About Us




The South Derbyshire Music Centre is a registered charity (No 1008568). Its purpose is to support and promote ensemble music-making for young people in the area.

We provide opportunities for players and singers to make music together in a friendly, purposeful atmosphere.

The Centre has a team of qualified music teachers, most of whom are accredited to the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership. All teachers have a DBS check.

SDMC is self-financed through pupils’ subscriptions, grants and donations. Subscriptions are £3.50 per week for all instrumental groups, and £2.50 for those in Junior Voices or the Youth Choir.  Children can attend as many ensembles as they like during each week as guided by their teacher. We also offer financial support for those families who may have difficulty in paying their subscription. If you are interested in finding out more, speak with your child’s instrumental teacher, or contact our administrator Helen Smith who will arrange for you to visit our Centre.

Concerts – Our bands and choirs perform in at least one concert a term (please see our News and Events page for dates of concerts).

These are some of the comments we have received following our concerts:

“What an absolutely fantastic pair of concerts yesterday! …the quality of performance from the novices to the most experienced! ….. hearing the fantastic musicianship of the Senior Band is testimony to the fact that SDMC is doing a great job with the district’s young musicians. I loved the pace and technicality of Troika and was totally blown away by The Greatest Showman – the musical directors must be congratulated on their knack each year of picking a showstopper that is “of the moment”.”

“Both concerts were fabulous, but Cracker was by far and away my favourite one in the 13 years we have been coming.”

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed ‘Cracker’ yesterday, and yet again, it never fails to impress!”

“What a wonderful concert! SDMC are so good at putting the beginners and the advanced together to provide a really inspiring concert. PBuzz and family wind band playing together brought tears to my eyes!!!”

“Yesterday was a truly fabulous day that I always enjoy being a part of. The effort put in behind the scenes never fails to produce a very professional result all round.
Here’s to the 47th!”

“Yesterday was a triumph! I think it gets better every year. Senior band blew my socks off and Youth Choir made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Wonderful!”

“What a success it was! It is a huge team effort and it is occasions like yesterday that show how it really is a winning team! We think it was one of the best.”

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If you want to know more-detailed information about our music centre’s policies etc, please click on the link below to view our current Policies and Procedures Handbook:

SDMC Policies & Procedures Handbook – March 2017