September 2018

Matlock Music

The first concert of the new season will be next Friday 28th September. It will be by the Bulgarian pianist Cristian Sandrin. 

The concert will as usual be at 7 30 at the Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, Matlock.

Admission £12 at the door or £48 for the season.

September Shenanigans!

Hope you all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to all things autumnal! We would like to think we can help with the transition.
We are preparing to open the doors for our monthly jamboree between the 21st - 23rd  so come and get your fix of Designate! It is also a chance for us to showcase the venue as a beautiful and versatile space to hire.


The Importance of Digging Holes: The Great War and More by “Harp & A Monkey”

Harp & A Monkey, the award-winning electro-folk music and storytelling trio, is performing “The Importance of Digging Holes”, to mark the ongoing centenary of the First World War. The show features both original songs and re-workings of traditional tunes of the day. The band strives to challenge stereotypes of the conflict, and focuses heavily on forgotten aspects of the war (from the horror of being a postman, to the role of musicians) and also on the forgotten men - those ex-servicemen who came home, and their families.

Join us for the Revolution!

We're counting down to The (not so) Quiet Revolution of Kindness which premieres at Derby Festé on Saturday 29 September
Inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) movement, our show makes a bold statement about how we can change our own lives and others’ lives through small gestures of kindness.

FREE Rapper Sword Workshop

October 4th 2018 

Times:  Arrivals from 4.30. Sessions starts at 5pm ends 6.30pm

Venue: Guildhall Club Rooms Derby Market place.

To reserve places contact or 07446343114

As an extra bonus, those booking places will be eligible for reduced priced (£4 plus £1 booking fee) tickets for: 

Derby LIVE concert Thurs Oct 4th

The Rising Will Leave Audiences Awestruck

Déda presents a dynamic piece of contemporary dance with a live score inspired by Fijian culture.
Join Heather Walrond Company at Déda for an uplifting, visceral double bill of dance and live music exploring what makes people feel truly alive! The Rising draws on influences of Fijian culture, ideas of community, vulnerability and feelings of surrender.
Featuring originally composed music by multi award-winning musicians Will McNicol and Luke Selby, dramaturgy by Chris Fogg and lighting design by Tim Hardy, experience this dazzling display of raw energy, passion and vigour.

Lost explorer's archive to be revealed

The archive of a fabled arctic explorer from the East Midlands who disappeared 170 years ago is to be rediscovered thanks to our £25,000 grant.

Important papers relating to Sir John Franklin, who led the ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror to discover the Northwest Passage are to be brought to life by our Record Office in Matlock following the grant from Archives Revealed.

Franklin’s ships set off in 1845 with 129 men on board.  After two years of no contact, many expeditions were sent out to find them.

Derby Festé is Back

The countdown is on for the return of the annual Derby Festé on Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 September when more than 30,000 people are expected to turn out to the city streets to enjoy a feast of free entertainment.

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The line-up will include 22 UK and international companies performing in the city centre as part of their world-wide festival season.

Inquisitive Family Fun With Sinfonia Viva

Derby-based orchestra Sinfonia Viva has created a new interactive family concert entitled ‘Wait..What?!’ which they will perform for the first time on Sunday October 28 at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Development Centre in Wilmore Road starting at 2pm.

Following the success of Viva’s sell-out ‘The Boat & The Blue’ and ‘Where’s That Monster’ shows, ‘Wait... What?!’ will explore some of the biggest mysteries asked by curious children everywhere.

The Great Austerity Debate

The Great Austerity Debate is a forum theatre piece touring Derbyshire in October.

16th October – Chesterfield Library Theatre

7:30pm 01246 209219

17th October – Holy Trinity Church, Shirebrook

7pm 01623 748577

18th October – Village Hall, Youlgreave

7:30pm 01629 828215

19th October – Peel Centre, Dronfield

7:30pm 01246 418122

Tickets Click Here

Autumn at the Barn...

Following the success of previous shows, Dronfield Hall Barn are delighted to welcome back Vulcan Varieties to the Barn! They are bringing us a brand new show - which includes a WW1 concert piece - initiating our programme of events to mark the cententary of the end of The Great War. 

Tea and coffee is included in the ticket price, other drinks including wine are available to buy. 
Friday 21st September, 7.30pm
Dronfield Hall Barn
£6 members (£8 non-members)


Broomfield Hall Gardens Open Day

Visitors to Derby College’s Broomfield Hall on Sunday September 23 will have the chance to tour the Victorian gardens that inspired local volunteers to clinch a Silver medal at this summer RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Northern Chamber Orchestra Soloists

Saturday 22nd September 7.30pm start


In this concert, leader and Artistic Director,   Nicholas Ward, presents three string quartets by Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven.

Tickets: All £15

Tickets now available for our Annual Tourism Conference 2018


Tickets now available for our Annual Tourism Conference 2018


Key note speaker announced!

It's that time of year again! Our Annual Tourism Conference will be taking place in October and we are delighted to announce Julia Bradbury as our key note speaker.


Félix Rabin - Special Guest on Wishbone Ash XLIX UK Tour

The French 23 year old singer-songwriter and guitarist was inspired by musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pink Floyd.....his style embodies these influences and blends contemporary Rock in many of its guises, with inventive riffs and moody melodies.  

