What’s on this month

Exhibitions and galleries

Anvil Gallery, 11 Old Blacksmith’s Yard, Derby

This gallery owned by artist April Young features work by among others Andrew Macara, Mark Gordon and Steven McLoughllin. Go to anvilgallery.co.uk for more details.

Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton 

The Gallery is the home of the High Peak Artists group. Situated at the heart of the Pavilion Gardens it contains the work of 43 artists and craftspeople from the High Peak. They have just welcomed three new members, textile artists Royal Edge and Anne Davies and wildlife artist Laura Slade. Go to galleryinthegardens.co.uk for details.

Banks Mill, Bridge Street, Derby

FORMAT19 exhibition by graduates from the University of Derby, until April 12.
Emily Smalley – Spirited Away an exhibition of Japanese inspired wall hangings, April 22-May 17. Read more about Emily on page 40. For more details go to banksmill.co.uk

Baslow Pottery, Ivy House, Nether End, Baslow

The ceramics gallery displays original work from more than 20 local artists. Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30am-5.30pm and 11am-5pm on Sundays and bank holidays. More details at baslowpottery.co.uk.

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

The Legacy of Radio Buxton – 20 Years On! March 30-June 2. Preview: March 30, 2-4pm. Meet the Artists: April 9, 2-4pm and May 21, 2-4pm. Steve and Paul Jenner, the two brothers who founded the station curate an exhibition featuring reconstructions of the original Radio Buxton studio. 

Chatsworth House, Chatsworth

The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth, until October 6. A display of paintings and objects; from letters, snuff boxes, jewellery, sculpture and ceramics to tapestries, drawings and painted ceilings which celebrate the Cavendish family’s centuries-old relationship with dogs.
Star works from Constable, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Landseer sit alongside contemporary pieces by Lucian Freud, Jeff Koons, Antony Gormley and Elisabeth Frink. In the garden the artist Ben Long has been commissioned to create an eight-foot-high scaffolding sculpture of a dog. More details at chatsworth.org

Church Farm Art Gallery, Baslow

The gallery is a showcase for both professional and talented amateur artists. Owner Norman Tomlinson, exhibits his own work, and others such as Caroline Appleyard, David Alderman, Mike Connley and Judy Tomlinson. Open Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm. Go to churchfarmgallery.co.uk for details.

John Connolly’s Ormscliffe Studio-Gallery, Bolsover

More than 300 original paintings are on show at this personal studio and gallery in Bolsover. Go to connollyart.com for more details.

Cromford Gallery and Studio, Market Place, Cromford

The featured artist in April is Penelope Timmis, more details on page 28. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to cromfordstudioandgallery.weebly.com for details. 

The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford

Falling Skies, a solo exhibition by Robert Twigg, a new artist to the gallery. Open 11am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sundays. Telephone 01433 630458.

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Five photographers exhibit work as part of the FORMAT19 Forever//Now  International Photography Festival, until May 11. More details at deda.uk.com 

Duffield Gallery, 7 Bridge Street, Belper

Work by James Preston, Colin Halliday, Phil Dyke, Lynn Smith, Peter Watson, Frank Wright, Jenny Aitken, Robin Mason, Ruth Gray, Mark Fox and Martin Davis. Open Thursday-Saturday, 10.30am-5pm and Sundays, 11am-3pm. For more details go to duffieldartgallery.co.uk

Ferrers Gallery, Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Staunton Harold

Down The Garden Path, an exhibition that celebrates the beauty of our gardens, March 29-June 16. For details go to ferrersgallery.co.uk

FORMAT19 International Photography Festival, various locations, Derby

FORMAT19 takes place in Derby unitl April 14. The biennial festival incorporates QUAD, The University of Derby, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Déda, Market Hall, BEAR, Artcore, St Werburgh’s Chapel, Pickford’s House, Eagle Market Intu, The Tramshed, Banks Mill, Furthest From the Sea and Unfold Arts. The festival also includes Derwent Valley World Heritage Sites, Market Place and satellite venues. For more details go to formatfestival.com

Gallerytop, Rowsley

A solo exhibition by Rex Preston, April 6-28. Read more on page 25. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. More details at gallerytop.co.uk 

Gallery 23, Union Road, New Mills

The gallery, open 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, exhibits travel photography by Peter Aitchison and mixed media work by Christine Ormsby.
For more information about workshops and exhibitions go to gallery23.co.uk

The Gallery, High Street, New Mills

The gallery is run collectively by 30 artists and showcases a variety of work including paintings, jewellery, silk scarves, ceramics and feltwork. Open 10am-4pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday. 

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The Green Man Artists and Guest Designer Makers – vibrant contemporary art.
The Spring Gathering Open Exhibition 2019, until April 24. A celebration of the huge variety of original 2D and 3D work created in the region, this year showcasing the work of almost 50 artists from the Peak District and its borders.
On April 6 you will be able to seen some of the artists at work from 11am to 3.30pm.
Derbyshire Artists’ Guild Group Exhibition – Compelling work in a range of genres by the recently formed Derbyshire Artists Guild. There will be a launch evening on April 26 from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The exhibition runs until May 22. For further information contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375

Glossop Embroiders’ Guild, Carriage House Cafe, Chatsworth

A fresh collection of newly-stitched artworks inspired by Chatsworth House and Gardens, until April 22. The cafe is open daily 10am-4pm. Further information: http://www.glostitchedup.blogspot.com 

Hall of Frames, King Street, Belper

Original and limited edition artwork from a variety of artists. More details at hallofframes.co.uk 

The Hallam Art Group Exhibition, Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

May 4-6, 10am-5pm. Free Exhibition Refreshments available. Go to hallamartgroup.wordpress.com for more details.

The Harley Gallery, Welbeck

re-Collecting by Sylvie Franquet. Belgian artist Sylvie Franquet has drawn inspiration from the huge variety of objects collected by the Dukes of Portland and their families, in particular by their illustrious female members.
A multi-media collage artist, a re-collector, Franquet’s fine art practice spans needlework, textile and rock sculpture, collage and sewn herbariums.
For more details go to harleygallery.co.uk

High Stone Gallery, 2D Via Gellia Mill, Bonsall

Featuring work of photographer Ian Daisley, this gallery displays a range of beautiful fine art prints of Derbyshire and The Peak District, along with other areas of the UK and beyond. There will be open weekends throughout the year.
The next one is April 19-22. For more details go to highstonegallery.co.uk 

Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby

The gallery is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-5pm and weekends from noon-5pm. Various exhibitions will be staged during the year. Go to ingleby-gallery.co.uk for details. 

Isla Fine Art Cards and Gifts, 4b The Colonnade, Buxton

A gallery and gift shop with a beautiful range of work. Go to Isla–Fine Art on facebook for more details.

Jarva Gallery, Market Street, Whaley Bridge

The gallery exhibits about 90 per cent British designers’ and artists’ work. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.30am-5pm, Wednesdays 9,30am-3pm, and Saturdays, 9.30am-4pm. For more details go to jarvagallery.com.

Leabrooks Arts Complex, Somercotes

Johanne Danielle and Lesley Linley, have joined forces to exhibit their work from April 6-May 3. It represents a wealth of experience and a range of skills which are translated into some awe-inspiring images. You can read more about Lesley’s work on page 9 of the online edition. Johanne’s mixed media abstracts pay homage to a very personal spiritual journey. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am-3.30pm on Sundays. Wednesdays by appointment only. Details at leabrooksartscomplex.com

The Manger Gallery, Kings Newton, Melbourne

All Fools, April 1-29. An exhibition featuring the image of the Fool in the work of Michael Cook, also with pieces by John Rattigan and Sarah Sharpe. Plus there will be playful sculptures by Paul Smith. Go to mangergallery.co.uk for details.

The Old Lock Up Gallery, Swift’s Hollow, Cromford

Reflected Silence, exhibiting the work of Cornish artist Louise McClary throughout April. The bold and vibrant exhibition of paintings are abstracted works from Louise’s natural surroundings in Cornwall – the rural landscape directly outside her front door and the creeks with estuarial mud flats that lie nearby.
Louise will be hosting an artist’s talk on April 27. Visit theoldlockupgallery.org for more details.The gallery is open 11am-5pm, Friday through to Sunday. 

No28, Market Place, Belper

Wirksworth artist Pat Shenstone  is showing paintings at No 28 Belper, until April 12. For opening times go to No28’s facebook page. Pat can be available at other times by appointment, email her at patshenstone@btinternet.com.

The Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery, Pilsley, near Chatsworth

The gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. More details at richardwhittlestone.co.uk 

Rob Wilson Art, Lockside Mill, St. Martins Road, Marple 

The gallery is open to visitors every Friday, 10am-4pm. Go to robwilsonart.co.uk for more details.

Royal Derby Hospital, Level 5 and London Road Hospital, Derby

Innovate, Spring/Summer Exhibition by local artists celebrating Derbyshire’s Industrial Heritage. It runs until October.

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne

New Beginnings – a special spring exhibition from April 13-May 4, featuring a selection of work by artists, including Anna Thomas, John Connolly, Maggie Robinson, Zoë Marsh, Louise Jannetta, Janet Mayled and many more. This exhibition will celebrate the joys of spring as expressed by various artists, each with their own colour palette and individual techniques. An explosion of colour and awakening of nature expressed in a variety of media and techniques. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. For more information go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

Two Birds Gallery, Borough Street, Castle Donington 

The April exhibition is NHS Moments by Paul Warren – this series of drawings relates to a subject that most of us will experience sooner or later; a visit to hospital, either as a patient or a visitor. Paul draws on an iPad, producing numerous figurative images on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis. Ask him why and he replies that he enjoys the creative process. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday.

