October 2015

risual Microsoft Academy to launch at Derby College

Derby College has teamed up with Microsoft’s UK Country Partner of The Year 2015, risual Limited, to open a new Academy for ICT learners in order to address a growing shortage of digital skills and bridge the gap between industry and education.

The new academy is set to open at the College's Joseph Wright Campus in Derby city centre on Tuesday November 3.

DERBYSHIRE CHORUS DALEDIVA BRINGS HOME SILVER MEDAL FROM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN LAS VEGAS

Derbyshire women’s chorus DaleDiva has brought home a silver medal after wowing the judges with its 15-minute show package in the World Championships in Las Vegas.

The Divas rocked the MGM Grand stage with their performance in the Harmony Classic competition and were awarded a score of 1,249 – just ONE point behind the gold medal winners.

DaleDiva, formed by musical director Ally Law in 2007, was selected for the World Championships after winning at national competition level in May last year.

Buxton Fringe offers invitation to new-look AGM

After the fantastic success of 2015’s bumper event, Buxton Festival Fringe is inviting audience members, friends and performers to have their say at its new-look Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 11th November at Buxton’s Old Hall Hotel.

Old Glossop Victorian Christmas returns on 6 December

High Peak Food Bank are holding an event in the afternoon of 6 December to raise cash for charity.

 

‘Old Glossop Victorian Christmas’ is a street market with entertainment, Christmas tree, carols, lantern parade and heaps of nostalgia.

 

It is being organised by local community groups and charities and last year attracted hundreds of people – many traders said it was their best trading day of the year. The event is in the streets of Old Glossop, an eighteenth century village on the outskirts of Glossop and runs from 2-5.30pm.

 

Buxton Opera House Voted 'The Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands

We are delighted to be able to announce that Buxton Opera House has been voted as

the 'Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands' in the My

Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award.

 

Jenny Mather Press and Business Development Officer said;

'This is a tribute to the tremendous work of our front of house and

sales staff, and in particular to the dedication of our volunteers who

contribute so generously to our customers' experience.

 

We enjoy an extraordinary level of community support and are

Public Asked For Views on Car Parking in Derby City Centre

Visitors to Derby city centre are being asked their views on car parking as part of a consultation commissioned by the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

The BIDS, in partnership with Derby City Council, have commissioned an independent review into all aspects of car parking in the city centre and are consulting with businesses in the two areas and with visitors through an on-line survey.

Future of Heanor Site Set To Be Agreed

Derby College is set to make a decision imminently on the future sale of its former site in Mundy Street, Heanor, following the end of a six month nomination period.

The land was, earlier this year, included in a list of assets of community value nominated by Amber Valley Borough Council.  This period has allowed potential buyers, including the Heanor Grammar School Action Group, time to investigate options for the future use of the site and to develop bids.

Current Standard Electric help local schools and charities to increase their awareness of electrical safety

Current Standard Electric (CSE) has been doing work in the community, especially in local schools, to help educate young people about all things electrical.

Each spring, Buxton Community School invites local business people to talk with the Year 9 students about their jobs and what it’s like to be in that profession.

This past spring, Current Standard Electric met with 2 groups of students at the Buxton Community School to provide them with information regarding working in the field of Electrical Contracting.

PURPLE PEACH

A unique club-style night for people with learning disabilities, their carers and friends.  Purple Peach Club Night returns due to popular demand!

Journey through unusual visual worlds, strange sounds and chilled out beats in a fun, creative and relaxed atmosphere. Expect the unexpected.

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 6.30pm-10.00pm

Ilkeston Film Festival

We're looking for film submissions to be considered for our upcoming film festival to be held in January 2016 (further details to be confirmed).

Films need to have been made after January 2015, and must not have been submitted to the previous Ilkeston Film Festival, and they need to have been submitted to us by the 14th December 2015.

Pollyanna Celebrates the Four Seasons

Pollyanna Pickering is one of the most collectable painters of wildlife art – and every winter she opens her private gallery in Derbyshire for an exhibition inspired by the British Wildlife she loves. Over 50 paintings will be exhibited to the public for the first time from the 14th to 29th November in the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of her private gallery at Brookvale House, Oaker, near Matlock (AA signposted). Visitors will be welcome between 10.00am – 6.00pm each day, admission free

 

Rolls-Royce Innovative Arts and Business Sponsorship Supports Education Goals

Engineering world leader Rolls-Royce plc has re-confirmed its commitment to East Midlands’ orchestra Sinfonia Viva and plans to further strengthen the partnership.

Together Rolls-Royce and Sinfonia Viva will continue promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to young people in line with Rolls-Royce’s target of reaching 6 million people through STEM education programmes and activities by 2020.

Both organisations have been working together for 20 years and the company’s support for the Orchestra has been confirmed for a further three years.

Poem a Month for October

National Poetry Day is celebrating its 21st anniversary in October. This year the theme is 'Light' which is why we've chosen The Singing Girl by Joan Link.  We really liked the strong sense of place created in the poem and also the descriptions of light which we thought would be perfect for this month's poem. 

Tesco Local Community Scheme - New funding for community green spaces

Do you know of a local community green space project that would benefit from funding?

Communities across England, Wales and Scotland will soon be able to apply for up to £12,000 for local green space projects thanks to a new grant scheme being launched with the proceeds generated from the sale of carrier bags by Tesco.