Lino Printmaking Class. 13th & 14th October.

There are a few remaining places on this two day, weekend class. Why not have a weekend away in Derbyshire and learn this wonderful process of printmaking, fantastic for making Christmas cards, presents for friends, pictures for your own walls..or just for the pure joy of creating something!

Details and bookings at

Jeremy James Ceramics

‘Out of the Cage’ by Alex McSweeney

This all women play was inspired by the munition women of Silvertown, London during the First World War, Out of the Cage tells the story of women’s courage, dignity and hope, fired in the crucible of war.

Early spring 1916, before the slaughter of the Somme, munitionettes all over London met in secret to decide the fate of thousands of fellow co-workers.  Their choice was simple: stand up to the belligerent attitude of male workers and an intractable government or forever be seen as second-class citizens of the Empire.

Some dates to remember

Tideswell Community Players present Gail Young's Bothered and Bewildered in the magnificent surroundings of St John's Church, Tideswell from Thursday 25th October – Saturday 27th October.

It is a comedy drama about one woman's struggle with Alzheimer's. The play, directed by Rob Puckett, follows Irene and her two daughters Louise and Beth as the girls lose their mum in spirit but not in body.

A play about memory, loss and love by the writer of Cheshire Cats, very successfully performed by TCP a few years ago.

Don't miss it!

Lark in the park

A summer afternoon of family fun in
Derby Arboretum, DE23 8FR
Sunday 16th September 2018, 12 noon-4pm

HILL Project UK

As part of this years Wirksworth Festival Performance Programme, Town Hall Events, on
Thursday the 20th of September, HILL, the story of One Derbyshire Hill will be re-told with a
difference! HILL, was exhibited at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery earlier this year, attracting
thousands of visitors in record breaking numbers. Because of this response, the entire story of a
working Derbyshire Hill is moving to London Town early next year to be exhibited at the
Copeland Gallery in Peckham, opening on the 21st of February 2019. But now is your chance to


Dawn Turner is an Ilkeston based artist who was brought up in, and has strong family ties to, the area. She works with local schools and community groups, although her studio practice is primarily in glass.

Dawn first explored the technique of fusing about twelve years ago and has been hooked on glass ever since. She loves to share her enthusiasm for glass through making, exhibiting, learning and teaching.


Matlock Storytelling Cafe

Imperial Rooms

Imperial Road



Doors Open 6.45pm

Stories commence 7.30pm On Friday the 5th of October

Tickets £7

Matlock Storytelling Cafe would like to invite you to join us as we welcome our first guest storyteller of our new season, the amazing Michael O'Leary. Mike is based on the south coast and will be visiting Matlock for one night only in order to bring us his spellbinding performance of....


The Duffield Arts Festival 2018

The Duffield Arts Festival is now in its third year and is going from strength to strength. The objectives are clear and remain the same as they have from the outset, these are, to:
• Bridge the community gap. Young and old are encouraged to take part together, to enjoy one another’s company and have fun.
• Increase participation, get those who wouldn’t normally be involved with the arts to be actively involved. Whilst highlighting local creativity.
• Help the village to be vibrant, have a real buzz about it.


Are you feeling depressed and anxious, struggling to cope with the stresses and
strains of modern life? Why not join us at Long Eaton Library for our NEW writing
for well-being sessions? Research confirms that writing expressively is therapeutic,
relaxing and good for you, boosting self-confidence and feelings of well-being,
Whether you’ve never written anything but shopping lists before, or been a secret
scribbler for years, come and be inspired by music, location, colour, language,

Save the date- ‘‘Delivering Writing Workshops’ with Emma Pass

Ilkeston Library

Saturday 9th March 2019, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Are you a writer interested in starting to facilitate writing workshops or perhaps you are an experienced facilitator looking to refresh your skills and share exercise ideas with fellow writers? In this session we will cover the nuts and bolts of planning and running a creative writing workshop, with practical exercises for you to have a go at. We'll also discuss what to do when things don't go quite as expected.

An Evening with Derbyshire Crime Writer Sarah Ward

Monday 15th October, 7.30 pm to 8.45pm

Glossop Library

Derbyshire Libraries presents an evening with local crime writer Sarah Ward. She has written 4 crime novels, all set in the Derbyshire Peak District and featuring DC Childs. Sarah will talk about her writing and follow up with a Q & A session.

Her latest title is "The Shrouded Path" .

The Derby Conference Centre to help people celebrate Christmas in style with two more dates for its 1920s themed Christmas Parties

Christmas plans are already underway at The Derby Conference Centre. By popular demand, the Centre is excited to be taking Christmas party bookings for the first time since 2015, and to celebrate, plans to transport guests back to the 1920s in their Art Deco style building for a 1920s extravaganza.

The Derby Conference Centre first announced six 1920s nights in May and the parties quickly generated a lot of interest on social media, resulting in the six initial dates being completely sold-out!

Derbyshire Patient Watchdog Shortlisted For National Award

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent consumer watchdog for health and social care services in the county, has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of how it involves volunteers and other people in its work.