U Choose Smoothie Art Gallery, Ilkeston

Original work by local artists and crafters. Work by more than 20 local artists can always be seen at the gallery. For more details go to uchoosesmoothie.co.uk 

Wirksworth Framing Company, 22 Market Place, Wirksworth

A family-run framing business that exhibits work by a mixture of local artists and prints by nationally renowned artists. Work by Iain Mackay, Scott Naismith, Jo Grundy, Richard Pett, Sam Tofts, Alex Clarke and Thomas Joseph. Go to wirksworthframing.co.uk for details.

West Studios, Chesterfield

An exhibition by the Studios’ Young Contemporaries will be staged on May 11. See more above. The gallery always has gifts and cards. Go to chesterfield.ac.uk or email hello@weststudios.co.uk for details.

Theatre

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

Romeo and Juliet, High Tor Players, April 27, 7.30pm.Tickets from ticketsource.co.uk/bakewelltownhall

Belper Players, Strutts Centre, Belper

Jim Cartwright’s gritty play Road, will be performed from April 10-13 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. For tickets go to belperplayers.com or call 07544 374088. Suitable for the over 16s only.

Derby Theatre, and Derby Theatre Studio, Derby

The Jungle Book, details above.
The Remains of the Day, April 23-27.
Mission Abort, April 12, 8pm.
An Indian Abroad, April 13, 8pm.
Raze Up, April 27. A development day (11am-5pm) with networking (6pm-7.30pm) and a Raze Up Performance Showcase at 8pm. A professional development day for queer artists of all disciplines.
National Theatre Connections, April 30-May 4. Derby Theatre hosts the East Midlands festival of youth theatre. Details at derbytheatre.co.uk

Live & Local, various locations

Tangram Theatre, Team Viking, Dronfield Hall Barn, May 9, 7.30pm, tickets 01246 41812.
St Leonard’s Mission Church Spital, Chesterfield, May 11, 7.30pm. tickets 01246 220741.
For details of all shows go to liveandlocal.org.uk

Comedy

No28, Market Place, Belper 

Ship of Fools Comedy Night, April 6, 7.30pm, booking essential on 07804 563371.

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, April 5, 8pm, Bill Woolland and Jeremy Flynn.
Stewart Francis, Into the Punset, April 14, 8pm.
Russell Kane, April 26, 8pm. See more details on page 54 of the online edition.
Julian Clary, Born to Mince, May 5, 7.30pm.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk 

Funhouse Comedy Club

The Blessington Carriage, Chapel Street, Derby
Philip Simon, Tony Wright, Andrew Thompson, Josh Baulf and Alex Love with compere Spiky Mike, April 15.
Gar Murran, Scott Bennett, Tom Rhys Evans, Graeme Coulam, Dave Bibby and compere Spiky Mike, April 29. Book tickets for all Funhouse Comedy shows at funhousecomedyclub.co.uk

Spoken word

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Conrad Anker, Hold Fars: Yosemite to Everest to Meru, presented by Speakers From The Edge, April 5, 7.30pm.
Saba Douglas Hamilton, A Life With Elephants, April 13, 7.30pm.
Tickets: buxtonoperathouse.org.uk

Buxton Crescent Heritage Trust Buxton Pump Room, Buxton

Swimming In Opium – Georgian Ladies Experience The Crescent. Talk by Dr Peter Collinge, April 17, 6-7pm. Dr Collinge’s talk explores the fascinating experiences of aristocratic Georgian visitors to Buxton, the spa treatments they had, the Assembly Room events they attended, the food and wine they drank and what they thought of the town.
Pump Room Fashion Parade – Edwardian and Victorian show Hope House Costume Museum, May15, 7-9pm. A Fashion show featuring original Edwardian and Victorian costumes featured on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 TV with commentary from nationally renowned costume collector and expert Notty Hornblower.
For tickets contact the Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190. Details at buxtoncrescenttrust.org

Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich

Crich resident, Andy Parkinson is one of Europe’s most successful Wildlife Photographers. He is a feature contributor to National Geographic magazine, and produces regular photo features for some of the world’s most prestigious magazines. Andy is the UK’s most prolific feature contributor to BBC Wildlife magazine. His talk will feature many of his images. April 27, 7.30pm. Tickets from ticketsource.co.uk/date/578337.

Derby Poetry Society

Monthly meetings on the second Friday of the month. Room 3, Friends’ Meeting House, Derby, 7.30pm. Contact Gina Clarke on 01773 825215 for details.

