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Music Shop


Did you know we have a small shop at Music Centre? We have reeds for woodwind instruments, various oils & creams for brass instruments, cleaning brushes, music bags.

Have you seen our new SDMC hoodies and polo shirts? We have a few in stock or can take an order for you.

Please ask for more details.

Auditions – Progression Pathways

For members of South Derbyshire Music Centre

These are for anyone who wishes to move from one group to the next
(see below). For woodwind and brass players, it’s possible to play a first part in one band, and also a second or third part in a band which is of a higher level.

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The Derbyshire Music Education Hub is a collaboration between key local and regional music organisations, led by the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership, working together to create joined up, high quality music education in and out of school.

Find out more…

Click one of the links below to find out more about the Music Hub, its county music ensembles, and how to become a member.

Concert Uniform

SDMC Concert Uniform

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Full and prescribed uniform should be worn at each concert. Players and singers are ‘on show’ and therefore representing the Music Centre from the moment they enter a concert venue until they leave. The uniform should be worn correctly (shirts properly tucked in, ties tied correctly, top shirt button fastened etc.).

Club Band and pBuzz groups: Your normal School Uniform

Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Boys’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt; Black trousers; Music Centre tie; Black socks; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

 Junior, Intermediate, Senior Bands and Youth Choir: Girls’ Uniform

Long-sleeve white school-type shirt (which allows a tie to be tied properly); Plain black skirt (below the knee) and black tights OR Black trousers (not skin tight) and black socks; Music Centre tie; Clean black shoes (not trainers or high heels)       No jewellery

Junior Voices:

Red T-Shirts (loaned at no cost); Black skirt/trousers etc as above; Clean black shoes (not trainers)

Music Centre ties can be brought from the admin desk on Music Centre evening at a cost of £6.00.

Please note: Uniform will be checked before players go on stage, and the Centre reserves the right to withdraw a player or singer if the prescribed uniform is not worn correctly.

Music Centre Subscriptions

SDMC is self-financed through pupils’ subscriptions, grants and donations.

From September 2019, the trustees have agreed that there will be an increase in subs in order to maintain the financial viability of the Centre.  We’ve spoken to a number of parents about ‘value for money’ from the Centre, and the overwhelming feedback is that compared with other out-of-school activities, we do provide very good value.

We’re proud that we have an excellent team of committed teachers who strive to give each child and young person the best music experiences possible in the area.  In addition there are always staff on hand to help individuals where necessary

From September: 2019, the subscriptions will be:
£3.50 per week for all choirs and bands who rehearse on Tuesday evenings. 
£4.50 per week for bands which rehearse on Friday evenings and Swing Band.  

There is no additional charge for young people who take part in more than one ensemble or attend both Tuesday and Friday activities. If you only attend Percussion Ensemble or Swing Band subs are per session.

Please speak in confidence with our Centre Coordinator if this increase presents a difficulty for your family.