The awards are run by national body Healthwatch England to showcase the achievements of the UK-wide network of organisations in ensuring health and social care services meet the needs of local communities and that people’s views are heard.

Folk Inspired Classical Music Concert Features In Derby Folk Festival

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva – the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra – will perform at this year’s Derby Folk Festival with a classical music programme inspired by folk heritage.

‘Forever Folk’ at the Guildhall Theatre on Friday October 5 at 7.30pm will be directed by Orchestra Leader and Principal Violin Benedict Holland.

The toe-tapping programme starts with the raw energy of Bartok’s ‘Romanian Dances’ – inspired by the traditional music played in villages across Transylvania which the composer used to record on wax cylinders.

Derbyshire farm shop Croots recognised in national magazine awards

Award-winning Croots Farm Shop has been shortlisted in The Great British Food Awards 2018 for four of its products.

Previously the popular Derbyshire farm shop was highly commended in the 2016 Great British Food Awards for its homemade Derbyshire Pasty and in the 2015 awards the Croots homemade Bakewell Tart was crowned the overall winner in the sweet bakes category – flying the flag for one of Derbyshire’s famous food products.

Run by national magazine Great British Food, the awards this year had an unprecedented number of entries.

High Peak Community Arts

Finance and Administration Manager

P/T (40% FTE)

Permanent Post

£27,358 - £28,221 pro rata plus Company Pension.

The Finance and Administration Manager will:

Be responsible for financial management and the administration of the organisation’s infrastructure, including ensuring that the Board of Trustees meets its legal obligations.

“Off The Cuff” in Concert by “Off The Cuff”

Saturday 29th September 2018 - 7:30 pm


Crich Glebe Field Centre (DE4 5EU)

Enjoy an evening of great music from one of the Midlands top covers bands, Off The Cuff.

Off The Cuff has been entertaining people with its music for over thirty years. 

Culture Cares Conference

How arts and culture are making a positive impact on the lives of young people in and leaving care
Supported by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and in partnership with the Family Arts Campaign
Derby Theatre Tuesday 30 October, 10.30am – 5.30pm During Care Leavers’ Week
Arts Council England’s Chief Executive to speak at conference.



These are some of the subjects being discussed at the 5th Arkwright Society’s Industrial Revolution Conference taking place on Saturday 29 September 2018.  Leading experts on the Industrial Revolution will join us at the iconic Cromford Mills to give their views on the time when Britain changed dramatically, and what this meant for all workers.

A Rare Opportunity to hear Cwmbrân Male Choir and Support the Poppy Appeal

St. Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, DE55 1AN

Saturday 29 September 2018, 7.00 p.m.

On Saturday 29th September, at 7.00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Church, The Green, Swanwick, DE55 1AN, Cwmbrân Male Choir shares the stage with the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir and guest Tenor, Jason Darnel, in a concert arranged to support the Poppy Appeal.


One week to go: Home-grown talent leads the way at this year’s Wirksworth Festival

Final preparations are being made as Wirksworth Festival 2018 gets underway 7 – 23 September. Now in its 24th year, the Festival is an annual two-week celebration of contemporary art, performance, music and the community in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales.

This year’s Festival is very much about home-grown talent, recognising the huge pool of talent that resides in this part of the country; they are joined by some great artists and performers from across the country and abroad.

New museum exhibition recalls ancient Derbyshire atrocity

A new display at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery will commemorate the victims of a massacre in Derbyshire 2,600 years ago.

The multi-sensory exhibition, called Lullaby of the Larks, has been created by composer Amanda Johnson and artist Richard Johnson during their 2-year artistic residency at our only museum and art gallery.

Life drawing session - Sunday 16th September

Monthly Life Drawing at StraightCurves. Life model is Stuart ,the untutored session starts at 10am and will finish at around 12.30pm, including a 30 minute break part-way through.

Refreshments are available and included within the price but you are welcome to bring your own along if you wish. The session costs £12.50 and you will need to bring your own drawing materials and equipment along for use during the session.

Dance Theatre Uncovers the Real Story of Romeo and Juliet

Lost Dog present their brand new show ‘Juliet and Romeo’ at Déda this autumn on Thursday 4 October at 7.30pm. The critically acclaimed performance sees Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, having survived but now in their 40s, in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

World Premiere of 'Will Ye go to Flanders' comes to Spital Arts

Devised by well known singer & musician Lester Simpson and Chesterfield musician Nigel Corbett.  A completely new show as part of the commemorations of the end of World War 1.

This event will be hosted at Spital Arts on Friday September 21st at 7.30pm

Doors at 7pm and tickets are £10 from;

01246 220741

A World Premiere of this performance forming part of the commemorations of the end of World War 1.

Could you design Buxton Fringe's 40th programme cover?

Following this summer’s successful bumper Buxton Fringe, organisers are already planning for next year’s eagerly awaited 40th Fringe and have announced a new, open-to-all art competition to create the 2019 programme cover.

The Fringe has a reputation for spectacular covers with 2018’s programme using a vibrant design from artist Joanna Allen of New Mills, winner of last year’s Fringe competition.