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.

Windows of the World

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.

Drawing together the talents of young musicians from across the Peak District , the “Windows of the World” project has had three main elements: The Orchestra of the Peaks has run a course of fortnightly rehearsals with tuition from professional musicians involved with both PDMC and Dark Peak Music Foundation. The senior wind bands of PDMC and DPMF have been working simultaneously on Peter Graham’s showcase band spectacular “Windows of the World” and some of our percussion players have been working with leading drummer Charles Ashby on a devised work as part of the performance. In addition we are delighted to have a performance from the national award winning Peak District String Orchestra under their director Gavin Usher.

St John the Baptist Church, Buxton

Friday 13th April, 7.30pm

Tickets on the door: £7 (accompanied children free)


Concert Details for Players

Tour of Italy

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.

From the Podium

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.

If you have any ideas for content which would be useful/interesting/fun please do drop us a line.We would like the website to become a central hub for all the activities of the music centre, with the possibility of eventually introducing a Members Area for enrolment etc. For now you can find information such as the schedule and stories about our adventures.

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.

Strings Mini-Concert

The Dark Peak Strings, junior and intermediate groups held a short Concert on 19th March 2018
The Dark Peak Music Foundation Junior Strings group and those Intermediate players who haven’t been involved in the Buxton project gave an informal performance on Monday 19 March at 5:45pm in the Drama Studio at Glossopdale Community College.

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.