What’s on this month

Exhibitions and galleries

Art Café, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton 

Wildlife artist Eric Wilson until May 12.
Seeing is Believing exhibition by three High Peak Artists, Kathy MacMillan, Emma Sidwell and Maureen Howard, May 12-July 4. See more details on page 40 of the only edition. The gallery is up the spiral staircase and is open daily from 11am-4pm. Call 01298 23114 for details.

Astound Contemporary Art Exhibition, The Nicolson Gallery, Leek

Creative contemporary artwork by emerging artists from Leek School of Art, May 20-June 17, 10am-4pm. Free entry. Closed Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays. More information on their facebook pages.

Banks Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

Prints: Past and Present, by Chris Barker. Chris from The Smallprint Company will showcase his printed works created over the last 20 years. The exhibition runs from May 1-May 19 and will be open weekdays from 10am-3pm.For more details go to banksmill.co.uk

Baslow Pottery, Ivy House, Nether End, Baslow

The 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.

Blackberry Barn Studio, Bamford, Hope Valley

Open Studio Event with three artists.
resident artist Jenny Mather, guest ceramicist Gerald Unwin and guest artisan Brenda Ford. April 29, 30 and May 1 and May 6 and 7 in conjunction with Sheffield Open Up; May 27-29 and June 2-4 in conjunction with Derbyshire Open Arts.

Church Farm Art Gallery, Church Street, Baslow

The gallery is a showcase for both professional and talented amateur artists. Owner Norman Tomlinson, who paints mainly in watercolour, exhibits his own work, and others such as Caroline Appleyard, David Alderman, Mike Connley and Richard Towers. Open Thursday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm. On other days ring the bell or telephone 01246 582334. Go to churchfarmgallery.co.uk for more details.

The Chesterfield Art Club Exhibition, Ashover Parish Hall, Ashover

April 30, 11am-4pm and May 1, 10am-4.30pm. The second day coincides with the village May Day Carnival.

Cromford Mill Gallery, Cromford 

Main Gallery: The Lie of the Land An exhibition by Ev-ol-ve group of Textile Artists. Reflections on the land and times in which we are living, May 13-18, 11am-4pm each day. Go to ev-ol-ve.uk for more details.
Small Gallery: Matlock Artists Society first summer exhibition,. May 20-24, 10am-5pm and from 10am-2pm May 25. For further details tel: 01629 584708. More details of both from cromfordmills.org.uk

Cromford Gallery and Studio, Market Place, Cromford

The featured artist from May 3 is Lynne Wilkinson and the featured maker is Pixalum Jewellery.
There will be working demonstrations by three artists from May 27-29, 10am-5pm – the gallery owner Martin Sloman will be joined at the bank holiday event by Louise West Lace Design and painter Rebecca Morledge. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to cromfordstudioandgallery.weebly.com for details.

Claim to Frame, 26 Market Place, Bolsover, Chesterfield

Original artwork by Derbyshire artist John Connolly is exhibited at this framing studio.

The Derwent Gallery, Main Road, Grindleford

Painting in a traditional style, Ken Burton reveals the Dark Peak and White Peak landscapes on days that you would enjoy a walk in the countryside. Paintings can be previewed at derwentgallery.com. Open 11am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.

Derwent Wye Gallery, Bakewell Road, Rowsley

The gallery will be exhibiting work by three Derbyshire Painters from June 3. As well as paintings by one of the gallery’s partners David Naylor there will also be work by Mike Connley and Grahame Wheatley. See more details on page 40 on the online edition.
n David Naylor is also exhibiting figurative pieces at the Devonshire Arms pub at Beeley this summer in celebration of the House Style exhibition being staged at Chatsworth House.

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Del Coombs’ exhibition, created from found items, will continue until the end of the year changing every four weeks.
Children’s illustrator Kate Smith and Derby painter Andrew Macara will exhibit their work from May11- July 29. There is a launch event May 11, from 6.30-8pm.More details at deda.uk.com

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Second Bridge the Gap Artist in Residence Exhibition from Artcore, until May 14.

Derby Sketching Club, Markeaton Park Craft Centre, Derby

The club is staging their annual Trophy Exhibition from May 26-29. Open 10am-5pm Friday to Sunday and 10am-4pm on the Monday.

Derby Teaching Hospitals

Ten: Celebrating Ten Years of Air Arts, at Royal Derby and London Road hospitals. Work by various artists.

Etienne Gallery at In The Flow, Crown Square, Matlock

For the latest exhibitions go to jasonetienne.com

Etwall Art Group, Frank Wickham Hall, Etwall

Annual Art Exhibition during the Well Dressing weekend. A painting by a well-known artist will be raffled. May 20, 9.30am-6pm and May 21, 9.30am-5.30pm. All profits made will go to the Etwall Well Dressing organisation.

Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby de la Zouch

The Great Outdoors until June 11. A celebration of nature through mixed media, glass, ceramics and paintings.The gallery’s first exhibition of 2017 is a fusion of ideas and materials. For details go to ferrersgallery.co.uk

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Market Place, Leek

Making a Mark, an exhibition by a group of Cheshire artists until May 13. Details at foxloweartscentre.org.uk

Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton

The gallery showcases the work of more than 40 artists and craftspeople from the High Peak Artists group. Open daily from 11am-4pm. Details at galleryinthegardens.co.uk

Gallerytop, Chatsworth Road, Rowsley

Andrew Macara solo exhibition, May 6-28. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. More details at gallerytop.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 10-4pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

There is art by the Green Man Gallery’s resident artists throughout the gallery.
April 28 to May 24, Rebecca Louise Webster-Lajmi – watercolours and acrylics.
May 5-31,Taking the Water by Ilsa Elford. A series of 120 paintings following the River Wye throughout the year in all its moods. Launch event on May 5, from 6.30pm-9pm. All welcome. For more details go to the gallery’s facebook page or greenmangallery.com.

Hall of Frames, King Street, Belper

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

Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby, near Melbourne

Steven Tandy still life, May 21-June 4. See more details on page 39 on the online edition. The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-5pm and weekends from noon-5pm. Go to ingleby-gallery.co.uk for details.

Jarva Gallery, Market Street, Whaley Bridge

The gallery exhibits about 90 per cent British designers and artists work. They are passionate about craftsmanship and exhibit jewellery, ceramics, original art, bronze sculpture and glassware, Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.30am-5pm, Wednesdays 9,30am-3pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am-4pm. More details at jarvagallery.com.

John Connolly’s Ormscliffe Gallery, Bolsover

More than 300 original paintings with up to 75 per cent off the original price. Go to connollyart.com for more details.

Leabrooks Gallery, Somercotes

Susan Bedford May 6-26.
Open studios with three artists and their friends, May 28-29. More details on page 41. The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am-4.30pm on Sundays. Wednesdays by appointment only. Details at leabrooksartscomplex.com

Little London Gallery, Church Street, Holloway

Prints by David Harban and Paul Hipkiss, paintings by Chris Tkacz, Carol Hill and John Scott-Martin, textiles by Jacqui Wakeley and ceramics by Andrew Metheson. The gallery is open from 9am-5pm Wednesday to Saturday.
For details go to littlelondongallery.co.uk

The Marlow Gallery, The Close, Church Square, Melbourne

Figures and Forms, opening May 14. More details on page 41 on the online edition. More information and at themarlowgallery.co.uk

North End Gallery, North End Institute Building, Wirksworth

Arboretum, new work by photographer John Blakemore and mixed media artist Rosalind Pounder, until May 27. The gallery is above North End Nostalgia and is open Thursday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. Email northendnostalgia@yahoo.co.uk

Opus Gallery, St John Street, Ashbourne

The May exhibition is by Iain Mackay. Go to opusgallery
ashbourne.com for more details.

Patchings Arts Centre, Calverton

#ConnectedTen – 10th anniversary. A celebration of photography and creativity until May 7. For more details go to patchingsartcentre.co.uk

QUAD Derby

Ahead Still Lies Our Future,the key exhibition of FORMAT17, features the work of ten artists ranging from Ester Vonplon’s requiem for the melting glaciers in her native Switzerland, to a monumental video installation by Lida Abdul made in her homeland of Afghanistan, until June 11. Go to derbyquad.co.uk or formatfestival.com for more details.

River´s Edge Gallery, Hope Valley Garden Centre, Bamford

Landscape exhibition, Light and Bright in the Peaks. See more details on page 41 on the online edition. It is open Wednesday-Saturday, 10.30am-4.30pm and Sundays 11am-4pm. Go to riversedgegallery.co.uk for details.

The Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery, Pilsley, near Chatsworth

An exhibition of landscape paintings until May 14. See more details on page 40 on the online edition. Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery is home to the artist’s stunningly detailed paintings of popular native wildlife and exotic big game. The gallery is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. More details at richardwhittlestone.co.uk

Smoothie Art Gallery, Ilkeston

More than 20 local artists displaying a wide selection of original paintings, prints and photographs. For more details go to uchoosesmoothie.co.uk

St John Street Gallery, St John Street, Ashbourne

Anna Thomas, May 5-20.
Colin Halliday, May 26-June 10. For more details go to page 39. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

Studio Valentine Exhibition, at Gallery 5 (Horizons) Market Hall, Derby

Mindscapes, an exhibition by Peter Valentine, from May 9– July 21, 1 am–3pm Monday to Friday. More details about his work at studiovalentine.co.uk

Smalley Art Group, The Institute, 79 Main Road, Smalley

Summer Exhibition and Sale of Paintings, May 26-June 4. Open:Monday-Friday 3.30-5.30pm and weekends 11-6pm.

Tarpey Gallery, High Street, Castle Donington

The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm. More information at tarpeygallery.com

Two Birds Gallery, Borough Street, Castle Donington 

Art, photography, jewellery and design from a wide range of local and UK based artists. They also offer a selection of craft workshops for all ability levels. Open Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday.

