Dark Peak Music Foundation

…. a bright musical future

Covid updates

Dark Peak Music Foundation is responding to the changing circumstances of the pandemic with a flexible programme of events, some live and some online. All members will be kept informed of changes as they happen but please contact us using the contacts page if you have any queries. 

Following the announcement of the 2021 lockdown, we will be delivering all our services ONLINE ONLY.

We are very conscious how tough things are for many families, juggling home schooling and working from home, so we want to offer all the children and young people a rewarding musical experience but without placing more pressure on family life.

The team of Directors had meetings last week to decide the best way forward and have set out some principles to guide us:

  • Be Positive and Innovative. 
  • Offer a good rewarding musical experience to all players.  
  • Ensure at least one playing and one performance opportunity for each person.  

The main focus this term is to start working towards a live performance, hopefully in the summer to celebrate a return to normality. It is possible that this may take the form of an open-air “picnic-in-the-park” style concert. We think this will provide a really exciting target for everyone to work towards ( .… and a proper send-off for our leavers!)

Most groups will therefore be concentrating on preparing for live rehearsals, with the larger ensembles doing sectionals on repertoire that will be included in this concert and beyond into next year.

Your Ensemble Director will be in contact with you with the details of Zoom sessions starting next week. Please join in with these so we hit the ground running when we do have the chance to return to full rehearsals. 



A Bright Musical Future

The Dark Peak Music Foundation is a vibrant, innovative and ambitious music centre based in the Peak District in Derbyshire. It welcomes young musicians from Glossop, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield and the surrounding area. 

The Foundation is committed to providing the best opportunities for young people to develop their interest in music and the lasting friendships that grow out of making music together.

At the heart of our ethos is the belief that children can develop themselves through the wonderful gift of music. We aim to foster the musical development of each individual student, nurturing their confidence, helping them to develop their musical and teamwork skills and giving them the opportunity to work with other keen and committed young musicians.

Under the guidance of expert professional musicians, the Foundation provides opportunities for players from beginner to advanced levels in a progressive family of ensembles.

Through our three central themes, Progression, Adventure and Inspiration we are striving to make our corner of Derbyshire an exciting musical environment for the whole community.


With over 150 members in a total of nine ensembles, the emphasis is on high standards of achievement in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. Advanced players perform major works from the orchestral and symphonic wind band repertoire, while less experienced players are invited to join one of our training ensembles where pieces are carefully chosen for their level of ability, with popular music from stage and screen sharing the programme with classics.

Recently added programmes include Theory classes to support players working for higher grades and our newest project; Dalcroze music and movement sessions for children age 6-9.


Regular performances include prestigious venues such as Buxton Opera House, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Northern College of Music. The Concert Band appears at major national festivals, including being a Gold Award Winner and finalist at the National Concert Band Festival and in 2016 performing in Symphony Hall, Birmingham for the final for the National Festival Music for Youth. Further afield concert tours have included of Belgium and the Czech Republic, with the most recent being a tour of the Veneto region of Italy, with highly acclaimed concerts in the Italian Alps.


In addition to ensemble work, the Dark Peak “INSPIRE” Series brings a whole new dimension to the musical life of the area. With a programme of special events, including professional concerts, masterclasses and workshops, “INSPIRE” extends the core work of the music centre, bringing new levels of inspiration to our young players, parents, friends and the wider community.

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