Dark Peak Music Foundation
…. a bright musical future
Welcome to our Blog.
Here we will put up stories and news that we think may be of interest to our members, partners and supporters.
The 2017-18 season concludes with two concerts:
Our now traditional Summer Concert and Garden Party on Sunday 24th June, 4pm in the delightful setting of Old Glossop Parish Church of All Saints.
The second concert is the Strings Concert on Saturday 30th June at St James’ Church, Whitfield at 7pm
Join us for our traditional end of year celebration featuring the Concert Band, Sinfonia, Intermediate Wind Band and Chinley and Glossop Junior Bands. With music ranging from Bizet’s Carmen Suite to Holst’s masterpiece for wind band the Suite No.1 in F, and also including a “Film-night Spectacular” from our junior bands, it promises a fun packed end to the year.
As we bid a fond farewell and bon voyage to our leavers, many of whom have been with us since they were primary school age and are now going on to further education, we also welcome new players who have joined since Christmas for their first concert. It is also a chance to give awards for outstanding achievement and throughout the year.
We hope everyone, children, parents, gradparents and friends will join us for food and drinks outside (weather permitting) on the green….. a thoroughly pleasant finale to another highly successful year for Dark Peak.
This is a very popular event and seating is limited so we strongly recommend getting your tickets in advance. There will be some standing room, but we don’t want anyone dissappointed. Tickets cost £5 full/ £1 Children and can be purchased online using the link below.
The Strings Concert features the Junior, Intermedaite and Senior Strings Orchestras, concluding with a mass performance from all the players. We hope parents and friends will come and support all our young players, many of whom will be taking part in their very first concert.
Concert Information for Parents and Players
Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band achieved a Gold Award at the national final of the NCBF at the Royal Northern College of Music.
It was an early start for the Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band who were performing at the national final of the prestigious National Concert Band Festival, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.
The invitation came following their successful appearance at the regional festival in November and the players were determined to give their best ever performance … and they certainly did the music centre proud, impressing the adjudicators Gererd Booth and Simone Rebello, who commented particularly on their confidence, ensemble skills and superb section work.
Opening with a lively flamenco dance “La Caracola” they moved onto an evocative tone poem “The Painted Desert” both by Philip Spark. After a foray into the world of film music with “The Great Escape” they concluded with a rousing finale “Celtic Air and Dance” by Michael Sweeney.
The music centre was represented this year at NCBF by our younger ensemble, with an upper age of 14. And judging by the amount of talent and commitment on display we have great things to look forward to in the years to come.
Pictures from the event are on our Gallery Page and a YouTube video of their performance is now published on the Dark Peak channel:
Peak District and Wirksworth Music Centres are joining forces with Dark Peak for an evening of musical fireworks at St John’s Church in Buxton. The event is the culmination of three months of work which have seen projects taking place all over the area.
St John the Baptist Church, Buxton
Friday 13th April, 7.30pm
Tickets on the door: £7 (accompanied children free)
Concert Details for Players
60 members of the Dark Peak Concert Band and senior string ensemble will be donning t-shirts and shorts and heading for the beautiful Veneto region of Italy from August 18th to 25th.
The tour will include concerts in the historic spa town of Asiago and the Alpine town of Lavarone with its mountains, woodlands, meadows and lakes.
The trip will also include full day excursions to two of Italy’s most iconic and culturally important cities, Venice and Verona.
Our chairman Andy Zuntz, who is something of a techno-geek has created this wonderful new website for us. We hope you enjoy the new look and we will continue to develop the website over the coming months.
The Dark Peak Music Foundation is such a dynamic organisation that it is a difficult task keeping up with all the developments. Every year we seem to come up with new projects and opportunities for our ever-growing family of young musicians.
In April of each year Ensemble Directors and Trustees meet to throw ideas into a melting pot, responding on a year-by-year basis to the changing needs of our musical community. We like to call it the “wish-list meeting” and it is our favourite. Collectively we then decide which projects to carry forward and these become the basis for the planning of the following year.
So, whether it be giving 10-year-olds lots fun in our junior bands or helping our advanced students to prepare themselves for further education in music conservatoires or universities, we are here to give the very best professional guidance and to help all our players achieve their full potential.
And with the launch of our Inspire Series it doesn’t stop there. Our series of professional concerts, masterclasses and workshops open the Dark Peak experience up even wider, enriching the musical environment for the whole community.
An enthusiastic and excited group of parents and siblings came to the concert to see and hear the young performers. First the intermediates played a Minuet & Trio by Mozart. This was followed by the exciting Shark Attack by Cathy & David Blackwell performed by the Juniors with great gusto. The mini-concert ended with John Ryan’s Polka a traditional tune arranged by Katherine and Hugh Colledge, played rousingly by the Intermediates and Junior Strings together.
The concert was organised by Helen Parkes and Isobel Wren, under the leadership of Strings Director Emma Dixon.
The Mini-Concert is part of our Adventure Program, where we encourage players to give performances from an early point in their development.