West Studios, Chesterfield

For details contact hello@weststudios.co.uk.

Whynot Gallery, Lichfield Street, Burton upon Trent

Check out all the latest events, workshops and exhibitions on the gallery’s facebook page whynotgalleryuk


Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, May 5, 80m. Russell Hicks, Zahra Barri and Rod Shepherd with compere Paul Savage.
Al Murray, The Pub Landlord, May 9, 7.30pm. Read more about comedy at Buxton on page 67.
More information at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Derby Comedy Festival, Derby

Various locations around the city, May 5-14. Go to derbycomedyfestival.co.uk for full listings. Stars lined up include Tony Law, Lee Hurst and Jeremy Hardy.

Funhouse Comedy Club

The Blessington Carriage, Derby, May 8, Derby Comedy Festival Special – Leo Kearse, Faye Treacy, Jack Kirwan and Lucy Pearman. Compere Spiky Mike.
May 22, and June 5, Panelbeaters, panel show created by Gary Delaney and Caimh McDonnell featuring top comedian guests.
Tower Brewery, Burton-on-Trent, May 24, 8pm, Tom Wrigglesworth, Pete Teckman and Mandy Muden. Compere Dave Bryon.
The Old Bell, Sadler Gate, Derby Derby Comedy Festival Special, May 12, Brian Damage and Krysstal, Brennan Reece and Carl Jones.Compere Barry Dodds.
May 26, 8.15pm, Ignacio Lopez, Alfie Brown and Lenny Sherman. Compere Rob Mullholland.More details at funhousecomedy.co.uk


Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

The Buxton Drama League presents, Enlightenment, by Shelagh Stephenson, May 18-20. For tickets go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

High Tor Players present Habeas Corpus by Alan Bennett, May 12. Go to bakewelltownhall.co.uk for details.

Chellaston Players, St Peter’s Church Hall, Chellaston

Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward May 17-20, 7.30pm. For tickets ring 07399203215 or email chellastonbooking@hotmail.com

Derby Theatre, Derby

Cyrano, a new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s romantic comedy by Deborah McAndrew. May 16-20. Go to derbytheatre.co.uk for tickets.

Derby Theatre Studio

Waves, written and performed by Alice Mary Cooper, May 6, 8pm.
Kessoku ReMix! by the Hubbub Theatre Company, May 31, 11am and 2.30pm. Go to derbytheatre.co.uk for tickets.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Reform Theatre Company present Hopeless Romantics, May 16, 7.30pm.
Burton, performed by Rhodri Miles. Burton vividly presents the life of the great actor in his own words. May 17, 7.30pm.
Creatio Arts present Punk Rock by Simon Stephens, May 25-27. For more details go to derbylive.co.uk

Strutts Centre, Belper 

Hamp, John Wilson’s powerful play, directed by Larry Waller for Captive Audience. May 18-20, 7.30pm, 2,30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets from Oxfam Books, Belper, and details from belperartsfestival.org

Live and Local, various locations

Call Me Mr Robeson, May 13, Crich Glebe Field Centre, 7.30pm. Tickets 01773 853260.
Spitz & Co, Gloriator, The Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator re-imagined on shoestring
with just two actors and everything made out of cardboard, May 13, 7.30pm, Waingroves Community Centre, tickets 01773 749809.


Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Footloose The Musical, starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan, May 30-June 3, 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday Further details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Déda Derby

May 18 Company Chameleon with a powerful, double bill – Witness. The main piece is a relevant and up-to-the-minute piece of dance theatre which draws from the personal experience of choreographer Kevin Turner to create an original view on mental health. More details online at deda.uk.com

Derby Theatre, Derby

Coal by the Gary Clarke Comapny , May 9 and 10, 8pm.
Super Sunday by Race Horse Company, May 27 and 27, 7.30pm.
More details on page 15 and at derbytheatre.co.uk

Spoken word

Cromford Mill, Cromford

May 11, 7pm, Arkwright Society Lecture Series: The Lesser Known Houses of Derbyshire, Lea Hurst, the home of Florence Nightingale. More details at cromfordmills.org.uk

Derby Poetry Society

A Pastoral Poet of Everyday Life, an exploration of Robert Frost’s poetry, May 12, Room 3, Friends’ Meeting House, Derby, 7.30pm. Contact Gina Clarke on 01773 825215 for more details.

The Muse, The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale

The Muse – an evening of poetry and music which Mark Gwynne Jones hosts in The Whitworth Centre. For tickets telephone 01629 733678. For more details go to markgwynnejones.com

Matlock Storytelling Cafe, Imperial Rooms Matlock

May’s storyteller is Steve Lally, whose repertoire of tales ranges from ancient Celtic epics of Ireland and beyond, stories of adventure and romance.
Matlock Storytelling Cafe takes place on the first Friday of each month at the Imperial Rooms in Matlock. Doors open at 6.30pm with stories at 7.30pm. More details on 01629 580023.

