We would again encourage families (including grandparents) to offer as birthday or Christmas presents, monies for music lessons, exams or music centre subs. This is an ideal (and useful) way where grandparents or aunts/uncles can support their family – and also have enjoyment at hearing the outcomes!
Auditions: These are for anyone who wishes to move from one group to the next
(see the Progression Chart in the Notebook). 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.
As a rough guide, players in the Junior Band are approximately Grade 1 – Grade 2/3 standard; Intermediate Band players are Grade 3 – 4/5; Concert Band players are Grade 5 – Grade 8 standard. For your audition, we ask you to choose one of your pieces which shows the progress you’ve made; we will also ask you to play a short piece at sight. Please be sure to tell us in the first week of any new term if you’d like to be considered for moving up.
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BEGINNER (for players in the very early stages of learning an instrument)
- Flute Club, Tuesday 6pm – 7pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Clarinet Club, Tuesday 6pm – 7pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- String Club, Tuesday 6pm – 7pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Brass Club, Tuesday 6pm – 7pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- John Port Satellite Band, Wednesday 4.30 – 5.30pm, John Port School, Etwall
SOME EXPERIENCE (approximate standard – Grade 1-2)
- Junior Wind Band Tuesday 6pm – 6-50pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Brass Ensemble Tuesday, 6-40pm – 7-30pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Junior Voices Tuesday 5-45pm – 6.25pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Junior Strings Tuesday 6pm – 6.50pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
INTERMEDIATE – (approximate standard – Grade 3 – 4)
Intermediate Wind Band Friday 6pm – 8-15pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
Intermediate String Ensemble Tuesday 6.50pm – 7.45pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
Youth Choir Friday 5-45pm – 6-45pm The William Allitt School, Newhall
SENIOR LEVEL – (approximate standard – Grade 5+)
- Concert Band Friday 6pm – 8-15pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Swing Band Friday, 8-30pm – 9-15pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
- Cantabile (Adult Choir), Tuesday 7-30pm – 9-20pm, The William Allitt School, Newhall
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. If we don’t stock what you need, just ask and we will try to get it for you. You can also order your music tuition books from us.
SDMC Concert Uniform
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.).
Clubs: Your normal School Uniform
Band: Boys’ Uniform
Long-sleeve white school-type shirt; Black trousers; Music Centre tie; Black socks; Clean black shoes (not trainers)
Band: 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
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 £6.50.
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.
SDMC Questionnaires 2015
The links below will open pdf files on a new page showing the outcomes of the questionnaires.
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You can view a pdf version of the current SDMC Handbook by clicking HERE.
SDMC Trustees 2016-2017
- Steve Sherratt (Chairman)
- Simon Thomas (Vice Chairman)
- Alan Fairbrother
- Marc Fairbrother
- Roy Dolan
- Christine Spare
- Wendy Connor
- Pat Murray – South Derbyshire District Council Representative
Associate Trustees: Lesley Holt Alison Smith Clare Pope James Longland Steph Young Matt Stevenson
SDMC – Gift Aid
HMRC has accepted our application for recognition as a charity for tax purposes has been accepted, and everyone who is a tax payer is invited to take part in the Gift Aid scheme. Please speak with Helen Smith or Lesley Holt if you have any queries.