Welcome to the Dark Peak Music Trust


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The Dark Peak Music Trust welcomes young musicians from Glossop, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield and the surrounding areas.

The Trust provides opportunities for players from beginner to advanced levels to play together in a structured family of ensembles. With over 150 members, the emphasis is on high standards of achievement in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere, giving young players the best opportunities to develop their interest in music and the friendships that are born out of playing together.

The Senior groups cater for players of higher grades performing major works for orchestra and symphonic wind band. Less experienced players are invited to join one of our training ensembles where they will enjoy playing music carefully chosen for their level of ability, under the guidance of expert ensemble directors.

The music centre was formed in 2000 and has established a reputation for high standards of performance and a varied and enjoyable repertoire, with popular music from stage and screen sharing the programme with classics. The ensembles are administered by Dark Peak Music Trust, a charitable organization which runs with the support of Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership. Past members have gone on to study at music colleges and universities, many pursuing successful careers in music. The ensembles are a popular choice as a Duke of Edinburgh's Awards activity, as well as providing opportunities for more experienced players to mentor the younger players.

The ensembles give regular performances, including 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 three time Gold Award Winner at the National Concert Band Festival (2012,2013 and 2015) and in 2016 was invited to perform for the National Festival Music for Youth in Symphony Hall, Birmingham. In 2014 it undertook it's first European tour, performing in Bruges and Antwerp Cathedrals and in 2016 the ensemble toured the Czech Republic giving acclaimed concerts in Prague, Plsen and Marianske Lazne.
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