On Sunday 26th March a lovely concert was held in our Church given by the Wirksworth Music Centre. We were pleased that they wished to use our church as their venue again. The church was full and there were group items and solos. A delightful evening.
Wirksworth Music Centre is a registered charity that gives about 140 local children the opportunity to play music together and improve their instrumental skills. Every Saturday morning in term time, 12 groups of children meet at Anthony Gell School to play wind and string instruments. The music centre’s intention is that the students should have an enjoyable musical experience while learning new skills. Each group is led by a professionally qualified musician and teacher. Derbyshire County Council is invited to monitor the music centre to ensure that high standards are maintained.
The students range from beginners to Grade 8 standard and from 5 to 18 years of age. Most live in or near Wirksworth but quite a few travel from further away, such as Matlock, Crich and Ashbourne.
Wirksworth Music Centre presents concerts at the end of each term to give the students an experience to savour, to reward the parents for their dedication and to raise funds as the budget is always marginal. Teachers and students enjoy performing at Wirksworth’s United Reformed Church where the acoustics are excellent and the welcome is supportive.