Our Groups

Our Clubs and Ensembles

South East Derbyshire Music Centre offers a range of performing opportunities. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advancing player, come and join us at our main centre on a Saturday morning, or at one of our after school groups around our part of the County.

As a delivery partner for the Derbyshire Music Education Hub, our range of ensembles set out a clear path of progression to support your child through their musical development.

Belper Strings

A fun start to performing with other string players for beginners who are receiving tuition in and out of school
When Mondays 4:15 – 5:00 pm
Where Belper School (Music & Maths block) John O’Gaunts Way, Belper DE56 0DA
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level

Fresh Harmonies

An after school A Capella choir for 14-18 year olds
When Wednesday 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Where Performing Arts Centre, Friesland School, Nursery Avenue, Sandiacre NG10 5AF
Instruments Voice
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Saturday Strings Club

An exciting start to ensemble playing with other new string players
When Saturday 9:15 – 10:00 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level

Saturday Blowers Club

A fun way for woodwind, brass and percussion players to perform with other young players in their first ensemble
When Saturday 9:15 – 10:00 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level

Guitar Fusion

A group for all guitarists and percussion players. An opportunity to join together two separate instrument groups into a single ensemble with a wide range of musical styles to suit both instruments. A beginner playing level is necessary to join this ensemble – come along and have a drum or strum!
When Saturday 11:50 am – 12:50 pm
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Electric Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Bass Guitar

Percussion

Skill Level

String Stars

A step up from the clubs, String Stars is a string ensemble for those players of grades 1 & 2 or Silver Medal. This will be a step up from the Clubs and will aid a smooth transition into string orchestral music
When Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level ♪♪

Junior Wind Band

A vibrant wind band for growing musicians who want to develop their skills on woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and is a step up from the clubs
When Saturday 10:20 – 11:20 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪

Vocalise (Junior Voices)

A choir for anyone who enjoys singing with friends
When Saturday 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Voice (up to 14yrs old)
Skill Level ♪♪

South East Derbyshire Youth Orchestra

Our resident youth orchestra provides players with the full orchestral experience through a repertoire of classical standards and show and film medleys. For all orchestral musicians of grades 3/4 for string players and post grade 5 for wind, brass and percussion
When Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Strings

Skill Level ♪♪♪

String Along

An intermediate string orchestra to develop good string technique and a good grounding in orchestral playing with a diversity of music. The repertoire will be fun and light-hearted and be designed to challenge and motivate the players. This is aimed at players who have passed grade 2 on their way to grade 3 and up to grade 5
When Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Intermediate Wind Band

A large wind band catering for students of minimum Grade 3 up to Grade 5, allowing students to develop their instrumental and ensemble skills. A fun ensemble where good wind band playing is developed
When Saturday 10:20 – 11:35 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Brass Band

A traditional brass band which performs a large variety of brass band arrangements. It is an ensemble where young brass players can develop good techniques. Entry is Grade 3 minimum
When Saturday 9:00 – 10:15 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Flute Choir

An ensemble offering the opportunity to play across the range of flutes in a smaller chamber music setting. Students are of Grade 3+ ability and who enjoy performing light musical arrangements
When Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Flutes of all sizes
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Clarinet Choir

An ensemble offering the opportunity to play across the range of clarinets in a smaller chamber music setting. Students are of Grade 3+ ability and who enjoy performing light musical arrangements
When Saturday 9:00 – 10:00 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Clarinets of all sizes
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Allegramente Choir

A community choir for anyone who enjoys singing from the age of 15 upwards
When Saturday 10:25 – 11:25 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Voice (age 15+)
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Chamber Strings

A chamber ensemble for more advanced string players, performing a repertoire of string orchestral music and adaptions of music for string quartet
When Saturday 11:40 am – 12:40 pm
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Senior Wind Band

A senior level band for more experienced wind, brass and percussionists performing a wide and varied repertoire – from traditional folk song suites and marches to large American film scores and musical selections. Accessible to players of post Grade 5
When Saturday 11:45 am – 1:00  pm
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Swing Band

Covering jazz, big band and soul music this ensemble is for senior level (Grade 5+) players. The group regularly give performances at external events
When Saturday 10:20 – 11:35 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Saxophone

Trumpet

Trombone

Keyboard

Bass

Drum kit

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Theory Club

A workshop for any musician who wants to progress their musical theory knowledge from beginner to grade 5
When Saturday 10:30-11:15 am
Where The Lakeside Centre, Kirk Hallam Community Academy, Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston DE7 4HH.
Instruments Pencil

Notepad

Brain

Progression Pathways

Progression Pathways