It is anticipated that there will be two funding rounds per year over the next three years.

Viva Pushes Out The Boat for Derby Family Arts Festival

Derby-based regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva are inviting families to join them on a high seas adventure at a special family concert at Rolls-Royce Heritage Centre on Sunday October 25 starting at 2pm.

‘The Boat & The Blue’ has been commissioned by Viva as part of the national Family Arts Festival and is ideal for children aged under five and their families.

The afternoon concert tells the story of a young girl’s wonderful adventures – setting sail with Rowan and her paper boat into an ocean teeming with marine life.

Head Gardener Appointed at Derby College Broomfield Hall

Derby College has appointed a Head Gardener at the Broomfield Hall land-based studies campus in Morley to support students in their work experience programmes and lead work underway to open the grounds to more visitors.

Samantha Harvey (43) from Kirk Langley was a Horticulture student at the College 15 years ago – retraining after a career in retail management.

Bahrain Date For Sinfonia Viva

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva – the orchestra of the East Midlands – has been invited to perform a Harry Potter-inspired concert at the prestigious Bahrain International Music Festival.

A 12- piece Chamber Orchestra will travel to Bahrain next Friday (October 9) and then perform a family concert at the Cultural Hall on Monday October 12 as part of the festival which includes musicians from across the world.

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Arts Centre Announced as East Midlands Regional Winner for My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015 in Association with Smooth Radio

Buxton Opera House & Pavilion Art Centre has been voted the ‘Most Welcoming Theatre in the East Midlands’ it has been announced today. Out of 256 theatres that signed up to take part in My Theatre Matters! Most Welcoming Theatre Award 2015 in Association with Smooth Radio, Buxton Opera House has been confirmed as one of the 12 regional winners.

 

Double Awards Success for Belper Station Mosaic and Art Gallery

Transition Belper’s wonderful Station Mosaic and Art Gallery collected two top awards at this year’s Community Rail Awards.  The first was in the category of best community art scheme for the new station mosaic and artwork, a year long project developed by Transition Belper working with four local schools and hundreds of members of the local community.  The project also won best community rail photo, taken by local photographer Ashley Franklin.

 

India Visit Marks Start of International Arts Project

A group from Derby will visit Vadodara in India next week to discuss how artists in the two cities can work together to produce new and innovative work.

Representatives from regional dance house Déda, Normanton-based visual arts charity Artcore and the University of Derby will head to India on Saturday October 17 for a ten-day visit with counterparts in Vadodara.

They aim to link together visual and dance artists in Derby and India’s fastest growing city to create work that would be exhibited and performed in both cities.

Street Entertainment Continues in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious, Derby’s premier outdoor variety showcase, returns to the Cathedral Quarter on Saturday October 17 with a great line up of free entertainment.

CQ Saturdays Knickerbocker Glorious takes place between 11am and 3pm at The Waterfall Stage in the Market Place.

The line-up will include the Ripley Green Garters Morris Dancing Troupe who will make their CQ Saturdays debut.  Also performing will be Belper singer/songwriter Amy Illingworth and a special preview of Streetlight Theatre Arts ‘American Idiot’.

Event Encourages More Females into Engineering Careers

Derby College has teamed up with Rolls-Royce plc to organise an event to raise the profile of career opportunities in Engineering for females.

An information evening will be held in the Engineering Academy at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus in Pride Park on Wednesday October 21 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

In addition to a range of workshop activities, there will be an opportunity for females of all ages who are interested in engineering to talk to female engineers from Rolls-Royce.

Live & Local – Surprising Shows in Surprising Places

Ashley Hutchings, the Guv’nor of Folk-Rock and founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band will be in Doveridge on Saturday 10th October.

In his show,  ‘From Psychedelia to Sonnets, Ashley Hutchings will be recounting his life in the world of Folk-Rock, with song lyrics, poetry and more, from his book ‘Words, Words’ Words’.  He will be supported by guest female singers/musicians, to complete a great evening’s entertainment.

BOLSOVER BRASS FESTIVAL TO BROADCAST AROUND THE WORLD

 

The annual Bolsover District Festival of Brass is set to take place on Sunday October 4th, and it will be broadcast live all over the globe for the first time in its history. First Art has teamed up with Bolsover District Council to offer an all-day live web-stream of the event as it happens, featuring live music and interviews with musicians.

This Girl CAN Dive Taster Event

Women and girls aged 12 and above are being invited to try scuba and snorkelling at a free taster day on Saturday October 31 at Lonsdale Pool in Mickleover, Derby.

There are 100 places available for the afternoon’s series of 15 minute sessions and more than half the places have already been taken with ages ranging from 12 to 72.

Stage and Screen Favourites Line Up To See Out The Year

Celebrated regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva has announced the programme for its annual New Year’s Eve Gala Concert at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham.

 

Hollywood and Broadway will come to Nottingham on Thursday December 31 as the early evening concert transports the audience to the red carpet world of box-office smash musicals, all-time favourite movie themes and classic film songs.

 

Derby Folk Festival Returns To City Centre

Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter are sponsoring Derby Folk Festival for a second year in succession with both areas once again playing host to a variety of street entertainment. .

 

Dance displays will be held by various groups led by Folk 3D, in both areas on Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4 between 10am and 3pm.

 

The displays join a wide range of acts at the Market Place marquee, Guildhall Theatre, the Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral.