Dark Peak Music Foundation

…. a bright musical future

The Story of the Dark Peak Music Foundation 

The Dark Peak Music Foundation is based in the Peak District, in Derbyshire, in the north of England situated in the Pennine between Manchester and Sheffield in the North of England. It welcomes young musicians from Glossop, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield and the surrounding areas.

The Foundation provides opportunities for players from beginner to advanced levels to play together in a structured family of nine 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. 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 regular Gold Award Winner at the National Concert Band Festival (2012,2013, 2015 and 2016). In 2016 was invited to perform for the National Festival Music for Youth in Symphony Hall, Birmingham and in 2017 it reached the national final of the NCBF.

In 2014 it undertook its 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. Future plans include a concert tour of the Veneto region of Italy in August 2018.

All ensembles rehearse weekly during school term time.

Click here for the 2017-18 Enrolment Form

Wind Ensembles

Dark Peak Concert Band
Bradbury Community House
Friday 5.30-7.30pm
Grade 5-8
Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band
Bradbury Community House
Monday 5-6pm
Grade 2-4
Glossop Junior Wind Band
Bradbury Community House
Friday 4.15-5.15pm
Beginner to Grade 2
Chinley Junior Wind Band
Chinley Primary School

Monday 3.45-4.45pm

Beginner to Grade 2

String Ensembles

Senior String Orchestra
Glossopdale School

Monday 7.30-8.30pm

Grade 5-8
Intermediate String Orchestra
Glossopdale School

Monday 5-6pm

Grade 2-4
Junior String Orchestra
Glossopdale School

Monday 5-6pm

Beginner to Grade 2

Full Orchestra

Dark Peak Sinfonia
Glossopdale School
Monday 6.15-7.15pm
Grade 3-8
Orchestra of the Peaks
St Thomas More School, Buxton
Annual courses
Orchestra open to players from across the Peak District