Matlock Storytelling Cafe,
Imperial Rooms, Matlock

An evening of Elemental Stories from, two of Matlock’s most celebrated local tellers, Helen Appleton and Rachel Murray, who will be delighting the audience with stories of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, April 5, 7.30pm, doors at 6.45pm. For more details go to matlockstorytellingcafe.co.uk

Scrivener’s Bookshop, High Street, Buxton

Book Club, first Wednesday of every month 7-8pm. Everyone welcome. Call 01298 73100.
Storytelling Sundays: the second Sunday of the month, from 2-3.30pm, telephone 0129871622.

Dance

Buxton Opera House, and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Claire Dobinson School of Dancing, Fascinating Rhythm, April 16, 7pm and April 17, 2.30pm.
Remembering the Movies, Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette Manrara, from Strictly Come Dancing on tour with a brand new show, May 2, 7.30pm.For more details go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

History of Ireland from Moxie Brawl, April 26. Looking at stereotypes from leprechauns and nuns, to Michael Flatley’s mother, nothing is left unsaid as Moxie Brawl re-write the history of Ireland in this loud, thoughtful musical.
Over the Moon presented by Hurly Burly Company, 11am, 1pm and 3pm on April 27. An interactive musical adventure for your baby For tickets go to deda.uk.com

Sensational Salsa, The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Relaxed salsa dance classes are held on Tuesdays upstairs at The Old Clubhouse, in Buxton. Beginners 7.30-8.30pm. Improvers 8.30-9.30pm. Contact Sensational Salsa on 07811 100191 for details.

Miscellaneous

Buxton Festival Fringe, Buxton, 

Buxton Fringe has had a huge surge in entries compared to the same time last year. At the close of the discounted ‘earlybird’ entry period, there were 107 entries compared to 62 at the same stage in 2018.
The final deadline for the printed programme is April 21.
Comedy treats already booked include Accomplished Ladies – a period drama sketch show, multi-award-winning Alasdair Beckett-King, the irresistible Charmian Hughes and a laugh-a-minute Laurel & Hardy cabaret.
Theatre is also looking strong with the return of Debbie Cannon’s Green Knight and Third Pier’s Old Bones plus eagerly-awaited productions such as The Suitcase, the Beggar and the Wind from award-winning Gare du Nord Theatre and explosive historical drama. Go to buxtonfringe.org.uk for more details.

New Mills Festival, New Mills

After a year concentrating on volunteer recruitment and fundraising, 2019 will see the return, of a full New Mills Festival programme with the Lantern Procession Finale, Art Trail and Big Weekend, from September 13-29. The theme this year is The Elements: Earth, Air, Water and Fire.
If you would like to take part, run an event, submit to the Art Trail or volunteer to help out you can find full details at newmillsfestival.co.uk. 

Music

Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

The Carpenters Story, April 11.
The Take That Experience, April 18.
Let’s Hang On, April 19.
The Drifters, April 21.
That’ll Be The Day, April 28.
Tubular Bells For Two, May 7.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Derby Arena, Derby

Elvis World Tour, May 17.
The world’s largest George Michael celebration, Fastlove, returns on May 16. Ed Barker, George Michael’s saxophonist from the Symphonica Tour, will be joined on stage by George Michael’s backing singer and 2015 X Factor finalist Anton Stephans.
Fans of the film Bohemian Rhapsody will love seeing performances on the big screen brought to the stage in Killer Queen, May 18.
Magic of Motown, June 8. For tickets for all shows go to derbylive.co.uk

Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

The Story of Guitar Heroes, April 5. For tickets go to chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk

Queen’s Head, Belper

Pete Castle, May 4.
During Dementia Awareness Week, there will be a night of music and words with proceeds going to Derbyshire Dementia Alliance. It features Kingfisher Blue, Gez Addictive, Chris Butler and Sophie Sparham, May 11, 7.30pm. For more details and dates of other gigs go to queensheadbelper.weebly.com 

Folk and Jazz

Alstonefield Village Hall

Eleanor McEvoy, Gimme Some Wine tour, April 6, 8pm
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner (tenth Anniversary Tour), April 19, 8pm. See more details on page 47 of the online edition.
For tickets go to alstonefield.org or  wegottickets.com

Old King’s Head, Days Lane, Belper

Belper Folk Club, every Tuesday at 8.30pm. For more details check out their facebook page or go to belperfolkclub.co.uk
Black Dog Radio Presents: Blue Rose Code with support from Katie Spencer, April 12. For tickets go to black-dog-radio.com. 

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Tom Paxton and The Don Juans, April 20. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more details.

