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Dear Parents/Carers and Music Centre members

Firstly, many congratulations to all our young players and singers who took part in the online sessions last term and who submitted clips for the Virtual Christmas Celebration. I realise that for many it was a new experience to make a recording in the kitchen or bedroom and then to send it to us, but the hard work was rewarded as we all saw in the final ‘performance’. We had many emails to say how much the concert had been enjoyed and appreciated!

The Music Team have been busy this week in planning even more exciting activities for this term since we’ll be continuing Tuesday and Friday sessions on line again. For example, there’ll be some sessions where two groups ‘meet’ together occasionally; some instrument-specific sessions for the older players; some sessions where we ‘meet’ with singers or players from other parts of the country (including Cornwall); and a Spring Music Competition which will include opportunities for duets, trios etc. We also want to give some of the older singers and players the chance to stay after their session for 15 minutes or so, if they wish, to chat with their friends in a breakout room (a ‘virtual tuck shop’!). As the term progresses, we’ll give you more information about each of these plans (and more). But for now, please note that we start music centre for the Spring Term next week (Tuesday 12th and Friday 15th) at the same times as before:

5.30pm – Junior Voices
6.00pm – FBB
6.05pm – Junior Band
6.10pm – Club Band
6.40pm – Youth Choir

6.30pm – Senior and Intermediate Combined Band

If you joined us last term, you will be automatically sent the Zoom links. If you didn’t join us last term, why not give it a go and email Helen ( to register for the Zoom link? We hope that you’ll join with us in building on the very good achievements of last term. And in addition, it would be really helpful if SDMC members could encourage others who didn’t take part last term to at least ‘give it a try’!

On behalf of all the SDMC Music Team, we wish you a Safe and Happy New Year!  

Philip King Head of Music Centre  
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Thank you to all who have supported our virtual Christmas Raffle

and to those who generously provided the prizes.


The winners are …

1st Prize£50 Amazon voucher(53) India Bowman  
2nd Prize£30 Masseys DIY Store voucher  (98) Lynda Conlin
3rd Prize£20 Masseys DIY Store voucher  (805) Sarah Spencer
4th Prize£15 M&S voucher  (679) Brenda Sumner
5th Prize£15 M&S voucher  (751) Mr Worth
6th Prize2 tickets for Christmas Cracker 2021  (442) Tom Mills

Get your raffle tickets now to support South Derbyshire Music Centre!

Just £1 per number

Email Helen ( with the name or names of the people you’d like assigned to the numbers and she will let you know how to pay for tickets.

Then sit back and relax until we draw it on 20th December


1st Prize: £50 Amazon voucher   

2nd Prize: £30 Masseys DIY Store voucher           

3rd Prize: £20 Masseys DIY Store voucher           

4th Prize: £15 M+S voucher

5th Prize: £15 M+S voucher

6th Prize: 2 tickets for Christmas Cracker 2021

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)

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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