REMS Cafe, Chapel-en-le-Frith

May 10, 7.30-9.30pm Meet authors with Mark P Henderson, Margaret Holbrook and Pamela Turton.

Renishaw Hall and Gardens, Renishaw

In connection with the Historic Houses Association’s new Literary Trail a series of tours been organised at the hall during which you will be able to learn about its literary links as the home of the famous literary Trio: Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell. Led by curator Christine Beevers, they are on May 28, 2pm, June 25, 2pm, August 13, 11.30am and Setember 3, 2pm. More details at renishaw-hall.co.uk

Scrivener’s Bookshop, Buxton

Storytelling Sundays: the free meetings will be held on the second Sunday of the month 2pm to 3.30pm, at Scrivener’s Books, 42 High Street, Buxton.Telephone 0129871622.
n May 14, Mark P. Henderson, author of Folktales of the Peak District.

U Choose Smoothie Bar, Bath Street, Ilkeston

Open Mic Poetry Night, 7-9pm the last Thursday of the month. More information on 01159 322263.


Bakewell and Ashford Film Society

Eye in the Sky, May 14. More details at bashfilms.org.uk

Belper Ritz, Belper

Go to ritz-belper.co.uk for up-to-date film information.

Buxton Film, Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Films on May 8, 15, 22 and 31. More information from buxtonfilm.org.uk

Hathersage Film Club, Hathersage Memorial Hall, Oddfellows Road

Friday films 7.30pm, Saturday films, 11am. More details at hathersagefilmclub.co.uk

Holymoorside Film, Holymoorside Village Hall

Films twice a month from September to March. Fourth Friday films at 7.30pm and Mid-week Movies at 8pm on Tuesdays. Go to holymoorsidearts.co.uk for details.

New Mills Cinema@SpringBankArts  

Every second and fourth Thursday at 7.30pm. See springbankarts.org.uk for details.

Peak Film Society, Partington Players Theatre Glossop

Films always 7.30pm on Saturdays.
Season ticket, £30. More details at peakfilmsociety.org

QUAD, Derby

Fantastiq festival takes place from April 28-May 1. Details are available on the Derby Film Festival website. Go to derbyquad.co.uk for details.

Tideswell Cinema, George Inn

May Double Bill with a meal, May 6, 4pm, Timbuktu and A United Kingdom.
I Daniel Blake, May 25, 7.30pm.Go to tideswellcinema.com for details.

Tansley Film Community Cinema, Tansley Village Hall

Allied, May 2. Always the first Tuesday evening of the month.
Go to tansleyfilm.org.uk for more details.


Derby Cathedral Quarter events

CQ Saturdays – Towers, Tunnels and Tales Tours, first Saturday of the month. The second Saturday of the month will see the Street Circus at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place. Knickerbocker Glorious is free, entertainment in the Market Place on the third Saturday of the month. Street Theatre, every fourth Saturday until September.
Go to derbycathedralquarter.co.uk for more details.

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

May 3, 2pm, African Landscape – a  talk by Marion Aniss
June 7, 2pm, Stitch and Chat/ Hands on session.
July 5 Black and White to Gold – a talk by Kate Wells.
Members: £2 Visitors: £3 per meeting.
Membership details can be obtained at any of the meetings.

Parwich Open Gardens, Arts and Crafts, Parwich near Ashbourne

June 25, 1-6 pm. Visit the beautiful gardens in this lovely village, many of which are hosting artists and crafters selling their work. Cream teas served in the Memorial Hall. Plants for sale. £3 entry tickets on the day from Parwich Memorial Hall,
Contact egertonashes@gmail.com for further details.


Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Bla Bla Bla, Buxton Local Artists, topping the bill are Routh 66, May 6, 7.30pm, Pavilion Arts Centre.
The Robert Cray Band, May 8, 7.30pm.
The Solid Silver 60s Show, May 11, 7.30pm.
Hawkwind, May 23, 7.30pm.
Let’s Hang On, The Music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, May 25, 7.30pm.
The Carpenters Story, May 26, 7.30pm.
Whitney, Queen of the Night, May 28, 7.30pm.
Footloose – The Musical  starring Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan, May 30-June 3.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Derby Arena, Derby

Shawn Klush, Elvis World Tour, May 11, 7.30pm.
King of Pop featuring Jennifer Batten and starring the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute, Navi, May. 12.

The Flowerpot Derby

From The Jam, That’s Entertainment Acoustic Tour 2017– featuring Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, May 18. Go to rawpromo.co.uk for tickets.

George and Dragon, Bridge Street, Belper

Friday Night Music Nights. All the gigs are free, from 9-11pm.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sensation, Abba Tribute Band, May 18.
Blues Brothers Experience, May 19. More details at derbylive.co.uk

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Live band every Friday. Go to old-club-house.co.uk for more details.

Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover

Tuesdays is open acoustic night
More details at oldpoets.co.uk

Queen’s Head, Chesterfield Road Belper

Bonfire Radicals and Arguably Venomous Mammals, May 5.
Winter Wilson plus support, May 26. For more details go to queensheadbelper.weebly.com

Folk and Jazz 

Alstonefield Village Hall

Eleanor McEvoy, May 13. See more details on page 54. The concert is part of Alstonefield’s monthly In Concert series. The full programme can be found online at alstonefield.org/community/alstonefield-events.

Belper Folk Club, Old King’s Head, Days Lane, Belper

Every Tuesday at 8.30pm. For more details check out their facebook page or go to belperfolkclub.co.uk

Belpler Nailers Football Club Concert Room, Belper

In The Tradition is a special concert featuring some of the best musicians and singers from the younger generation on the folk scene, May 13, 8pm. See more details on previous page.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Freddie Garner Jazz Quartet, May 7, 1pm, Pavilion Arts Centre. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more detail on other events.

Chesterfield Jazz Club, Chester Street, Chesterfield

A Tribute to the Montgomery Brothers: Roger Beaujolais, Wendy Kirkland, Pat Sprakes, Clive Loveday, Paul Jefferies, May 18. More details at chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com

Derby Jazz

Partisans, Derby Silk Mill, May 20, 8pm. The band is co-led by Phil Robson (guitars) and Julian Siegel (tenor sax and bass clarinet). The line-up is completed by Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums). More details from derby-jazz.co.uk

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

May 1, Kaleidoscope Community Choir. An informal concert by Buxton’s popular community choir to coincide with Buxton’s fabulous Spring Fair. 1pm to 2pm. Free.
The Sunday BuskStop, May 7, 12-2pm, free lunchtime gig by acoustic musicians with soup, hot drinks and cake for lunch and excellent company. Donations to musicians invited.
A Night of Music #26. Regular showcase gig by young musicians, May 27, doors 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets £3 /£2 under 16s. Advance booking advised. For further information contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Cara Dillion, May 20. See more details on page 56.

Live and Local various locations

Tayo Aluko and Friends, Call Mr Robeson, A Life with Songs, Crich Glebe Field Centre, May 13, 7.30pm. Tickets from 01773 853260.
Martin Harley, Bakewell Town Hall, May 28, 7.30pm. Tickets from 01629 810152.
Sonrisa – Latin Flavours, an exhilarating Latin Jazz burn-up. Warm, vibrant and toe tapping, Tutbury Village Hall, May 5, tickets 01283 8112248 and Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, tickets 01773 856545.

The Medway Centre, Bakewell

Live at The Medway Cabaret Evening, May 5, 7.30pm. An exciting evening of comedy, magic, music, sketches and fun. Among the cast are your host compere Mick Partridge; Comedy Magic with Steve Faulkner, the Hilarious Dr Pandemonious Fish on the amazing Cyr Wheel and Trevor Organ Circus in a Suitcase. There will be music by Sarah Bownes and guitarist/vocalist Jack T Harper. The show will be supporting Helen’s Trust and tickets are available from medwaycentre.co.uk;The Bakewell Bookshop or at the Medway Centre on 01629 813638.
May 14, from 10.30am to 12.30pm, Bakewell Oxfam Supporters Group are staging a Jazz Breakfast with the music of The Steve Salfield Quartet. Steve, on tenor and soprano saxes, has played not only in contemporary jazz groups, blues and rock’n’roll bands, but also in classical orchestras. Wendy Kirkland on keyboards leads her own band, The Organik Trio.
Pat Sprakes is brilliant on double bass and guitar and Clive Loveday is a talented and inventive drummer. For more details go to stevesalfield.com. A continental style breakfast is  included. Tickets can be bought from Bakewell Book and Gift Shop or reserved from Jude 01629 815469 or Daryl 01629 813209.

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

Peter Buxton, May 24.
Singers and musicians in the bar, 8pm, every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Go to folkandblues.club for more details or call 07913331078.

Winding Wheel Chesterfield

Kate Rusby, May 13, 7.30pm. Box Office: 01246 345 or go to chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk.

Classical Music

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

Stephen Hough, piano, May 24, 8pm. For more details of all events go to abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

Belper Singers

April 29 at 7.30pm, at the Unitarian Chapel, Field Row, Belper. The gift of re-birth and renewal is the theme for this concert with a  programme of English and European a capella music of the 16th Century
Tickets £7 at the door or for reservations contact belpersingers@gmail.com or call Sue on 07990 658071.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

English Touring Opera, Tosca, by Puccini, May 4 and 5, 7.30pm and Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan, May 6, 7.30pm.
Coffee Concert, Dominic Degavino, piano, May 12, 1pm, Pavilion Arts Centre.More details from buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Methodist Church, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith 

Pleyel Ensemble Afternoon Tea Concert Sunday May 28, 3pm. Piano Trios including Niels Gade and Schubert’s B Flat. Tickets £10 on the door, from Reading Matters in Market Street or online at wegottickets.com/event/386853.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, June 24, The Phil at 50: Feeling Good, 7pm. Lively, upbeat concert to finish the choir’s 50th Season, with popular music set in a cabaret environment.
Piano accompaniment by Tim Kennedy Go to chestphilchoir.org.uk for more details.

Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir

The choir will hold their Charity Concert in support of the Thomas Theyer charity and a local Alzheimer’s charity at Chapel  Methodist  Church on May 12 at 7.30pm, when the guest for the evening will be the soprano April Grimes.
Refreshments are included in the ticket price.
Tickets will be available from Hall’s Mica Hardware Store in Chapel, or on the door.
For further details, please ring 01298 81 5965 or visit chapel-en-le-frithladieschoir.co.uk.

Derby Cathedral 

Derbyshire Singers – Bach B Minor Mass, May 20, 7pm. Lucy Hall, Soprano; Margaret McDonald, Mezzo; Adam Temple-Smith, Tenor; Marcus Farnsworth, Baritone and The Derbyshire Sinfonia.
Tickets will be available from.derbyshiresingers.org and other outlets as detailed on their website. n Rotary Club of Derby Mercia presents A Spring Charity Concert, May 27, 7.30 pm. Featuring Derwent Brass and offering an evening of classical big band and film music.Tickets are available online or by phone 01332 341516. Proceeds are in aid of Children First Derby and MacMillan Cancer Support. More details from derbycathedral.org.

Derby Concert Orchestra

May 20, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, Wagner, Mahler, Sibelius and Neilsen. For more details go to derbyconcertorchestra.co.uk

Derby Bach Choir

Come and Sing event May 13 at 1.30pm at St George’s Church, Ticknall.Everyone is welcome to join them for an opportunity to sing Great British Anthems including Parry’s I was Glad, Blest Pair of Sirens and Zadok the Priest.
Whether you are familiar with these works or they are new to you, this will be a wonderful opportunity to rehearse and perform with one of the Midlands’ best amateur choirs.The choir has issued an invitation to bring friends, colleagues and family to join the audience (at a cost of £5 per adult payable at the door) 6.30pm.
Tickets for  singers are priced at £20 which includes a buffet supper.  More details at derbybachchoir.com

Music at Duffield, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield

Derby Piano Quartet, May 6, 7.30pm. The quartet founded in 2001 by Beate Toyka, and now with new member Jane Ford, returns to explore the strange and wonderful repertoire of music for eight hands on two pianos.

High Peak Orchestra

More information at highpeakorchestra.org.uk

Peak and City Voices, St John’s Church, Buxton

Whaley Choir directed by Patrick Gundry-White and the Manchester Community Choir directed by Liz Powers singing in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer, May 6, 7pm. Pop, traditional and classical a cappella songs from around the world, including a work by award-winning Buxworth poet Linda Goulden.
Tickets from High Street Books, New Mills; Pear Tree Cafe, Whaley Bridge; Muzik and More, Concert Place, Buxton and online via wegottickets.com/2choirs
For other enquiries telephone 01663 747282

Spring Bank Arts, New Mills

Sunday Coffee Concert Series with members of the Hallé, 11am, May 21. For tickets to go wegottickets.com/springbankarts

Workshops and courses

Anne Alldread Textiles

Regular felt making workshops in Belper covering a variety of felting techniques, from the basics, to creating a beautiful scarf, cushion or wall hanging. Or you can join in at the weekly textile groups now on Monday, 2-4pm and Wednesday 10am-12.30pm, to try tapestry, weaving, collage, mixed media, printing, design and much more. A small friendly group with an emphasis on enjoyment while creating. For information contact: Anne Alldread on 07817745705, email annealldread@yahoo.co.uk or visit annealldread.com

Astound Exhibition, Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery, Leek

Continuous Line Drawing with Lesley Nixon – Wednesday May 31.
Collage with Laura Hyland – Thursday June 1.
Decoupage with Leanne Brocklehurst – Friday June 2.
Mark Making with Julia Brownsword – Saturday, June 3.
Mindful Drawing with Sally Furness – Saturday, June 10.
Design and Print a Mug with Sandie Bebbington – Tuesday June 13. ,

Artcore, Charnwood Street, Derby

Joys of Creation workshops at 10am each Thursday.
For further information please email info@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561.