Chesterfield Jazz, Club, Chester Street, Chesterfield 

Georgia Mancio, award-winning jazz singer, April 18. For gig details go to chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com.

Derby Jazz
Vula Viel, April 5, The Cube Deda, Chapel Street, Derby.
Flying Machines, April 13, Baby People, Derby.
Partisans, May 10, Baby People, Derby. Go to derby-jazz.co.uk for details.

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Jake’s Progress: An Evening Without Jake Thackray, April 13. The foremost interpreter of Jake’s songs in the UK, John Watterson, performs a celebration of this unique singer songwriter.
Barry Nisbet: A Bright Ray of Sunshine, April 27. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and fiddler from Shetland, was first seen at the gallery performing with Tildon Krautz in 2017. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets from barrynisbet.com
Full details at thegreenmangallery.com

Live & Local, various locations

Don Kipper in Concert, traditional music of North East London, April 4, 7.30pm. Details at melbourneassemblyrooms.co.uk
The FB Pocket Orchestra, West Hallam Village Hall, April 12, 7.30pm, tickets from 01159303340 and Whitwell Community Centre April 13, 8pm, tickets 01909723490.
The Froe, April 13, 7.30pm, Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich, With sweet vocals soaring over shimmering strings, this hauntingly good quartet weaves together folk roots and classical influences to realise music that is as imaginative as it is beautiful. Tickets from ticketsource.co.uk/date/526913
Tell Tale Tusk, All Saints Church, Bradbourne, April 24, 7.30pm, tickets 01335390080; Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, April 25, 7.30pm, tickets 01663 308202 and The Verney Institute, Pleasley, April 27, 8pm, tickets 01623 810035.
For more details go to liveandlocal.org.uk.

Oxfam Jazz Breakfast, Medway Centre Bakewell

Oxfam Jazz Breakfast. Bakewell Medway Centre April 7, 10.30am-12.30pm. Tickets from Bakewell Book and Gift Shop, The Medway Centre or phone Jude on 01629 815469, Di 0n 01629 812104 or buy on the door.

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

Acoustic sessions with guests second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Go to folkandblues.wixsite.com for details.

Peak Concerts Matlock

Tom McConville Band, April 20, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale. For tickets go to peak-concerts.co.uk

PR promotions various venues

An evening of folk, fun and frivolity with Malcolm Stent, plus Mad Jocks and Englishmen. Celebrate St George’s Day in style with great British songs and humour.
Old Bell Hotel, Sadler Gate, Derby, April 20, 8pm, tickets from derbylive.co.uk, or 01773 853428.
The Unfinished Violin, Sam Sweeney with Rob Harbron, Jack Rutter, Patsy Reid and Ben Nicholls, Derby Theatre, May 5, 6pm. Read more details on page 45 of the online edition. Tickets from derbytheatre.co.uk or 01773 853428. 

For details of other shows go to prpromotions.org.uk

New Mills Arts Festival, Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills

The Askew Sisters, who are making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk musi, are the first performers in a series of collaborations to raise funds for the 2019 festival. April 12, doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £15 at the door. Limited tickets are available online at newmillsfestival.co.uk

Classical Music

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

Trio Anima, April 3. Matthew Featherstone, flute, Rosalind Ventris, viola and Anneke Hodnett, harp.
Chetham’s School of Music, April 24. For details go to abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

Town Hall Chamber Series starts on March 31 with the Selkova String Quartet. With music from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Dvorak. Caroline Pether and Ed Pether – violin; Anna Brigham – viola and Jonathan Pether – cello.
Details from bakewelltownhall.co.uk

Belper Singers, Christ Church, Belper

From Sunset to Star Rise, directed by Olivia Shotton, a selection of sensuous contemporary choral music, with an evening theme, April 13, 7.30pm. including Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen, Alec Roth’s Star Gazer and Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby and Water Night.
For tickets email belpersingers@gmail.com or call 07990 658071. For more details go to belpersingers.webs.com

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Coffee Concert, Dolce Flute Quartet, April 5, 1pm.
Peak District Music Centres, Grand Gala Concert, April 7, 6pm. Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Buxton International Festival Roadshow Grand Finale, The Octagon,Buxton

A sneak preview to the Festival’s 40th anniversary programme, including a duet from the world premiere of Georgiana about the scandalous life and loves of the Fifth Duchess of Devonshire, April 4, 6-7pm. Tickets from  buxtonfestival.co.uk

Chesterfield Library

Chris Flint, who has been playing piano in the Chesterfield area for 40 years, is celebrating this milestone with a solo recital at Chesterfield Library on April 6, at 11.45am. Chris has been the regular accompanist with Chesterfield Gilbert and Sullivan Society for 30 years. Currently Chris also accompanies Holymoorside  Choral Society, Matlock G&S Society and performs with Chesterfield Operatic Society and for Chesterfield Studios.

Derby Chamber Music, Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby

Marmen String Quartet, Haydn: String Quartet in C, Op.74 No.1; Glass: String Quartet No. 3 and Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132. April 26, 7.30pm. Details at derbychambermusic.org 

Derby Cathedral, Derby

Derby Bach Choir Spring Concert, April 6, 7.30pm. The main work, is a marvellous fusion of the Canticle of the Creatures of St. Francis of Assisi with the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, to create an evocative sound landscape.
The joyful anthems by Handel and Parry, and the girls of Derby’s Voices with pieces from their own repertoire complete the programme.
The conductor is Richard Roddis and the choir will be joined by the Derby Bach Orchestra led by Derek Williams. Tickets from Foulds Music Shop, Derby, 01332 344842, or from derby-bach-choir.com
Derby Choral Union, April 13, 7.30pm. Celebrate the joys of spring with Vivaldi’s Gloria and Beethoven’s Mass in C. They will be joined by the Central England Camerata who will also be performing the Overture to Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. This will be Richard Dacey’s final concert and will celebrate the 15 years he has been their musical director. Tickets are available on the door, from DerbyLIVE and .dcu.org
Wendy Kirkland – Piano Divas, April 27, 7.30pm.
More details from derbycathedral.org

Derby Central Library, Derby

Searching For Tchaikovsky by Sinfonia Viva, April 17, 7.30pm.
The second part of an exploration into the world’s most famous composers, curated by Sinfonia Viva’s principal conductor Frank Zielhorst and featuring clarinet soloist Chris Swann. You will be able to experience the larger-than-life sound of the orchestra in the wonderfully intimate, quirky and beautifully-lit setting of Derby’s historic and enchanting Central Library.
The evening features Finzi’s jaunty clarinet Concerto, brought to life by the wonderful talent of soloist Chris Swann.
Mozart’s haunting and profound fugue is followed by Arensky’s most popular work, an ode to Tchaikovsky’s mastery of music. Tchaikovsky’s highly celebrated and well-known Serenade for Strings brings the evening to a rapturous close, an absolute landmark in his career and music history.
More details at sinfoniaviva.co.uk

Derwent Singers, St Mary’s Church Darley Lane, Derby

An evening of sacred music for the season of Lent and Passiontide. The programme will include music from the English and Scottish Renaisssance and Bach’s double-choir motet Komm, Jesu, Komm, March 30, 8pm.
For more details go to derwent singers.co.uk

High Peak Orchestra, New Mills Town Hall

Mozart, Symphony No 32 – an overture symphony, slight, but powerful and energetic.
Bruch, Violin Concerto No 1 with soloist, Iona McDonald – the ever popular essence of Romanticism.Schumann, Symphony No 4 – his most original; inventive and full of flowing melodies. Conductor Patrick Gundry-White, April 6, 7.30pm.Tickets in advance from Jen Dale 07786782192 or on the door. Supporting Blythe House Hospice

Matlock Music, Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Matlock

The Ridgeway Ensemble, April 12. The Ensemble are Judith Sheridan, voice, Margaret Richards, cello, Daniel King-Smith, piano and William Winfield, reader. More details at matlockmusic.org

Music at Duffield, Saint Alkmund’s Church, Duffield

A4 Brass Quartet, April 13. Doors open at 7pm.Note different venue from normal. For more details go to musicatduffield.com

Peak Music Society, St Peter’s Church, Edensor

Musicante Quintet, April 9. Go to peakmusicsocietybtck.co.uk for more details.

The Pleyel Ensemble, Methodist Church, Market Street, Chapel-en-Le-Frith

Afternoon tea concert, Sunday March 31, 3pm, Sarah Ewins (violin) Harvey Davies (piano) Heather Bills (Violoncello) perform Piano trios by Haydn, Frank Bridge and Schubert.
More details at pleyelensemble.com

Sitwell Singers 

German Sacred Music, St Nicholas Church, Allestree, March 30, 7.30pm.
Tickets can be booked via sitwellsingers.org.uk

Workshops and Courses

Artcore, Charnwood Street, Derby

Every Wednesday – Clay course for beginners, 6-8pm. For details email info@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561.

Anna Massey, Weekly Painting and Drawing Classes

Various venues in and around the Peaks. Several courses in New Mills, Stockport and Sheffield, including painting and drawing classes: Wednesdays 9.30am-11.30am, New Mills; and Wednesdays 1.15pm-3.45pm, Hazel Grove. For more details go to annamasseyartist.com or call 07947380078

Anne Alldread Textiles

Weekly Textile Groups, Monday pm and Wednesday am in Belper.Small groups with an emphasis on having fun while creating.
A variety of techniques to include wet felting, dyeing, tapestry, printing and much more. Full day workshops also available. Please contact Anne for further information at annealldread.com or on 07817745705

Bob Neill, Pyrography Tuition, 10 Long Croft, Aston on Trent

One-day courses and group workshops. Contact Bob on 01332 792036 or visit bobneillpyrography.co.uk for details. 

