June 2019

Sinfonia Viva Joins International Gender Balance Pledge

Sinfonia Viva, the Grammy-nominated East Midlands’ professional orchestra has joined an international pledge to gender parity.

Viva is one of more than 200 music organisations who have committed to the Keychange 50/50 pledge alongside organisations such as English National Opera and the Barbican.

Keychange is a pioneering international initiative, led by PRS Foundation and supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022.

Hardwick's first ever BioBlitz 28-29 June 2019

For those of you who aren’t aware, a BioBlitz is a great outdoor, family event where expert naturalists and members of the public work together to do a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in a natural space. Hardwick’s BioBlitz event is a celebration of all things wild and is open to everyone to join in & help us to record as many wildlife species as possible during the 24 hour period.

Charmian Hughes: What-Not

A brand new comedy show from Best Comedy Nominee Buxton Fringe 2016

                            20th and 21st July 2019 at 8.30pm The Green Man Gallery

                                                Hardwick Square South, Buxton


                        What-Not: a word for things overlooked and abandoned

What-Not: a set of shelves for all your what-nots

What-Not: the word for people there isn’t a word for

Local Buxton REC Youth Theatre Company are taking THREE shows to the Buxton Festival Fringe

This year REC Youth Theatre will be returning to the Buxton Fringe Festival with three exciting shows!


‘SMALL FRY’ by Neil Duffield

Performed by our Young REC-ers (performers are 6-10 years of age)

Imagine a time and place where rules are simple and few: take what you want, trust no-one and all that matters is money. In this time and place of predators, scavengers and dragons, can the Small Frys beat the bullies and change the rules?
St Thomas More School 15, 16 Jul 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Construction Competition Success

Derby College Group (DCG) apprentice Jack Ellis (pictured left) has clinched a silver medal in the national finals of the Guild of Bricklayers skills competition held in Liverpool.

Jack Ellis (18) from Brailsford, who works for Neil Building and Joinery Services, qualified for the prestigious competition after winning the regional senior competition held recently at Grantham College.

DCG Chosen as SEND Centre for Excellence

Derby College Group (DCG) has been chosen as one of three Centres for Excellence in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) under a new national programme.

DCG will work alongside The Education and Training Foundation (ETF), City College Norwich and Weston College on the Department for Education (DfE) funded programme.

A new show about women in music.

A tale of growing up, finding a voice, and listening to Joni Mitchell records.

Heading to Buxton Fringe this summer.


By Genevieve Carver & The Unsung

Theatre | Spoken Word | Music

Winners for Excellence in Spoken Word, Buxton Fringe 2017




Adventure seekers can experience the great outdoors at the annual Adventure Fest held at Pleasley Vale Outdoor Activity Centre – and it’s all free!

Mountain biking, climbing, laser quest, KMXing, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and a whole host of countryside activities will be on offer as Bolsover District Council stage their annual Adventure Fest on Sunday 14 July 2019.

The Council’s Extreme Wheels Roadshow will also be there hosting activities such as BMX biking, skateboarding, BMX sidehacks and slacklining.

Peak District Artisans’ Art & Design Fair

Buxton’s Great Dome Art and Design Fair is returning to the Devonshire Dome this summer, with a new visitor engagement opportunity.

Peak District Artisans’ (PDA) annual event showcases a wide range of affordable, original art by local artists, providing insight into the region’s creative talent.

Witty Drama Returns To Buxton Fringe After World Cup Clash

A witty drama about falling in love and falling apart returns to Buxton Fringe one year on from their World Cup clash.

“We took “Between Us” to Buxton Fringe in 2018, and two of the three performances coincided with the World Cup semi-finals!” said Sheffield actress Rachel E. Thorn. “The whole country was gripped by football fever.”

Fairfield Band to perform Fringe40 commission!

Fairfield Band is to perform a special piece of music commissioned by Buxton Festival Fringe to mark its 40th year.

The work by Charles Kitchen will be performed by the brass band during the occasion of the crowning of the Wells Dressing Festival Queen on Sunday July 7 at St John’s Church at 3.15pm.

Entitled The Victorians, the piece reflects changes that affected the town during that era following the growth of the railways and the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution.

An Audience With Yasmine Day

Venue: Underground, Water Street, Buxton

When: 5th and 6th July at 4pm. 7th July at 7pm


Meet failed 80s diva and Dorking's most successful pub singer Yasmine Day. A self-proclaimed superstar, Yasmine (character comedian Jay Bennett) boldly attempts to revive her flagging career with a last ditch effort to pull off shoulder pads and a cabaret extravaganza with the help of her loyal fans (AKA the audience!)


The Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir Est:1903

St Mary the Virgin & All Souls Church, Highbury Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 9AD


Present a concert by

The Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir Est:1903


Saturday 29th June 2019, 7.30 p.m.


Enjoy a special evening of choral music and talented soloists from the oldest Male Voice Choir in the East Midlands

LEVEL's Summer Exhibition and Open Studio

Come along to see, explore and create visual artwork in our custom built gallery and studio.

Drop in between 10.30 and 12, or 1.30 and 4. Sessions are completely free but please RSVP to imogen@levelcentre.com to let us know that you are coming.

For more information, feel free to give us a call on 01629734848.


Level Centre Limited

Old Station Close

JustOut Theatre Presents: White Nurse

White Nurse is set in a world similar to our own, but with one key difference… L.A.R.C: The rehabilitation centre with a difference. Layla begins her journey to conquer her addiction with eight doses of medication. These eight doses are the key to her overcoming an unhealthy relationship but it’s harder than it seems. By combining physical and emotional addiction, Layla hopes her medication will make her fall out of love with her boyfriend Joe. Over the course of these eight

doses we see Layla battle with her Nurse and remember the relationship that brought her here.

Cast Vs Crew – a uniquely chaotic performance combining improv thrills with theatrical flare

Budding new theatre group Foolish Bandits are bringing their brand-new show Cast Vs Crew for its festival debut at the Buxton Fringe Festival 2019. The show sees the Cast attempt to perform an audience-chosen fairy tale while the Crew of techies throw everything they’ve got at the Cast to try and stop them. The show sees many unexpected twists and turns as both teams attempt to outdo the other using a mixture of improv skills, theatre know-how and (most importantly) sheer determination.


Derby Concert Band’s next concert is on Saturday 13 July 2019 at 7.30pm at Landau Forte College, Fox Street, Derby DE1 2LF. This will be a particularly special concert with guest soloist, trumpet and cornet virtuoso, Roger Webster



BAT2019: the Buxton Biennale, the fifth Buxton Art Trail is the biggest yet! The hugely popular Buxton Art Trail will return during the first weekend of Fringe40 on Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7. BAT is all set to celebrate Buxton Fringe’s 40th year with a trail of art and wonderment across the town.



Buxton-based composer Paul Cromford is flying audiences to the Moon for the town's Festival Fringe … not once but four times. His new show, 'The Ancient Pull', described as a 'Moonstruck song-cycle', will be performed at the Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton on 15th, 17th, 21stand 23rdJuly, 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

Buxton Military Tattoo 2019

Buxton Military Tattoo



Saturday 6th July 2019

Celebrating our tenth year

Inside the magnificent Devonshire Dome, Buxton


Performances at 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm


Pollyanna Captures The Spirit of the Jaguar

The work of the late Derbyshire Wildlife Artist Pollyanna Pickering will be celebrated in an exhibition to be staged in her private gallery at Brookvale House Oaker Matlock Derbyshire DE4 2JJ (AA Signposted) from 22nd – 30th June.

Isa Bonachera: The Great Emptiness

A stand-up show about impossible dreams and the weirdness of the cosmos.


Dates and venue: 12 July (17:30) and 21 July (22:00) at Underground, Old Clubhouse, Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN 

Age: 14+

Duration: 1 hour


Forthcoming Exhibition - Constructs of Colour

Constructs of Colour

Michele Bianco - Nick Grindrod - Susan Laughton - JFK Turner

I'm extremely excited to bring together four exceptional artists for ‘Constructs of Colour’, a perfect Summer show of vibrant, modern and colourful works, with over 30 pieces of work available at the gallery and online during the exhibition - online catalogue available shortly.

Safe and Sound Unveil Future Plans To Transform More Young Lives

Local charity Safe and Sound has unveiled innovative plans to expand its work that supports and protects children and young people from the devastating damage that sexual exploitation has on their lives.

Safe and Sound, established since 2002, is the only local charity focused on transforming the lives of children and young people who are victims of or at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation, commonly referred to as CSE.

Derby College Group Celebrates Peak Performers

Derby College Group’s annual Peak Awards was a double celebration this year. As well as students from colleges across the group receiving awards in recognition of their hard work and achievements, DCG marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the historic Roundhouse.

Call out for Eagle Engine stories for the new Museum of Making

In September 2020 Derby Museums will open the new Museum of Making in Derby featuring, at its heart, some astonishing objects that have shaped the world in which we live. One of the stand-out objects is the Eagle Engine, which helped to power the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown 100 years ago on June 14th and 15th 1919.

