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Making Zoom sessions better for you

We’re all getting more used to joining meetings on line or making short recordings etc. We know it might seem strange at first when you record yourself playing or singing, but once you’ve done it a couple of times, you’ll realise how easy it is.

We’ve prepared a very short video clip to help anyone who hasn’t yet tried to record themselves.  Have a listen and try it for yourself:

Its really easy to record a video whilst playing along to a click track – Josh Pope explains how.


Nobody will be able to hear you as an individual on the video which we produce: you’ll be part of your usual ensemble.

So – let’s have everyone taking part this Christmas, and enjoy being part of it

Subs:  The subs for this half-term will be £2 a week which will help towards costs.  These are payable half-termly as usual.  [A number of members have over-payments from last term, but we would prefer to sort out these when we return to ‘normal’.  For the moment, it would be helpful for everyone to pay £12 for this half-term please].

Safeguarding:  The SDMC Virtual Meeting Policy is on page 25 in the SDMC Handbook of Policies (on the Information Page)

| Virtual Summer School


All members of South Derbyshire Music Centre have been invited to take part in a Free Virtual Music Summer School being run by the Cornwall Music Service Trust.

Click on the image above to be taken straight to the page, then follow the online instructions

The course is open to anyone from Grade 1 and above, its an amazing opportunity to enhance your music skills and have fun at the same time.

Closing Date for entries: Thursday June 30th

Our thanks to Samantha Pope for arranging this amazing oportunity

| SDMC 200 Club September Winners

Winners September 2020

1st prize of £50 – Alex Powlson (9)

2nd prize of £10 –Chris Spare (63)

3rd prize of £10 – Arabella Bramley (197)

4th prize of £10 – Clare Worrall (190)

5th prize of £10 – Daniel Yordanov (169)

6th prize of £10 – Ava O’Brien (148)

Thank you ALL for your support

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SDMC News and Concerts

For the foreseeable future, it’s not possible to hold any face-to-face rehearsals or concerts.  However, two things are really important for all of our SDMC members:

1 – To continue having instrumental lessons (on-line if necessary) so that you don’t lose the many skills you’ve already learned.

2 – To join in with the on-line weekly zoom sessions which are planned by the music team.  This is also a great time for you to catch-up with your friends.

If you do both of these things, you’ll be well-prepared for when we can eventually re-open music centre and have our practices and concerts.

The following is a list of our tutors in music centre who are very willing to give you on-line lessons, either regularly or occasionally, if you’re not able to access lessons from your usual teacher. They can also support you with your theory work.

Contact details are:

Matt Pope (Brass):

Samantha Pope: (Brass & Theory)

Peter Glenville: (Clarinet & Theory)

Clair Thompson: (Flute, Saxophone & Theory)

Nick Parrans-Smith (Brass)

Becca Pope: (Brass + some woodwind)

COVID19 – ALL SDMC Rehearsals and Concerts suspended until further notice

An Important Message to ALL SDMC Members and Families

It has become increasingly clear that sadly we need to suspend all music centre activities (rehearsals and concerts) for the time-being. We know that making music each week is a key part of all our lives, but we have to ensure the safety and welfare of all SDMC members, parent-helpers or staff. Although we will not be meeting in our various ensembles, this won’t prevent everyone from practising at home!

Simon Thomas (Chair of Trustees)
Matt Pope (Head of Band Development)
Philip King (Head of Centre)

We’ll be in touch again soon, but meanwhile – stay safe!!

Simon Thomas Chair of South Derbyshire Music Trust
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Help Music Centre – with Gift Aid

Everyone who is a British tax payer can take part in the Gift Aid scheme. If you sign up to Gift Aid, it means SDMC can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give and it will not cost you any extra. To do this you must make sure you are signed up first. Simply fill in the following form and hand it into us at the welcome desk. If you don’t have access to a printer please ask us for a copy. Please speak with Helen Smith or Lesley Holt if you have any queries.

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