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 sets out a clear path of progression to support your child through their musical development.

Belper Strings

Unfortunately, we’ve had to make the decision to close the Belper Strings group. You can still make music with us though! Why not join Saturday Strings? Our Beginner strings ensemble. Try it out, the first week’s on us!

Fresh Harmonies

An after school A Capella choir for 14-18 year olds
When Wednesday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where Currently running online
Instruments Voice
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Saturday Strings – currently running online as Junior Strings

An exciting start to ensemble playing with other new string players
When Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 am
Where currently online
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level

Saturday Blowers – currently combined with Junior Wind Band (see below)

A fun way for woodwind, brass and percussion players to perform with other young players in their first ensemble
When
Where
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level

Guitar Fusion – not running whilst we’re online though guitarists and percussionists are welcome in any other ensemble

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
Where
Instruments Electric Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Bass Guitar

Percussion

Skill Level

String Stars – running combined with Saturday Strings as Junior Strings (see above)

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
Where
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 10:00 – 11:00 am
Where currently online
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪

Vocalise (Junior Choir)

A choir for anyone who enjoys singing with friends
When Saturday 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Where currently online
Instruments Voice (up to 14yrs old)
Skill Level ♪♪

South East Derbyshire Youth Orchestra – not running whilst we’re online though all members are able to be part of the online ensembles for string and wind instruments

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
Where
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Strings

Skill Level ♪♪♪

String Along – running online as Senior Strings

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 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where currently online
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Intermediate Wind Band – currently running online as Concert 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 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where currently online
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Brass Band not running whilst we’re online though all members are able to be part of Concert 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
Where
Instruments Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪

Flute Choir – not running whilst we’re online though all members are able to be part of Concert Band

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
Where
Instruments Flutes of all sizes
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Clarinet Choir not running whilst we’re online though all members are able to be part of Concert Band

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
Where
Instruments Clarinets of all sizes
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Allegramente Choir – currently not running whilst we’re online but will be back soon

A community choir for anyone who enjoys singing from the age of 15 upwards
When
Where
Instruments Voice (age 15+)
Skill Level ♪♪♪

Chamber Strings – currently combined with String Along and running as Senior Strings (see above)

A chamber ensemble for more advanced string players, performing a repertoire of string orchestral music and adaptions of music for string quartet
When
Where
Instruments Violin

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Senior Wind Band – currently running online as Concert 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 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where currently online
Instruments Woodwind

Brass

Percussion

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Big Band – not running whilst we’re online though all members are able to be part of Concert 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
Where
Instruments Saxophone

Trumpet

Trombone

Keyboard

Bass

Drum kit

Skill Level ♪♪♪♪

Theory Club – currently not running whilst we’re online but will be back soon

A workshop for any musician who wants to progress their musical theory knowledge from beginner to grade 5
When
Where
Instruments Pencil

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