Developing talented musicians
and exceptional young people.
Nurture, Inspire, Grow
We provide inspirational musical experiences through weekly term-time rehearsals, regular concerts and performing opportunities, workshops and biennial tours.
Both in and out of rehearsals, we offer a positive, supportive space where children and young people can grow in confidence, socialise with friends and step outside their comfort zone.
The beating heart
Music is at the core of everything we do at SEDMC.
Playing music together has enormous benefits for children and young people. Ensemble playing helps young musicians make quicker progress on their instrument; supports academic skills; facilitates creative expression; improves emotional and mental wellbeing; and helps to develop confidence and social skills.
To achieve these benefits, we focus on excellence in everything we offer. Our rehearsals are run by musicians who are not only experienced teachers, but active performers too. At every level, members are appropriately challenged and supported to continually develop musicianship skills and reach new levels of skill and performance.
Between the notes
Alongside rehearsals, SEDMC provides a caring and dynamic space for friendships to blossom.
There’s an old-school youth club vibe as members use break-out areas and the tuck shop to socialise, form their own small ensembles or catch up on homework.
In line with our ethos of ‘nurture, inspire & grow’, the social aspect of SEDMC is just as important to us as the music. We’re a close-knit community and love seeing our members develop not only as musicians, but into amazing young people too.
Promoting access to music
We believe that every young person should have the opportunity to experience the incredible benefits of ensemble music-making.
As a charity, we provide affordable access to every member. Our membership fees are subsidised by funding from Arts Council England, Gift Aid and our own fundraising – allowing us to charge members just 45% of our running costs.
For families receiving Free School Meals, we provide access completely free of charge to ensure no young person misses out on the life-changing impact of music.
South East Derbyshire Music Centre Trust (SEDMC Trust) is the registered charity which runs SEDMC.
Our team of trustees generously volunteer their time to oversee the running of SEDMC, ensuring we can continue providing a space for young people to make music for many years to come.