Dear Musicians and Parents,

I hope this finds you safe and well.

It would be our first week back at Music Centre this week so I am sending you an update as we can’t meet together in person!

At the moment, due to lockdown, we have to follow the government guidelines and stay at home. We do not know yet when the lockdown will lift for us or when we can meet again to practice and perform together but we know it will be at least 3 more weeks and it looks unlikely before half term.

However, this doesn’t mean that we have to stop music making!

I hope individually, you have time and space to practice your instruments?

Do you know of any online sites that are worth a listen to or have resources of free music to play along to or print parts? Please let me know and I will share them with everyone.

I’ve found some great music to listen to and even some music that is free to print at a range of levels so the whole music centre could play together. I have chosen three pieces from the site, one we did last term as the Orchestra from 6-7pm, but there are easier parts for everyone. (Please see the link below).

It would be great if you take a look at the site and see which parts you can play. This is for all groups and for all musicians in those groups. I will send more info soon when I have found out if we can play online together or we may have to wait til we are back at music centre.

Let me know how you get on with the site and if you need any help with printing music etc. It would be good to know if you try any of the pieces so keep in touch!

Best wishes

Moira Devonport

If you click on this link and go to the Orchestral and choral arrangements and click on this. There are a good number of different styles and composers to chose from. Below are the three pieces I think we could look at individually then put together when we can. Or even record at home and edit together online! To hear the tracks and info about the composers follow the links on the site.


Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird — suite (1911) (Finale) – Instrumental arrangements Arrangements suitable for orchestral instruments, for beginners up to Grade 5. All parts have been designed to work together to enable mixed-ability groups to perform together.


Beginner/pre-Grade 1

Violin (open strings) | Cello/Double bass (open strings)

Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Oboe (or any mid-range instrument in C) | Bassoon

Trumpet in B♭ | Horn in F (F and Bf fingering) | Trombone (or other bass instrument in C)

Tenor horn/Alto sax in E♭ | Euphonium/Baritone

Bass (or any large) drum | Glockenspiel

Piano beginner

Transposed score

Grade 1-3

Violin | Cello/Double bass

Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Oboe (or any mid-range instrument in C) | Bassoon

Trumpet in B♭ | Trombone (or any bass instrument in C) | Horn in F

Tenor horn/Alto sax in E♭ | Euphonium/Baritone

Bass (or other large) drum


Intermediate score

Grade 4-5

Violin | 2nd Violin (based on viola) | Viola | Cello | Double bass

Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Oboe | Bassoon

Trumpet in B♭ | Trombone (bass clef) | Trombone (treble clef) | Horn in F | Tenor horn/Alto sax in Eb

Euphonium/Baritone | Bass in B♭ | Bass in E♭ (treble clef) | Tuba

Bass drum

Full score | Piano accompaniment

Doctor Who Theme by Delia Derbyshire

(original theme composed by Ron Grainer)



By Iain Farrington

Available parts:


Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Alto Saxophones, Bassoons, Trumpets, Horns, Euphoniums,

Tenor Horns, Trombone, Tuba, Bass in Eb

Timpani, Percussion

Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double Basses

Guitar, Ukulele


For Beginner, Intermediate and Grade 4/5


Universal notes for all instrumental arrangements:


All parts have been designed to enable mixed-ability groups to perform together. A certain amount of simplification has been required to adapt the pieces for mixed-ability. A successful rendering of each piece would require the essential melodic material and bass line which are often in the Grades 4/5 parts, especially in the piano.


There are scores for each difficulty level plus three other scores for each piece:

1.         Grouped according to ability

2.         Grouped according to instrument type

3.         ‘Short score’ in C, grouped according to ability


There are three ability levels – beginner, intermediate (Grades 1-3) and Grades 4-5.