Elizabeth Blades, art tuition, Studio 4:2, Banks Mill Derby

One-to-one tuition with artist Elizabeth Blades.For further information and details of how to book a session email elizabethlouieblades@gmail.com.

Chesterfield Branch Embroiderers’ Guild

First Thursday of each month 7-9pm The Saints Parish Rooms. St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TH. Go to embroiderersguild.com 

The Clayrooms, Derby Road, Ashbourne

Various courses, workshops and drop- ins. Go to theclayrooms.co.uk for more details.

Cromford Studio and Gallery, Market Place, Cromford

Watercolour tuition is available for small groups or on a one-to-one basis, all abilities welcome. Call 01629 826434 for more details.

Derbyshire Adult Education

n Various courses available at different venues including the Derbyshire Eco Centre, near Wirksworth and Sharp’s Pottery at Swadlincote as well as libraries and other centres.
To book a place call 01629 533290, email swadlincote.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or go to the website, derbyshire.gov.uk/coursesearch keyword ‘masterclass’.

Esther Tyson Screenprinting workshops,  Via Gellia Mills, Bonsall

Gain a basic knowledge of screenprinting. All equipment and materials provided. Contact esther.tyson@network.rca.ac.uk for more details.

Glossop Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Glossop Cricket Club, SK13 7AS

n Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month, 1-3pm. Go to glostitchedup.blogspot.co.uk for details.

Green Door Printmaking Studio, Banks Mill, Derby

Screen Printing for Beginners, April 4, 11, 18 and 25.
Photopolymer Etching, weekend course, April 6 and 7.
Woodcut, one of the oldest relief printmaking techniques, April 13.
Screen Printing with Monotype, short course, April 13 and June 15, 11am-3pm.
CMYK Screen Printing, weekend course, April 27 and 28. Concessions and student discounts available. For more details and to book online, visit: greendoor-printmaking.co.uk or call 07919 823 097.

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Life drawing, a weekly session for artists at any stage with a professional life model, Tuesdays, 7-9pm.
Adult Dance Classes: Every Thursday, dance for fun and fitness. 7pm tap dancing, 8pm ballet/body conditioning. For information or to book, call Catherine Farrimond, on 01298 70984.
Carnival Puppets Workshop, April 13. Join Two Left Hands to create puppets large and small to be carried in this summer’s Buxton Carnival Parade. Details and times at facebook.com/twolefthandsbuxton
For further information and booking for other courses contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 unless otherwise stated.

High Peak Stitchers, Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, North Road, Glossop

Meetings first Wednesday of the month, from 2-4pm, visitors’ entrance is £4. 

John Connolly, Ormscliffe Studio, 16 Langwith Road, Bolsover

Acrylics and mixed media tuition is available for very small groups or one-to-one. All abilities welcome. More details at connollyart.com or Call 07967 316622.

Kirstie Adamson, magazine collage, Banks Mill, Derby

Rainy Day, April 27.
Bluebell Woods, May 18.
Seascapes, June 22.
Go to kirstieadamson.co.uk for more details.

Viveka Bowry, Life Drawing Classes, Strutts Centre, Belper

Life Drawing group (non-tutored) with yoga poses to draw, first Wednesday of month, 10am-noon, £12-15. Contact Viveka on 01629 258362.

Leabrooks Artists Forum, Somercotes

Artists sharing information, ideas and enterprise. Meetings are on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30am-1pm. Beverages and cake cost £3.50, if required, everything else is free. Painters, sculptors and potters who have experience of exhibiting are invited to join the group. Go to leabrooksartscomplex.com for more details.

Lesley Linley Watercolours

Weekly class beginners/improvers, Saturdays 1pm-3pm for six weeks, starting soon, Smalley Institute. £60 for Art Group members, £72 non-members. Also hoping to run a class at Strutts, Belper, soon, please enquire.
Email lesleylinley1@gmail.com or text/phone 07919 465222. 

Louise West Lace Design, 6 Friar Gate Studios, Derby

Evening classes in bobbin lace making, Tuesdays 6-8pm.
One-day bobbin lace workshops for a maximum of ten students, £30. The next ones are April 10 and May 11.
Louise also holds Bedfordshire Lace weekend courses the next one is April 20-21.
Go to louisewestlacedesign.co.uk for booking details.

