Classical music reviews by Mike Wheeler

Derwent Singers, St Mary’s Church, Derby, 27.6.15 ‘Baroque in the Summertime’ was the strap-line on the publicity for the Derwent Singers’ latest concert, but ‘Bach the Borrower’ was the underlying premise. Original versions… Continue reading

Artsbeat shortlisted for award

Artsbeat magazine has been shortlisted for the 2015 Midlands Media Awards Magazine of the Year. The magazine won the award last year just a year after being launched. Can we make it two… Continue reading

Bluegrass singer at Buxton

Described by Dolly Parton as one of the ‘sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business’, GRAMMY nominated bluegrass singer Claire Lynch is set to entertain in Buxton in August. Claire… Continue reading

Guided tour of Harley Gallery exhibition

Visitors to The Harley Gallery can follow in the footsteps of  the Welbeck Estate’s own Cavendish-Bentinck family in an intimate guided tour by curator, Gareth Hughes, as he describes the adventures of an… Continue reading

Buxton Festival Fringe award winners

One of the biggest and busiest Buxton Fringes concluded on Sunday with an emotional Awards Ceremony at the Old Clubhouse. Chair Keith Savage welcomed performers and supporters, paying tribute to a notable absentee,… Continue reading

Gilbert and Sullivan back at Buxton

It wouldn’t be summer in Buxton if there was no Gilbert and Sullivan production. And so after last year’s disappointment when the National Festival moved out after nine years in the town, The… Continue reading

Peter Aitchison, travel photographer

Like a cat with nine lives – that’s travel photographer Peter Aitchison. He has faced challenges that would see most of us crumble, but he just brushes himself down and heads on to… Continue reading

Can you help festival to continue?

Derby Arts Festival, which has been held annually for 107 years, is aiming to keep the show on the road by finding new sponsors and volunteers. They are appealing for help from the… Continue reading

Q&A with Alvaston actor Buckso Dhillon-Woolley

Buckso Dhillon-Woolley is currently in the cast of the Bend it Like Beckham musical in the West End. For how long have you been performing? I’ve been an actor since 2008. How did… Continue reading

Summer reading ideas

Members of Matlock Book Café which meets at the town’s library have come up with some great suggestions for summer reading. They have picked books that will hold your attention, entertain, inspire and… Continue reading

Open air theatre at Markeaton Park

Derby’s newly refurbished Markeaton Park will take centre stage in the city’s Love Parks Week celebrations this year. There will be open-air theatre, opera, workshops and shows for children as well as the… Continue reading

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at Opera House

There will be a three-date residency with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at Buxton Opera House later this year. The centrepiece will be a concert directed by the acclaimed violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin, offering… Continue reading