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Community Musicians Make a Difference

In May 2024, five members of the Dark Peak Light Orchestra formed three ensembles to perform to support groups in New Mills, Derbyshire.  

A group of people with musical instruments

Invoking Happy Memories with Music

In the first session, for Kinder Social Group, around 30 elderly people at St Georges Parish Hall in New Mills enjoyed a session of memorable and evocative music performed by an ensemble of two violins, two flutes and a cello.  The quintet performed a variety of styles including Londonderry Air, the Theme from Schindler’s List, Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, Tea for two finishing with the Beatles’ song, I Want to Hold Your Hand.  The music was received with much warmth and with some people quoting how it had invoked happy memories.

The second and third sessions took place in New Mills Volunteer Centre to smaller groups of around 12 people.  In contrast to the monthly event at the Parish Hall, ‘Acoustic Soup’ takes place every Monday afternoon.  Our two groups comprised a violin and cello duet and on a separate occasion, a flute duet.  The audience enjoyed a cup of hearty soup whilst the musicians performed.


New Mills and District Volunteer Centre

The New Mills and District Volunteer Centre aims to help people in need, through the direct actions of local volunteers.


They directly promote the welfare and community involvement of people who have needs arising from being elderly, disabled, physically or mentally ill, house-bound, isolated, visually or hearing impaired, or from learning difficulties.

Two ladies with flutes


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