Sculptor Rachel tours the region

Sculptor Rachel Carter, who is now based at the Ferrers Centre in Staunton Harold is in the middle of an artist-in-residence tour of the region. She has already shown off her fascinating work… Continue reading

Review: Calamity Jane, Buxton Opera House

Seeing a 1950s American musical in a British opera house makes perfect sense – it makes clear the lineage from opera to musical. Let’s not get into arguments about how good the music… Continue reading

Meet the artists this weekend

The month of May wouldn’t be the same in Derbyshire if artists didn’t open their studio doors to the public. For the past nine years thousands of people have flocked to the county… Continue reading

Music Festival plans for Glossop

This summer’s Glossop Music Festival will be launched on June 24 with a school’s concert with the Glossop Festival String Orchestra directed by Matthew Truscott (pictured). The concert will include Telemann’s The Frogs… Continue reading

Plan your Buxton Festival day out

As if we are not lucky enough, living in this beautiful county, we are also blessed with the annual arts feast which is Buxton Festival. Now hailed as not just a local, regional,… Continue reading

Review: Unforgettable, Guildhall Theatre, Derby

How do you dramatise a subject like dementia? Writer Tim Elgood chose to pack his play with both side-splitting humour and candour so blunt it made you gulp. It’s possible you might get… Continue reading

Review: The History Boys, Buxton Opera House

Alan Bennett is a superb storyteller and this is his work at its best – a wonderfully crafted script that mixes humour and pathos with a compelling storyline. The History Boys has been… Continue reading

Ann Bates – ceramicist

The moment Ann Bates first felt clay in her hands at an evening  class was to change her life. “The sheer joy I felt was such that I knew I had found what… Continue reading

Nick Lukey – photographer

Having an adventurous streak has its advantages if you want to capture the perfect picture that others may miss. Photographer Nick Lukey is not shy of taking a few risks in life, so… Continue reading

Glossop photographer creates costume

This amazingly beautiful picture is made all the more impressive when you are told that the costume was painstakingly created by the photographer behind the camera. Shirley Winterbottom, who is a member of… Continue reading

Opera Babe performs in Belper

The Belper Arts Festival has scored something of a coup by persuading international singing star and Opera Babe Karen England to perform in the town. Not that she needed much persuading, it turns… Continue reading

History Boys at Buxton

In a recent survey The History Boys was voted the nation’s favourite play. If you haven’t seen it yet now’s your chance, because it is coming to Buxton Opera House this month. Dubbed… Continue reading