•          Flute parts can be played by the violins

•          Oboe parts can be played by the flutes and violins

•          Trumpet parts (in Bb) can be played by the clarinets

•          Violin parts can be played by the flutes (except when in the lowest register)

•          The ‘percussion’ part is a beginner part and can be played on any drum. It adds a simple rhythm layer to each piece. Timpani and full percussion parts are for intermediate or Grades 4/5


Edward Elgar – ‘Enigma’ Variations – Theme (‘Enigma’), variations 11, 6 & 7 – Instrumental arrangements Beginner/pre-Grade 1:

Violin | Cello | Guitar | Ukulele

Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Alto saxophone | Oboe | Bassoon

Trumpet in B♭ | Trombone | Trombone in B♭ | Tenor horn | Horn in F | Euphonium



Intermediate/Grade 1-3:

Violin | Viola | Cello | Double bass | Guitar

Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Alto saxophone | Oboe | Bassoon

Trumpet in B♭ | Trombone | Trombone in B♭ | Tenor horn | Horn in F | Euphonium | Tuba

Timpani | Glockenspiel | Snare drum/Triangle/Bass drum/Cymbals


Grade 4-5:

1st Violin | 2nd Violin | Viola | Cello | Double bass

Flute | 2nd Flute | Clarinet in B♭ | Alto saxophone | Oboe | Bassoon | Bass in B♭

Trumpet in B♭ | Trombone | Trombone in B♭ | Tenor horn | Horn in F | Euphonium | 2nd Euphonium | Tuba



Dear Musicians and Parents
The impact of the Coronavirus which has been reported in the news has regrettably affected forthcoming TSDMC rehearsals and concerts.

The trustees and I have been carefully assessing the developments and I am writing to you to let you know of changes to rehearsals and concerts we had planned. All rehearsals and concerts are cancelled until next term.

There will be no rehearsals this week at our satellite Fast Forward orchestra at Oldway Primary School on Thursday 19th March or at TSDMC, Torquay Boys Grammar School on Friday 20th March.
Also the rehearsals and our Spring Term Concert due to take place on Saturday 21st March at The Ariel Centre, Totnes will no longer be held.
There will be no Peninsula Clarinet Choir rehearsal on Saturday 21st March.
The Torbay Music Hub have also cancelled the Schools Music Festival in which the TSDMC Flute Choir, Reed Choir and Youth Strings where due to play in on March 23rd, 24th and 25th. So no performances at English Riviera Centre.
Everyone has worked hard this term and I have heard great playing in rehearsals. I hope that we will show this to your families and friends in next term’s concert.
Thank you individually for all your hard work, great listening and fantastic playing, keep up the practice at home until we can meet again next term.
Please confirm that you have received this email asap as I do not want anyone to make unnecessary journeys to venues or be dropped off and unsupervised at anytime. I will be ticking off names on my register when I get your confirmation.
I wish you all a Happy Easter and hope to see you all on Thursday 16th or Friday 17th April at the start of the Summer Term. However I will keep you informed if this changes nearer the time.
Keep well.


Moira Devonport

Newsletter Autumn 2019

    • Newsletters keep you in touch with news and events at Music Centre. Please read and keep for a while, so you know what is happening. Keep in touch on twitter and Facebook.

• Please pay fees and return a registration form due for this term as soon as possible. If you pay by BACS, please also complete and return a registration form. All members need their parent or carer’s signed agreement to take part in Music Centre activities, which is why we need the completed registration form.

• Music Centre members should stay on site until collected at the end of your ensemble. Please do not leave the schools between ensembles, for your own protection and safety. If you change your normal arrangements, please let someone know!

• THIS TERM’S CONCERT is at the Centenary Hall on Friday 29th November at 7.00pm. This concert is for all music centre groups. Tickets will be available at the door and at Music Centre rehearsals. Please wear smart black trousers/skirt and white/coloured top with festive touches.

• Seating rehearsal schedule at the Centenary Hall on Friday 29th November:
4.30pm: Reed Choir (clarinets, saxophones and double reeds), 4.45pm: Flute choir, 5.00pm: Concert Orchestra, 5.15pm: Percussion, 5.30pm: Orchestra, 5.45pm: Youth Strings, 6.00pm: Concert Brass

Fast Forward group will meet Bistro Hall at 4:30pm, so that they can have a rehearsal with the Thursday Fast Forward group then head over to the Centenary Hall to set up for 5.15-5.30pm.

6.30pm: doors open for the audience.

7pm: Concert starts

• We would welcome contributions to the raffle at the concert. Could we ask you to bring a contribution to the interval refreshments? Biscuits, cakes, and savouries would be welcome. The Music Centre will provide drinks at no charge.

• Remaining rehearsals this term are on 8th, 15th and 22nd November. After the concert on 29th November, there will be a break until Friday 10th January 2020.

Thank you for your hard work this term and great music making! Have a very Happy Christmas, I hope you enjoy the holiday and we look forward to seeing you in January 2020!

Best Wishes,


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