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Music maker Tom joins youth orchestra
Wednesday 18th December 2013 @ 16:56 by Lisa B
Glossop Chronicle

Tom Hayes DPMT

Glossop-based Dark Peak Music Centre’s talented music maker Tom Hayes has been picked to play with one of the country’s top youth symphony orchestras.

That’s not the only good news to come out of the Dark Peak camp.

At the band trust’s winter concert at Glossop Parish Church on Sunday night, it was announced that the concert band is making its first European tour next year.

The concert band will play concerts in Bruges and Antwerp during a visit to Belgium.

Tom, a student at Glossopdale Community College Sixth Form, will be joining the 90-strong Derbyshire County Youth Orchestra, performing in prestigious venues and working with renowned conductor Peter Stark of BBC Maestro fame.

Tom began by playing the French horn when he was 11.

He started in the training level groups, progressing to the position of Principal Horn in the Dark Peak Concert Band and Orchestra.

Horn tutor and music centre director Jeff Snowdon said: “Tom has worked very hard to achieve this and has been a dedicated member of the concert band and orchestra.

“We are always keen to welcome new players in the music centre and hope to see an increasing number of young musicians progressing through to the county level orchestras.

“It’s a great life experience for youngsters to be able to work together in groups like this and we offer a structured training from beginner up to advanced level in five graded groups.”

As well as his busy schedule of music activities, Tom is studying for maths and science A levels and is also a gifted squash player, competing at county level.

The Old Glossop church was packed for the concert, which featured a variety of Christmas music from the concert band, intermediate wind band, beginners’ band and Chapel Junior Wind Band.

The audience also heard a plea from Jeff to join the trust, which was launched at last year’s winter concert.

Since then, the trust’s ‘friends’ have raised money which has helped the trust buy essential equipment for its music
centre.

For more information about the opportunities available for children in Dark Peak Music Centre visit the website www.darkpeakmusic.co.uk.