Lin Cheung at The Old House Studio, Torside, Glossop

Colour, Collage and Texture in Abstract Painting with Lin Cheung, Monday June 24. 10am-4.30pm. This follows on from the introduction to abstract painting session. It is an expressive workshop about releasing creativity by experimenting and learning techniques of mixing media. For details contact Lin at linc-art.com

Matlock Artists’ Society, All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street

The club’s Portrait Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am-noon. Everyone welcome, £5 to include light refreshments. For details contact Doreen Andrews 01629 824640.
At the same venue, on the second Thursday and fourth Friday of every month, the society invites all keen to paint/draw in a happy, relaxed group to go along. This is a self-help group with no tutor, 9.30am-noon. For details 01629 584708. 

The Old Lock Up Gallery, Swifts Hollow, Cromford

Life drawing Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm weekly £12.
Sketch Group Mondays 7pm – 8.30pm weekly £6.50.
Booking essential. Go to the website for further information theoldlockupgallery.org

The Old House Studio, Woodhead Road, Torside, Glossop

Art courses in the Peak District. Top UK Artists. For more details visit pennine-art.uk Tel: 01457 857527, email: info@pennine-art.uk

Pam Smart, Art Workshops in the Studio with a View, Buxton

Full day workshop from 10am-4pm with materials and refreshments.
Sea Gems, April 6.
Garden Impressions, May 11.
For details go to pamsmart.co.uk 

Pitchblue Creative, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth

Full day workshops from 10am-3.30pm with lunch, a half day is until 1pm. You can choose one day or two. There are also regular weekly courses. Go to pitchbluecreative.com for details. 

Pauline Townsend Silk Painter

Workshops for beginners and improvers in Buxton. Workshop schedule available on the website: silkpainter.co.uk

Richard Holland, Landscape Artist

Regular one-day workshops held at The Venue, Ashbourne and Tansley Community Hall, near Matlock.Weekly oil and watercolour classes in the Mansfield, Matlock and Selston areas.
Contact Richard on 01629 583359, email richardo2244@yahoo.co.uk or visit richardhollandlandscapeartist.co.uk

Sew Need A Drink, Via Gellia Mill, Bonsall, sewing classes with Louise James

Easter Holiday Family Sewing Classes, April 18 and 25. Learn to sew with your child (aged 8+) Learn how to use a sewing machine.
n Intermediate evening sewing classes for adults, make a Yoga Mat Bag, April 3.
Make a machine embroidered dog bandana and treat bag with poo bag dispenser, April 11, for adults.
More details at sewneedadrink.co.uk

Small Print Company,
2-3 Friary Street, Derby

Various courses including Creating a Letterpress Print, Introduction to Letterpress, Print a Poster, Coptic and Japanese Bookbinding, Calligraphy and Adana Workshops. Details of all the courses and their prices can be found at smallprintcompany.co.uk

StraightCurves, 104 Saltergate, Chesterfield

A range of arts and crafts workshops and courses from drawing and painting to mosaics and beading, for all ages and abilities from accessible studios in Chesterfield.
There are also regular events see details below. Book online at straightcurves.co.uk 01246 807575.

Woolly Wednesdays – every Wednesday, 10am-12.30pm and 6.30-9pm. All arts and crafts are welcome at this session.
Little Creatives – a workshop designed especially for pre-school children and their parent, every Friday and Monday 9.45-11am.
Book Club – 7-8pm on the third Thursday of the month, refreshments included.

St John Street, Gallery, Ashbourne

Liz Wellby, exploring digital drawing and painting, April 1 and 2.
Lewis Noble, sketching and painting the Derbyshire landscape en plein air, April 8-10.
Wendy Darker, Derbyshire Gritstone Sheep, April 11.
Louise Jannetta, collagraph plate making and printing, April 15 and 16.
Sue Lewis-Blake, black and white drawing techniques.
John Connolly, Trees, Woodlands, Forests, April 29, 30 and May 1.To book, phone 01335 347425 or email enquiries@stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk.
Storer Farm Landscape Painting Courses, Ashleyhay, near Wirksworth

Course leader: Jeremy Bournon, retired Director of Art, Repton School. Further details on application to jeremyhbournon64@outlook.com. There are also more details on page 35.

Sumacdesigns, Banks Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

Clay workshops. Three separate workshops – flowers, bowls and tile panels. For more details email Sue at sumac_53@msn.com or go to sumacdesigns.co.uk

West Studios,
Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

For more information call West Studios on 01246 500 799, email hello@weststudios.co.uk or go to weststudios.co.uk for details.

Zantium Studios,
Godfrey Hole House, Hopton

Four one-day workshops to coincide with Wirksworth Book Festival.
Creative Paper Cutting, March 30.
Craft Bookbinding, April 3
Letterpress Printing, April 5
Modern Calligraphy, April 6.
Go to http://www.zantium.co.ukor telephone 01629 824377 for details.

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