicians from beginner to advanced abilities in the Buxton, Bakewell and surrounding Peak District areas of Derbyshire.

PDMCOur groups and ensembles are tiered by ability to provide the best settings and progression routes for all players. Click on a group for more information.

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Search by ability −  Beginner level |  Some ability |  Intermediate ability |  More advanced ability 


Beginner level  

For beginner wind and brass players up to grade 1 ability:

  • Buxton Beginner Winds − Thursdays 4.15 - 5.00pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton  
    Hope Valley Beginner Winds − Tuesdays 4.15 - 5.00pm at Hope Valley College, Hope 
    Bakewell Beginner Winds − Fridays 5.30 - 6.15pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell 

For beginner string players up to grade 1 ability:

  • Hope Valley Beginner Strings − Mondays 4.45 - 5.30pm at Curbar Primary School, Curbar 
    Buxton Beginner Strings − Fridays 5.15 - 6.00pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton

Some ability  

  • Peak District Training String Orchestra − for string players of approx. grade 1-3 ability 
    Fridays 5.15 - 6.30pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton
  • Peak District Training Wind Band − for wind, brass and percussion players of approx. grade 1-3 ability 
    Fridays 6.30 - 8.00pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell

Intermediate ability  

  • Peak District Youth Choir (aged 12 - 18) − for ages 12-18 
    Mondays 5.00 - 6.00pm at Hope Valley College, Hope
  • Peak District Intermediate Wind Band − for wind, brass and percussion players of approx. grade 3-5 ability 
    Fridays 6.30 - 8.30pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell
  • Peak District Intermediate String Orchestra − for string players of approx. grade 3-5 ability 
    Fridays 7.00 - 9.00pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton

More advanced ability  

  • Peak District Big Band − for jazz players of approx grade 4+ ability 
    Wednesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton
  • Peak District Wind Band − for wind, brass and percussion players of approx. grade 5+ ability 
    Fridays 6.30 - 8.30pm at Lady Manners School, Bakewell
  • Peak District String Orchestra − for string players of approx. grade 5+ ability 
    Fridays 7.00 - 9.00pm at St. Thomas More School, Buxton