Bakewell Community Arts Workshops, Medway Community Centre, Bakewell

Crafternoons – Third Friday of the month during term time 1pm–3pm.
Crafty Kids Club –Tuesdays during term time 10am–12noon. For further details call the Medway Centre on 01629 813638 or email enquiries@medwaycentre.co.uk

Betty’s Sewing Box, Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne

Crochet Clinic first Wednesday of the month 6-9pm. Details of other courses at bettys-sewing-box.co.uk

Bob Neill, Pyrography Tuition

One day courses and group workshops. For more details contact Bob on 01332 792036 or visit bobneillpyrography.co.uk

Buddhist Meditation, Bakewell

Thursdays – Buddhist Meditation Class, 7.30pm Friends Meeting House, Chapel Row, Matlock Street. Bakewell DE45 1EL. All welcome. Samatha tradition.
For more information call 07930 975807 samatha.org/bakewell, fb.me/SamathaBakewell

Cromford Studio and Gallery, Market Place, Cromford

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

Cromford Mill, Cromford

Arkwright Spinsters demonstrating spinning and other crafts, third Sunday of every month, 11-4pm.
Knit and Natter, second Wednesday of every month, 10am-noon.
Once Upon A Time weekend, May 27 and 28. Step into a fairy tale kingdom and meet knights, princesses and dragons. You will be able to take part in enchanting craft workshops throughout the day and make your own fairy or elf door and a fairy or knight puppet to take home
More details at cromfordmills.org.uk

Dave Griffin, Stained Glass Artist

For more details please contact Dave on 07742 481930 or visit

Esther Tyson, Screen Print at Via Gellia Mill, Bonsall

Regular screenprint workshops using hand-cut stencils, water-based inks, producing a limited edition print.
Small groups in a working studio environment.
Contact Esther at esther.tyson@network.rca.ac.uk for more details.

Etienne Gallery art classes, In The Flow, Matlock

Etienne Gallery offers year-round studio art classes and workshops taught by experienced artist and teacher, Jason Etienne. Go to jasonetienne.com for details.

Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Buxton

May 1, Green Woodworking Demonstration by Barry Bate. A chance to see the ancient hand-carving techniques he uses to create a range of unique household items. Free event. Drop in any time between 10.30am and 3.30pm. n Every day: 6×4: Inspired by Landscape. Drop-in at any time and join this record-breaking attempt and fundraiser.
The REC Youth Theatre Senior Company (aged 15 to 19+) meets every Monday during term time from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Come to a session or contact the artistic director, Kitty Randle, on recyouththeatre@gmail.com

Life drawing, a weekly session for artists at any stage with a professional life model, Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm. Cost £8 per session. Booking essential. Contact Curtis Bollington 07880 535615. Over 18s only.
Changing Faces – A Funny Wonders Inc. project for 11-18 year olds. Creative workshops every Tuesday during term time from 3.30pm-5pm. Contact Ali Quas-Cohen for more information on hello@funnywonders.org.uk

Dance Classes: For information classes and to book places, contact, Catherine Farrimond, on 01298 70984.
Every Thursday – Theatre Dance for Children (modern, jazz tap and stagecraft) 4.15pm for six to ten years; 5.15pm for 11 to 15 years.
Every Thursday – Adult Ballet/Body Conditioning and Tap Dance Ballet/Body Conditioning at 7pm followed by Tap Dance at 8pm.
Every Saturday – Ballet for Children – 10.15am for six to ten years; 11.15am for 11 to 15 years.
For further information and booking for other courses contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 unless otherwise stated.

Green Door Printing, Banks Mill, Derby

Screen Printing, IPE Editioning, May 6, 11am-4.30pm.
Soap Ground and Spit Bite Etching, May 6, 11am 5pm.
Acrylic Resist Etching, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, 5pm-9pm
Collography, May 13-14, 11am-3pm.
Wet Ground Etching, May 20,11am-4pm.
Introduction to T-shirt Screen Printing, BSL Printmakers, May 20, 11am-4.30pm.
Multi-colour Screen Printing onto Paper, May 27-28, 11am-4.30pm
Multi-block Linocut, IPE Editioning, May 27-28, 11am-3pm.
For more details and to book online, visit: greendoor-printmaking.co.uk

Greenwood Days, National Forest, near Melbourne

Willow hurdle making, May 20.
Beginners willow weaving, May 21.
Greenwood stool making, June 3-4.
Greenwood Experience, June 17.

Helen Jagger, sustainable textile design

Drop-in sessions at St Ann’s Catholic Rooms, Buxton, Fridays between 9.15am and 11.15am.
Buxton Campus, Buxton, Tuesday evenings in term time,7pm-9pm. Contact the college directly on 0800 0740099 to book.
Guidance with a range of sewing projects such as household, soft furnishing, dress, and the recycling of fabrics. Go to helenjagger.co.uk for more details.

Helen Moyes, Textile and Mixed Media Artist, Sheffield

Sip and Sew or Knit and Natter, first Monday of the month, 6-7.30pm, in Eccleshall, Sheffield.
Creative Stitch – machine embroidery workshop, May 6, 10am-3pm.
Paint and Stitch workshop, May 20, 10am-3pm. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Helen 0796 711 9591 or moyeshelen@gmail.com.

Jane Bevan creating artworks from Found Natural Materials

Full day workshop, 10am-4pm. Join Jane for a day of walking, collecting and making around the Calke National Trust estate in Ticknall, June 29 and October 21. email janebevan@btconnect.com

Matlock Artists Society, All Saints Church Hall, Smedley Street

The club’s Portrait Group meets the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am-12noon. Everyone is welcome, £5 to include light refreshments. Please contact Doreen Andrews 01629 824640 or Colin Daffern 01629 733261.