Special Opening Night at New Mills Art Theatre!

Opening nights are always special – but on Friday, 21st June, the performance of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at New Mills Art Theatre, marks the first musical to be produced on the Art Theatre stage since the wonderful refurbishment of the auditorium, featuring the golden velvet seats gifted from Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. 


Our attitudes to nature will soon seem Dickensian, says writer

How we abuse the natural environment will soon be viewed with the same kind of horror now reserved for slavery or child labour, explains one of the nation’s foremost nature writers.

Mark Cocker, whose last book Our Place was a call for a revolution in the way we protect our natural world, is bringing together fellow writers at Buxton International Festival to consider how literature can change attitudes towards the environment in the same way that Charles Dickens’ novels once challenged Victorian values.

A chance to win 2 tickets to Chatsworth Country Fair and BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim!

To be in with a chance to win two free tickets to both Chatsworth Country Fair (30 Aug – 1 Sept) and BBC Countryfile Live, Blenheim (1 – 4 Aug) will just take 10 minutes of your time!!


We are undertaking a short visitor economy business survey and would greatly appreciate your input.  Feedback from surveys such as this are invaluable for us to be able to demonstrate the importance and value of the visitor economy to the area.  Your responses will help us bid in for future funding to be able to support and grow the sector further.


Writing for Wellbeing workshop with Leonie Martin. Saturday 6th July 10:30 - 12:30 at Chesterfield Library.

Try Writing for Wellbeing at Chesterfield Library. Using a series of fun and engaging prompts, you’ll be encouraged to unlock your imagination and put pen to paper. Working within a safe and respectful space, therapeutic writing can open the door to new voices, ideas and points of view that widen and deepen our own perspective, as well as offering a sense of achievement. No previous knowledge or experience of writing is needed, writers of all levels of experience are welcome. You should be aged 18 years and above. All writing materials will be provided.


Lantern Procession Tickets On Sale Sat 8th June!

New Mills Festival is very pleased to announce details for the Lantern Procession Finale Saturday 28th September 2019!
The spectacle returns this year as a TICKETED EVENT with a suggested minimum donation of £1 per person. The introduction of tickets, and timed entry, will go some way to help fund the event and ensure the experience is a positive one for the large number of people taking part.

The Knife Angel is coming

Derby has been chosen to be one of the cities across the country to host the National Monument Against Violence and Aggression - the 'Knife Angel'.

The spectacular 27ft sculpture, made from up to 100,000 bladed weapons collected in knife banks during police amnesties across the country, will be based next to Bondholder Derby Cathedral for 28 days in October.

DCG Secures Further Funding To Boost Technical Skills

Derby College Group (DCG) has been chosen as one of 54 colleges and training providers to recruit and train new FE teachers and improve links with industry in key technical areas.

DCG will be among the first colleges to offer T Levels from September 2020 in the areas of childcare and education, digital, engineering and construction.

Sinfonia Viva Flying High With New Board Chair

Former airline boss Tony Davis has been appointed Board Chair of Sinfonia Viva – the Grammy-nominated East Midlands’ professional orchestra - to drive forward its ambitious growth plans.

Mr Davis first became involved with Sinfonia Viva almost 15 years ago when he was managing director of bmibaby. The Castle Donington-based airline supported Viva’s tour of Ireland in 2005 including a performance in Cork as part of the official European Capital of Culture programme.

Wet weather scuppers Broomfield Hall Open day June 16

An open day at Broomfield Hall in Morley on Sunday June 16 has been cancelled due to the weather.  Fields that were due to be used for visitor parking are waterlogged and a decision has been made to cancel now to provide enough notice to the public.

Artcore June Newsletter

Hello from Artcore,

June is set to be a busy month for us here; we have plenty of engaging workshops and activities planned for you all. 

You’ve spring cleaned, now it’s time to summer spruce! Come on down to our new cycle of Monday and Wednesday workshops with Nicki Dennett and Victoria Brown. Explore painting and printing and make some patchwork cushions and lavender bags to decorate your home with.

Kinder Choirs Press Release

Award-winning choir thrill with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

For one night only the High Peak’s award winning ‘Kinder Choirs’ will thrill the audience at Buxton Opera House with a stunning arrangement of songs by Freddie Mercury and Queen.

SOAPBOX RACER – a new play by Ben Schwarz

Ben Schwarz presents Soapbox Racer - a new play about love, loss and connecting with your inner daredevil.

