February 2019

DC Comedy Club Opening Night Sells Out!

On Saturday, The Derby Conference Centre hosted their very first DC Comedy Club. The Derby Conference Centre is a versatile venue which has hosted conferences, weddings and private and corporate events, but never a comedy night.

DC Comedy Club are delighted to announce that their sold-out night was a roaring success. The night, which saw the venue host an audience of 260 people, sold out in just under four weeks. The night consisted of four comedians; before the headliner Ricky Grover, the audience were suitably warmed up with Chris Purchase, Gavin Webster and Andy Watson.

What’s On At Cromford Mills MARCH 2019

Tuesday 12th March

2 – 5pm

ANTIQUES VALUATION AFTERNOON

Location: Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café

£1 donation to the Arkwright Society

Bamfords, Auctioneer & Valuers, invite you to bring along items of interest for free valuation, which can be left for auction in the next appropriate sale.

For further details please visit www.cromfordmills.org.uk or phone 01629 823256.

 

Wednesday 13th March

10am – 12 noon

Arkwright's Artisan Markets Cromford 2019

Arkwrights Artisan Market is a monthly market which will take place in the beautiful setting of Cromford Mill Yard, with a focus on Derbyshire Artisans and Producers.  Cromford Mills are keen to provide a showcase and spotlight for the high quality makers and producers within the County and become recognised at a natural home for that talent.

Broadway comes to a sitting room near you

Pensioners were treated to a concert of Broadway show-stoppers in their own sitting room thanks to a partnership between Buxton International Festival and a local charity.

Royal Northern College of Music student Ellie Hull sang opera classics, hits from the musicals and wartime favourites including Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover at High Peak Council’s sheltered accommodation at Hartington Gardens, Buxton.

Roll up for the BIF Roadshow’s magical mystery tour

Stars more used to singing in the world’s leading opera houses will soon be performing in a village hall near you as Buxton International Festival (BIF) takes a taste of its 40th anniversary programme on the road.

BIF is bringing the glitz and glamour of opera right to your doorstep in a rolling roadshow which will stop at venues in the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales with a grand finale in Buxton’s newly-restored Octagon.

“It’s a magical tour aimed at taking the mystery out of opera,” said Festival Chief Executive Michael Williams.

New Creative Project Brings Coding To Life

Derby-based regional orchestra and Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva has launched an innovative creative project that will use the power of music to bring coding to life for young people across the city.

The project, entitled ‘AlgoRhythms’ is Viva’s latest annual creative project in partnership with Rolls-Royce plc and Derbyshire Music Education Hub to take a creative approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

The story of circles ...

Walking in Circles’ is a collection of paintings and drawings by Sue Lewis-Blake that will be exhibited at the gallery during February. They are part of an on-going project inspired by some of the stone circles found in the peak district – the nine ladies circle in particular. 

What's coming up... and can you help?

Have you considered volunteering at the Barn? 

Over the past four years the Barn has become a community hub in the heart of Dronfield – hosting all sorts of events, activities and local groups. Our Heritage Lottery Funding has now finished and 2019 will be the first year the Barn has to be fully self-sustainable – meaning our Volunteers are more important than ever!

Derby Museums-February Half Term: What's On

This Spring half term, Derby Museums have activities to inspire the whole family.

Get inside the mind of Leonardo da Vinci by creating your very own 'Leonardo inspired' works of art - play and learn in our Pangolin activity day celebrating our nature gallery mascot - or have a go at making musical instruments, taking inspiration from our interactive World Collections Gallery. 

 

Tickets Available For Two Great Music Events...

New Mills Festival and Spring Bank Arts Centre are very pleased to announce that The Askew Sisters, the acclaimed English Folk Duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music, will be performing at Spring Bank Arts Centre on Friday 12th April 2019. The gig will be the first in a series of collaborations between New Mills Festival and Spring Bank Arts Centre.

Roll up for the BIF Roadshow’s magical mystery tour

Stars more used to singing in the world’s leading opera houses will soon be performing in a village hall near you as Buxton International Festival (BIF) takes a taste of its 40th anniversary programme on the road.

BIF is bringing the glitz and glamour of opera right to your doorstep in a rolling roadshow which will stop at venues in the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales with a grand finale in Buxton’s newly-restored Octagon.

“It’s a magical tour aimed at taking the mystery out of opera,” said Festival Chief Executive Michael Williams.

FORMAT19: Open Call Award winners announced

FORMAT19 is delighted to announce the winners of the Open Call Awards.

It has been a difficult job to choose just one project as this year's entries to the festival Open Call have been of such a very high calibre but the decisions have finally been made and taking the top prize in the FORMAT19 Award is Casey Orr's portrait series Saturday Girl.

Portfolio Review Awards

Cash prizes, editorial commissions and a 20 print portfolio are just some of the amazing awards that will be presented to the winners of the FORMAT19 Portfolio Review Awards.

The prizes will be presented during the FORMAT19 Grand Award Night on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm.

There are places still available with our expert reviewers, so make sure you book your review to have a chance of being selected for one of awards.

Fringe40 Buxton Art Trail Could Be Biggest Yet!

Applications are now open for this year’s Buxton Art Trail which will return during the first weekend of the Buxton Festival Fringe on Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7.

Organisers are hoping for an extra special event for this year’s 40th Fringe with plenty of applications from artists and venues before the closing date of April 22nd, 2019. An even wider variety of artists, designers and makers, both professional and amateur, look set to exhibit in their homes and studios as well as other venues in the town.

SERGEI PODOBEDOV – THE PIANO LIVE !

Russian born classical pianist SERGEI PODOBEDOV plays his second concert in Belper.
Following a sell out concert in September, Belper based Sergei Podobedov plays his second show in
his adopted home town at the Strutt Centre, Derby Road, Belper on 23 February.
The musical programme features
Beethoven's 'Apassionata', Chopin Sonatas and Liszt Sonata Number 6.

MORRISONS IS SEARCHING FOR THE NATION’S LOCAL FOODMAKERS

Morrisons continues its search for a new wave of local foodmakers to provide locally produced food to its customers.  

‘The Nation’s Local Foodmakers’ campaign will see Morrisons aim to recruit new suppliers from across England, Scotland and Wales. The campaign has already seen 153 local suppliers working with Morrisons since it started in 2017. 

Miranda Sykes 2019 Solo UK Tour

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out:

One woman, one bass, and one guitar.

Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: ‘Behind The Wall

A stroke of genius at Derby Museums

A special exhibition commemorating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death opens at Derby Museum and Art Gallery tomorrow, featuring 12 of the Renaissance master’s great drawings from the Royal Collection.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Project – New Mills Art Theatre

London’s famous West End, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, announced to the press that it’s iconic auditorium seats will find new homes in three regional volunteer-run venues as part of Drury Lane’s 20 month refurbishment project.

These seats - including those from the Royal boxes have already been packed, collected and transported to New Mills thanks to H Crabtree Limited.  To say we are excited is an understatement!

Project eARTh call out for artists

Opportunities for freelance artists : deadline 4th March 2019

Background:

Project eARTh (Environmental Art and Health) is a project is for adults experiencing mental distress or other long term conditions or physical impairments. 

We run projects in which the participants work collectively to create artworks – usually  for the community – installed in public spaces, indoors or out.

Each project is led by an experienced professional community artist, supported by mental health staff and volunteers.

"Reflecting Fridas " by Ana Maria Lines

On Friday the 1st of March, at 7.15pm in the Imperial Rooms, Imperial Road, Matlock, DE4 3NL

In anticipation of International Womens Day on the 8th March we bring you 'Reflecting Fridas'. The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo are the inspiration for the show created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines. Frida's soul echos in many of us. Frida's diversities, love, injuries, suffering were the subject for her work An unique life , an exceptional woman.

Creative Journeys Shortlisted For National Award

A pioneering music project, involving Derby-based orchestra of the East Midlands Sinfonia Viva, has been shortlisted for a national award.

‘Creative Journeys’ has been a partnership between Orchestras Live, Essex County Council Cultural Development team, Sinfonia Viva, Green Candle, Age Exchange,  Magic Me and Anglia Ruskin University.

It has involved creative workshops at care homes in Essex and was designed to develop relationships between older people, care workers and their surrounding communities.