Little London Gallery, Holloway

Develop your studio practice and techniques with Chris Tkacz, at his Little London Gallery studio in Holloway near Matlock. Small groups, maximum six or individual attention. All media and techniques offered.
Contact Chris Tkacz  by email at info@littlelondongallery.co.uk or telephone 01629 534825.

Pitchblue, Newbridge Works, Coldwell Street, WirksworthSilk painting, May 6. An introduction to silk painting. You do not need any art experience to try this.
Art Weekend, May 12-13. On this workshop you will tap into your artistic talents through a series of fun practical exercises that will help you start drawing, painting, and working with your imagination and ideas.
Half day machine embroidery, June 17. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of free-machine embroidery.
Full day workshops from 10am-3.30pm with lunch and a half day is until 1pm.You can choose one day or two. Go to pitchbluecreative.com for more details.

Pauline Townsend Silk Painter

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

Parkwood Pottery Alfreton

Evening throwing courses on weekdays. Telephone 07919 838108 for more details.

Purple and Grey – courses for emerging artists

Purple and Grey have teamed up with The Society of All Artists to create a regional art group with a programme of meetings and workshops to be staged at Tansley Village Hall from 10.30am-12.30pm on Wednesday mornings throughout the year. Book online at purpleandgrey.co.uk or by emailing purpleandgreyinfo@gmail.com.

QUAD Derby

Romance Writing and Happy Endings, with bestselling local author Jane Linfoot, May 11.
Fantastic Tales and How To Write them: creative writing course with Ruth de Haas, Tuesdays from May 16 to June 6, 7-9pm.
How to Run a Writing Event with Alex Davis, May 20.
Poetry From Start to Finish, with Sophie Sparham, Mondays from June 12-July 17, 7pm-9pm.
For more details go to derbyquad.co.uk

Scandi Workshops by Needle in the Mill, Banks Mill, Bridge Street, Derby

Hygge Lanterns and Cards, Wednesdays, 6.30pm-9pm.
Scandi Embroidery, Fridays 12.30-3pm.
For further details, or to book please contact, needleinthemill@gmail.com Instagram:@needleinthemill

Small Print Company, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby

Introduction to Letterpress, May 20, June 3 and 22, noon.
Create a Letterpress Print, May 25, June 8, 6pm.
Beginners Bookbinding, June 10, 2pm.
Letterpress Bookplate, June 15, 1pm and 6pm.
Open Day: Celebrating Books, June 17.
Bookbinding with Matt Edwards, June 17, 1pm.
Details of various courses at smallprintcompany.co.uk

The Studios, Union Road,
New Mills

Peak Scribbling Writers’ Group every other Tuesday of the month, 7-8.30pm.
Figure Drawing with Tracy Fennell, May 6, monoprinting; June 3, movement; July 1, colour; July 29, fabrics and August 26, acrylics.
Print Mondays, April 10 and May 15.
Mindfulness for Creativity with Suzanne Bethell, May 3 and 10, 6.30pm-8.45pm.
For prices, more details and how to book contact Emma Makarova on 07800510176 or email emmamakarove@googlemail.com

StraightCurves, 104 Saltergate, Chesterfield

Sew Socials – Various daytimes and evenings Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. A two and a half hour session for those who can already use a sewing machine.
Woolly Wednesdays – every Wednesday, 10am-12.30pm and 6.30pm-9pm. All arts and crafts are welcome at this session.
Little Creatives – every Friday 9.45am-11.15am, and every Monday 9.45am-1.15am. Little Creatives is a workshop designed especially for pre-school children and their parents.
Finish Off Fridays – every Friday, noon-3pm. See straightcurves.co.uk for details.

St John Street, Gallery,

John Connolly, Trees, Woodlands, Forests, May 2.
Lewis Noble, Painting in the Derbyshire Landscape, May 15-17.
Wendy Darker, Painting Highland Cows, May 23 and 24.To book, phone 01335 347425 or email enquiries@stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk. More details at stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

Karina Goodman Studio 61

Workshops and Tuition. Derbyshire RSC for The SAA. New for 2017 – Regional Purple and Grey Art Group. Visit karinagoodmanstudio61.co.uk for more information

Louise West Lace Design 6 Friar Gate Studios, Ford Street, Derby

Evening classes in bobbin lace making, Tuesdays 6-8pm.
One-day workshops for a maximum of ten students, £30.
The next few courses are on May 20 and 23, June 17 and 20, July 1, and August 15 and 19. There is also a two-day course on Bedfordshire lace on August 26 and 27. Go to louisewestlacedesign.co.uk for booking details.

West Studios,
Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Go to West Studios facebook page to find out about latest courses planned. You can email hello@weststudios.co.uk or call 01246 500799 to reserve your place on any courses.

Zantium Studios,
Godfrey Hole House, Hopton

Go to zantium.co.uk for details.