When the love of your life dumps you for your best friend, do you sit down and take it? No! You race down a hill, in a matchbox on wheels, and invite them to watch! That'll definitely win both of them back!

Won't it?

New Mills Art Theatre - Goes NUTS!

‘Peanuts’ - the comic strip world of Charlie Brown, his friends and beloved dog Snoopy - is brought to the stage by talented actors in the Broadway musical ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ at New Mills Art Theatre 21st to 23rd June.


Opera features obsession Hollywood had to leave out

Buxton International Festival’s new opera about the life of the fifth Duchess of Devonshire will tackle an obsession which the Hollywood film version of her life barely touched.

Keira Knightley, who starred in 2008’s The Duchess, had hoped the film would be able to include the drama of Georgiana Cavendish’s gambling addiction and the massive debts she ran up at the gaming tables of Georgian high society which she scandalised and fascinated in equal measure.

Success of Somercotes Salvation Army Annual Plant Fair and Coffee Morning

On Saturday 11th May, Somercotes Salvation Army, held its Annual Plant Fair and Coffee Morning, which was very well attended and greatly enjoyed.

This was the sixth year the Plant Fair has taken place and raised a record £800.00, with all profits from the sale, as last year, benefitting Anidasofie (House of Hope), Kokomlemle, Accra, Ghana, where Captain Vicky Owen was previously based for six years before moving to Somercotes.




          After three years of fundraising Andy Mayer's sculpture / memorial 'Sacrifice' will be unveiled at 1:30pm on 30 June in Belper's Memorial Gardens.

          On the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle Of The Somme, fourteen men from Belper died, almost all within the first thirty minutes as machine gun fire cut them down as they left the trenches.        

Derby Festé Returns

Family-friendly Derby Festé has been a key feature in the Derby festivals calendar for the past 13 years and returns to the city streets this on Friday September 27 and Saturday September 28.


Festé attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the city centre over the two-day festival which features performers from across Europe in a celebration of street entertainment including dance, contemporary circus, music and comedy.


Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Awarded MBE

The Chief Executive of East Midlands’ professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to arts and culture.

Peter Helps has been at the helm of the Derby-based Orchestra since 1995 – steering it through challenging times.

Over the past 20 years Sinfonia Viva has gained national recognition for high quality classical music in diverse settings from major venues to village halls and for its innovative education and community work.


Sheffield’s silver-tongued septuagenarian Sheridan Shacklethwaite warmly invites you to accompany him on an illuminating, alternative tour of Poole’s Cavern, as part of this year’s Buxton Fringe Festival (3-24 July 2019).


Luke Evans Bakery rewards loyal customer of more than 70 years with free bread and cakes for life

Derbyshire baker Luke Evans Bakery has rewarded a customer who has been visiting its shop for an amazing 73 years with free bread and cakes for life.

Eileen Hibbert first began buying bread and baked goods from the bakery in Greenhill Lane, Riddings, at the age of nine when she moved into a house just a few yards away with her parents.

Now 82, she’s still living in the same house, still buying her bread and cakes from the bakery, and has never bought loaves from anywhere else.

Brain Rinse - A radical approach to audience participation returns to Buxton

2018 Buxton Spirit of The Fringe Winner Returns

Last year’s Spirit of The Fringe winner returns and it’s bigger and better than ever. Extensively re worked after last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Brain Rinse is a madcap, bizarre comedy one-man sketch show with a cast of thousands. Performer Mike Raffone performs in this ultimate immersive show, which contains traces of audience participation – starring him, directed by you. There’s war, mountaineering, a sex cult where the members are not allowed to touch each other, and a spiritual journey to discover one’s ‘inner ninja’.

Organist hopes dream will rise from the ashes

A national prize for her contribution to music means organist Zorada Temmingh has one big ambition left: to play the organ in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral when it is restored after this year’s devastating fire.

Zorada, who brings her ground-breaking performance inspired by the Cathedral to Buxton International Festival in July, received the Andrew Murray Federation of Afrikaans Culture (FAK) last week for her contribution to sacred music.

Foundation Derbyshire Funding Workshop

Foundation Derbyshire Funding Workshop - for groups operating in Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.

Thursday 20th June 10:30am to 1:30pm at Holmgate.

Foundation Derbyshire will be running a workshop giving Derbyshire based community groups the opportunity to gain an insight into the work of the Foundation. By the end of the interactive session you will hopefully have an understanding of how to apply to the Foundation and have a range of hints and tips for success: