What’s on this month

Exhibitions and galleries

Anvil Gallery, 11 Old Blacksmith’s Yard, Derby

This gallery owned by artist April Young has recently reopened in a new venue in Blacksmith’s Yard just off Sadler Gate. Go to anvilgallery.co.uk for more details.

Art Café and Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton 

The downstairs gallery showcases the work of more than 40 artists and craftspeople from the High Peak Artists group.
n The café will be open daily during normal Pavilion Gardens opening hours. Go to galleryinthegardens.co.uk for details.

Artcore, 3 Charnwood Street, Derby

Normanton-based arts organisation, Artcore, is exhibiting Artists Housing Prototype Show from January 31-March 1. The exhibition launch is from 6pm to 9pm on January 31. It will feature new ideas, models and prototypes for aArtists’ housing by Liam Gillick, Jasleen Kaur and Studio Morison. The show proposes that an artist’s house is a home, workspace and public artwork in one powerful combination – therefore, artists’ housing is real social housing. Artcore is presenting the exhibition as a response to: The needs of Derby’s artists and the lack of live/work and exhibition spaces in the city; national and local debates about the need for affordable housing and new thinking about the usefulness of art and artists in relation to the needs of communities and the development and regeneration of neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities. For more details go to artcoreuk.com

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, Buxton

Circles by Sue Lewis Blake and Ursula Blancke-Dau, until March 23. Simply entitled Circles, the exhibition has as its inspiration the brooding atmosphere of the ancient stone circles sites which can be found close to both their homes.
Sue lives at Stanton-in-Peak so in her case they are the Nine Ladies and Doll Tor. Their German counterpart is a Megalithic cemetery at Oldendorfer Totenstatt.
The mixed media exhibition will include paintings, photographs, videos and even three dimensional compositions in their individual styles.

Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, Chesterfield

The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-4pm. Go to chesterfield.gov.uk for more details.

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 his personal studio and gallery in Bolsover. Go to connollyart.com for more details.

Cromford Gallery and Studio, Market Place, Cromford

The featured artist for February is screenprinter Kate Brooks. See more details about her work, right. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to cromfordstudioandgallery.weebly.com for details. 

The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford

Open 11am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sundays, telephone 01433 630458.

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Terraquatic consists of two stunning collections of digital imagery by photographer Roger Morgan in which he captures the differences, parallels, and oppositional energies characterising Earth and Water.
Night Vision shows how the familiar by day, changes character by night. Lit textures and sculptural forms of wooded landscapes and man-made artefacts take on an uneasy but beautiful new vista.
In Float and Fall, balletic dancing forms dive and move without the restraints of normal gravity.
Vitor Azevedo: Retrospective – Vitor utilises mixed media to create tangible tactile sculpture and enjoys artistic collaboration in audio visual projects for example with musicians and dancers.
Both exhibitions are on until March 9. More details at deda.uk.com 

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing, February 1-May 9.
The Royal Collection holds one of the world’s greatest collections of drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. This spring, a selection of these exquisite drawings will travel to Derby for a special exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance Master’s death.
Never-before seen in the city, the works have been gathered together to reflect the full range of Leonardo’s interests, from painting, sculpture, architecture, and music, to anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany. As so much of his life’s work was unrealised or destroyed, it is only in these drawings, and a handful of related manuscripts, that Leonardo’s greatest achievements survive. This exhibition is part of a nationwide event, with simultaneous shows of Leonardo’s drawings at Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland. For more details go to derbymuseums.org

Duffield Gallery, Bridge Street, Belper

Work by James Preston, Colin Halliday, Phil Dyke, Lynn Smith, Peter Watson, Frank Wright, Rosemary Mafrici and Martin Davis. Unique handmade jewellery by Beth Sharliss. 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

The first exhibiton of 2019 is entitled Fresh and will include new work by British artists and crafts people on the top and middle floors of the gallery.
For details go to ferrersgallery.co.uk

Foxlowe Gallery, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek

The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month 11am-4pm.

Gallerytop, Rowsley

Winterscape is the first exhibition of 2019 and includes paintings by three artists who had successful exhibitions at this gallery last year – Mark Preston, Richard Barrett and Kristan Baggaley. This is an opportunity to see new work by them in response to the changing seasons until February 24. The gallery is also welcoming back John Bainbridge with four seasonally atmospheric paintings of the Derbyshire moors and there are new paintings by the ever-popular artist John Paul Cooke 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 including paintings, drawings, mixed media, photography, print-making, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, carved wood, mounted prints and cards.  New work by new and established members.
Obscene Colours –  Abstract, impressionist and pop styles collide in this major new series of paintings by emerging artist, James O’Toole. Launch event:  February 2, 5.30pm to 8.30pm. The exhibition is on until February 27. See more details on page 25.
The submission period for the Spring Gathering Open Exhibition 2019 is open from February 1 to March 8.
For further information contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375

Hall of Frames, King Street, Belper

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

Haarlem Artspace, Haarlem Mill, Wirksworth

Peter Matthews: In and With the Ocean (Chile), until February 9. Artist in conversation, February 7, 7-9pm.
Peter Matthews has forged an intimate connection to the ocean. Through self-financed residencies around the world Mat-thews co-exists with these coastal environments for weeks at a time, confronting and often losing his sense of self to the greater forces outside. His work, a by-product of this shaman-istic and ascetic endeavour, is both deeply personal and primordially universal.
For his exhi-bition at Haarlem Artspace, Matthews will present a series of drawings made in Chile in 2018 and films about his process. Go to haarlemartspace.co.uk for more details.

Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby

The gallery is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-5pm and weekends from noon-5pm. Go to ingleby-gallery.co.uk for details. 

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

 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

Woods and Water – an exhibition of new work by Charles Wilby, February 2-March 1.
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

Mysteries is a selection of paintings highlighting the enigmatic, dream-like and narrative elements in Michael Cook’s work – throughout February with a special open weekend on February 16 and 17.  Go to mangergallery.co.uk for details.

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

Landforms, until March 2. See more details on page 30.The gallery is open 11am-5pm, Friday through to Sunday. Go to The Old Lock Up Gallery on Facebook for details.

Peak District Artisans, The Stables, Chatsworth House

Outdoors/Indoors Chatsworth Exhibition, until February 28.
More details at peakdistrictartisans.co.uk

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.

Smallprint Company, Friary Street, Derby

More details at smallprintcompany.com

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne

Walking in Circles by Sue Lewis-Blake February 1-28. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. For more information go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

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 craft workshops for all ability levels. 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, Richard Pett, Sam Toft, Alex Clarke,Thomas Joseph and Ian Daisley.
Go to wirksworthframing.co.uk for details.

West Studios, Chesterfield

The gallery has work by students from Chesterfield College.
Go to chesterfield.ac.uk or email hello@weststudios.co.uk for more details.

Theatre

Belper Community Theatre, John O’ Gaunts Way, Belper

Belper Musical Theatre presents the Olivier Award-winning musical Our House, February 20-23, 7.15, Wednesday to Friday and 1.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday .
Through the music of 1970s ska band Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us.

Buxton Drama League, Burbage Institute, Buxton

Captain Hook’s Revenge,Friday February 1, 7.30pm, February 2, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, February 8, 7.30pm and February 9, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. More details on page 54.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton 

Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants, Oddsocks Productions, February 3, 7pm. More details on page 53.
Bing Live! Bing Goes to the Theatre. The first ever Bing stage show for families, February 20, 1pm and 4pm and February 21 10am and 1pm.
Tickets at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

St Peter’s Church, Belper

George Gunby and Derwent Valley on Demand present Bloody Mary, The Story of Mary Tudor, Queen of England, February 9, 7.30pm. More details on page 52. Tickets from belperartsfestival.org

Derby Theatre, and Derby Theatre Studio, Derby

Noughts and Crosses, a gripping Romeo and Juliet story based on the best-selling novel by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz. It is a captivating drama of love and what it means to grow up in a divided world. February 1-16.
Pizza Shop Heroes by Phosphoros Theatre, February 2. Read more on pages 11-13.
DadMan: The Bath Time Warrior, February 3.
She’s A Good Boy, February 8.
Wriggly Tickly Things, for families, February 9.
The Worst Witch, a new play by Emma Reeves, February 18-20.
Luca Rutherford’s Political Party, February 22.
What Fatima Did… – a funny provocative exploration of attitudes to identity, freedom and multi-culturalism. February 27-March 2.
Pink Lemonade, a multi-disciplinary solo show fusing spoken word, sound and movement. Details at derbytheatre.co.uk

Live & Local, various locations

Tangram Theatre, A Hundred Different Words for Love, Brimington  Community Centre, Brimington, Chesterfield, January 26, 7pm. For tickets telephone 01246 559126.
The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by Two Gents Productions, Milton Village Hall, February 9, 7.30pm. For tickets telephone 01283 703075.
It is Now, by Anonymous is a Woman, a charming, funny show detailing the chaos that ensues at a wedding taking place on the day of the 1966 World Cup Final, Biggin Village Hall, February 17, 7.30pm. Tickets, 01298 84907.

The Wonderful Discovery of Witches in the County of Lancaster, The Burton Institute, Winster, February 27, Great Longstone Village Hall, March 2.

Comedy

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

The star of Mark Steel’s in Town (BBC Radio 4) brings his sell-out show to Bakewell on March 2. For tickets go to ticketsource.co.uk/date/562924.

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, February 1, 8pm El Baldiniho and March 1, Sean Percival.
Henning Wehn, Get On With It, March 9, 7.30pm. Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk 

Derby Theatre, Derby

Lee Nelson: Serious Joker, February 22. For tickets go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Funhouse Comedy Club, various locations

The Old Bell, Sadler Gate, Derby, Vince Atta, Matt Rees, and Peter McCole with compere Dave Bryon, Ferburary 1.
Julian Dean, Matt Stellingwerf and Lindsey Santoro with compere Barry Dodds, March 1.Book tickets for all Funhouse Comedy shows at funhousecomedyclub.co.uk

Dance

Buxton Opera House, and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Transitions Dance Company – The 2019 Triple Bill, March 7, 7.30pm. For more details go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Out of the Loop presented by Circomedia, February 2, 7.30pm. Attempting to discover what it means to be ‘out of the loop’, the BA students of Circomedia take you on an exploration of connection and disconnection. Contemporary circus, physical theatre and comedy with a few near misses.
 TRIBE// debut show Still I Rise, February 14. more details on previous page.
LaDéDa Cabaret presented by Scarlett Daggers and Déda, February 16, 8pm.
Tarzana presented by Gramaphones, recommended for three-eight-year-olds, March 2, 11am and 3pm.
Interface 19, March 8, 7.30pm. Interface 19 will showcase the best youth dance talent from schools and community groups across Derby and Derbyshire.
For tickets go to deda.uk.com

Live & Local, various location

Flamenco, Alma Gitana, presented by Alma Gitana Grupo, an acclaimed ensemble of voice, guitar, cajon percussion and dance full of passion, power and technical command.
Thrilling footwork, extraordinary singing and outstanding guitar.
St Leonard’s Mission Church, Spital, Chesterfield, February 15, 7.30pm, tickets, 01246 220741 and Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, February 16, 7.30pm, tickets 01663 308202.
For more information about all shows go to liveandlocal.org.uk

Sensational Salsa, The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

A series of relaxed salsa dance classes for beginners and improvers are held on Tuesdays upstairs at The Old Clubhouse, in Buxton,with beginners from 7.30pm to 8.30pm and improvers from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
Contact Sensational Salsa on 07811 100191 or email sensationalsalsa@yahoo.co.uk for more details.

Spoken word

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Adventure Festival, Steve Birkinshaw and Martin Stone, two British fell-running legends, February 12, 7.30pm.
Joan Collins Unscripted, February 24, 7.30pm.
An Evening with the Hairy Bikers, March 1, 7.30pm.
Tickets from buxtonoperathouse.org.uk

Chatsworth House, Chatsworth

This winter the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, their son Lord Burlington, and key members of the team that keep the great estate running will be sharing some of their favourite stories in a series of talks about life at Chatsworth.
Decisive moments, February 1,
After university Lord Burlington studied photography under Jorge Lewinski and here he discusses his personal collection, including photographic moments from the Cavendish family history.
Graffiti and other stories, February 15. From historic political graffiti on floorboards to names scratched on window panes, Head Housekeeper Janet Bitton reveals some of her favourite discoveries, often unseen by visitors.
The garden: past, present and future, March 1. With predecessors including giants such as Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown, Chatsworth Head Gardener Steve Porter will share his insights into the history of the Chatsworth Garden and its future.
Weird weather, March 8. From unusually cold weather and heavy rain in the early months of the year to the heatwave of the summer, the exceptional weather challenges of 2018 posed some unusual challenges for Chatsworth as explained by Farms Manager, David Howlett, and Head Forester, John Everitt. For more information go to Chatsworth.org

Derby Poetry Society

Adrian Buckner reads the late poems of Auden and also his own poems from his five collections, February 8.
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

The internationally renowned storytelller Sef Townsend performing The Pongo’s Dream – El Sueño del Pongo accompanied by Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade. Sef is an engaging and captivating storyteller who has travelled the world with his tales. The Pong’s Dream is compiled from his own research in Chile and Argentina Sef brings tales from that other often overlooked, América.
These are the stories of the people who disappeared from the land, the secret stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting all corners of this remarkable world.Most of these stories will be new to UK audiences and they are accompanied with the captivating rhythms of Tango, Cueca and Chacarera from Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.
Friday February 1, 7.30pm. More details at 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.

Music

Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

The Illegal Eagles, February 3, 7.30pm.
Aretha – Respect, February 9, 7.30pm.
Cloudbusting, Performing the music of Kate Bush, February 14, 7.30pm.
What’s Love Got To Do With It, A Tribute to Tina Turner, February 23, 7.30pm.
Wilko Johnson, with special guest Glenn Tilbrook, February 28, 7.30pm.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

The Hairy Dog, Derby

More details at hairydogderby.co.uk

Queen’s Head, Belper

Zetor in the Kailyard.Scottish duo, February 16.
The Ferretts plus Andy Bole (Bonfire Radicals), March 9. For more details go to queensheadbelper.weebly.com 

Folk and Jazz

Alstonefield Village Hall

Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton, March 2. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, this duo never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere. For more details go to alstonefield.org. Tickets from 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
For tickets go to black-dog-radio.com

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Fisherman’s Friends, February 18, 7.30pm. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for more details.

Chesterfield Jazz, Club Chesterfield, Chester Street, Chesterfield

A Tribute to Dave Grusin, February 21. For details go to chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com.

Derby Jazz
Ben Martin’s Electrickery Band, The Cube Deda, February 1.
Wendy Kirkland’s Piano Divas, Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, February 15, 7.30pm
Xhosa Cole Quartet, Baby People, Derby, February 16, 8pm.
Tori Freestone Trio, March 1, The Cube, Deda.
Go to derby-jazz.co.uk for details.

Derby Theatre, Derby

King For A Day: The Nat King Cole Story, February 21. For more details go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The IOTA – the solo talents of Tom Jones-mentored Voice 2014 finalist Sally Barker with multi-instrumentalists Anna Ryder and Marion Fleetwood. All three play guitars, sing and write the songs as well as performing a smattering of well chosen cover tunes, February 1.
Bayfield Booth, February 23. Songs from the heart, of lives lived, love and loss from singer, songwriter and storyteller Mat Bayfield (ex-Broadside Boys) and singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer David Edward Booth. David, who was born in Buxton, and Mat are based in Suffolk and are coming to Derbyshire to record some tracks for their debut CD as a duo with Whaley Bridge Brass Band with which David used to play.
n Sunday BuskStop. Free monthly gig usually the third Sunday of the month. Free entry; donations invited, February 16, noon to 2pm. Full details at thegreenmangallery.com

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Creedence Clearwater Reimagined, February 14, 7.30pm.
Lau, February 15, 8pm. For tickets go to derbylive.co.uk

Live & Local, various locations

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, The Verney Institute, Pleasley, tickets from 01623 810035.
Noble Jacks In Concert, Chinley Community Centre, Chinley, tickets, 07867723062.
Sam Lewis In Concert, Melbourne Assembly Rooms, Melbourne, tickets 01332 863522.
Rockin’ In Rhythm – The Genius of Duke Ellington, Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich February 17, 7.30pm. The flawless jazz singer Sarah Moule and immaculate pianist Simon Wallace make a perfect duo of talents. Here they bring to elegant life the music of the jazz titan Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington, the paramount orchestral figure in jazz. Stunning arrangements of songs from the vast repertoire of his work blend with fascinating Ellingtonia to glorious effect. An intimate and striking voice-and-piano show. Tickets 01773 853260.
The Beginnings of Fairport Convention presented by Ashley Hutchings, Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, March 2, 7.30pm. Tickets 03336663366.
For more details go to liveandlocal.org.uk.

Melbourne Assembly Rooms

Carradine’s Cockney Sing-a-long with Tom Carradine on the old Joanna, February 9, 7.30pm. Details  at melbourneassemblyrooms.co.uk

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

Masons Apron, February 13 and Martin Heaton, February 27. Acoustic sessions with guests second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Go to folkandblues.wixsite.com for details.

Peak Concerts, The County Lounge, Matlock

Steve Knightley, February, 20, 8pm. For tickets go to peak-concerts.co.uk

PR promotions various venues

The James Brothers In Concert, February 16, 8pm, Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 or Dave 01773 856545
Winter:Wilson, March 7, 8pm, Lion Hotel, Bridge Street, Belper. Top Lincolnshire Duo bring an evening of Folk Roots and Acoustic Music on guitar, banjo and accordion. For more information http://www.prpromotions.org.uk Ticket Hotline 01773 853428

St George’s Church, New Mills

The East Pointers – a Canadian Folk group who are making waves around the world. February 2. Tickets from newmillsfestival.co.uk.

Classical Music

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

The Vision String Quartet. Jakob Encke, Daniel Stoll, Sander Stuart and Leonard Disselhorst. The quartet has established itself as one of the finest young string quartets of its generation. Their distinctive characteristics of performing all their programmes from memory and standing up, lend their performances an added intimacy and intensity which has been widely praised. For details go to abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

Ashbourne Singers

Steve Duckworth Pupil Concert at St Oswald’s Church, Ashbourne, February 10. More details at ashbournesingers.org.uk

Bakewell Town Hall, Bakewell

Town Hall Chamber Series starts on March 31 with the Selkova String Quartet. You can read a review of one of their concerts on page 56. Details from bakewelltownhall.co.uk

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Coffee Concerts: Michael Choi and Wyn Chan, February 1, 1pm; and Owen Bunting, March 1, 1pm.
Collabro, Road to the Royal Albert Hall, February 15, 7.30pm.
Pasadena Roof Orchestra, February 17, 7.30pm.
Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Belper Arts Festival Concerts, Strutts Centre, Belper

Russian virtuoso pianist Sergei Podobedov is returning to the town for a second concert after his sell-out performance in September. February 23, 7.30pm. For more details go to belperartsfestival.org

Derby A Cappella

The group rehearses every Tuesday evening at Chester Green Community Centre, Derby, from 7.30pm-10pm. If you would like them to sing at an event, or if would like to join them please contact Gordon on 01332 518594 or gordonsavage@yahoo.co.uk You can also go to derbyacappella.co.uk

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

Eblana String Trio, February 8. Beethoven: String Trio in G, Op.9 No.1; Lawrie Rose: Transformations for String Trio; Finzi: Prelude and Fugue; Sally Beamish: The King’s Alchemist; Moeran: String Trio in G.
Florian Mitrea on piano, March 1. Details at derbychambermusic.org 

Derby Cathedral, Derby

The Sixteen performing Monteverdi’s Vespers, February 1, 7.30pm.
Derby High and Grammar School Joint Choral Concert, March 2, 7.30pm.
Derby Concert Orchestra, March 9, 7pm.Classical pieces from Lyador, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov.
City of Sanctuary Fundraising Concert, March 15, with pianist Margaret Fingerhut. See more details on page 43.
More details from derbycathedral.org

Derby Theatre, Derby

A Very Special Evening with Russell Watson, March 4. For tickets go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Sinfonia Viva, will take the audience on an exploration of Mozart at a special concert on Wednesday February 6.

Searching For Mozart is the first in a series of explorations into the world’s most famous composers.

The concert, which starts at 7.30pm, has been curated by Sinfonia Viva’s principal conductor Frank Zielhorst and will feature celebrated French Horn soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill. Tickets from derbylive.co.uk

Matlock Music, Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Matlock

The Marmen Quartet,  musicians Johannes Marmen, Ricky Gore, Bryony Gibson-Cornish and Steffan Morris. playing Mendelssohn String Quartet Op.80; Mozart String Quartet K.387; Beethoven String Quartet Op.59/3, February 1.
More details at matlockmusic.org

Music at Duffield, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield

Oliver Wass, harp. Oliver has won international competitions in Italy, Hungary and the UK, and he is the first harpist ever to win the Guildhall Gold Medal, the Guildhall’s most prestigious prize. He made his concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in November.
February 15. Doors open at 7pm. For more details go to musicatduffield.com

Peak Music Society, St Peter’s Church, Edensor

Syzygy – a saxophone quartet, February 6. Go to peakmusicsocietybtck.co.uk for more details.

Sitwell Singers, Strutts Centre, Belper

Join the singers for a day to sing Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, also known as the “Nelson” mass. They will also study Mozart’s motet Ave Verum Corpus, with an accompaniment arranged for piano by Malcolm Goldring. March 2, 10.30am-5pm.
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 9.30-11.30am, New Mills; and Wednesdays 1.15-3.45pm, Hazel Grove.
Beginners and Improvers welcome.
For more detai 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@yahoo.co.uk, http://www.annealldread.com or on 07817745705

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, derbyshire.gov.uk/coursesearch

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 link, keyword ‘masterclass’.

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

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

Multi-Block Linocut for IPE, February 2 and 3, 11am-3pm. Learn how to create, carve and print a multi-colour linocut from two blocks during this two-day course.
An Introduction to Printmaking night class, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6pm-9pm.
Mono Printing with Found Objects, February 9,11am-3pm.
Screen Printed Poster, February 16, 11am-4pm. Suitable for beginners.
Drypoint on Copper, February 16, 11am-4pm. Drypoint is a printmaking technique that creates a line-based image by using sharp tools to scratch into the surface of a copper plate.

Colour Techniques with Intaglio Printing, February 23, 11am-4pm. This course would suit those with previous experience of printing intaglio plates.
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, Hardwick Hall, 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.
Saturday, February 23, Green Heart Crafts: Celebrate Nature. Show your love for the natural world at this creative drop-in session for adults and children 6 plus. 10.30am to 2.30pm. Free entry. Donations for materials.
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

Starry Nights, February 23.
Dragonfly, March 30.
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-12 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.
Painting Waterfalls in Watercolour – Workshop. Improvers. March 9,10am-4pm.
Watercolour Workshop, Say it with Flowers, March 30, 10am-3pm. Beginners/Improvers.
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 February 23, March 6, 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.

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. Plus programme of monthly workshops. 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 including Carol Hill, and Tim Fisher, and a variety of media. 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.
For details go to pamsmart.co.uk 

Pitchblue Creative, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth

Printing on Fabric, March 1.
Fabric Landscapes, March 16. 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: Textiles and Felt-making on Tuesdays, Big Brush Painting on Wednesdays, Textiles, Afternoon Crafts and evening Sip and Paint on Thursdays. 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

QUAD Derby

For information on any workshops or to book online go to: derbyquad.co.uk/category/family-workshops.aspx or call QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606.

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

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

Dave Gelder, Jewellery Workshop, February 4.
Sue Lewis-Blake, drawing from Observation, February 7.
Lewis Noble Painting the Derbyshire Landscape, February 11-13.
Wendy Darker animal painting workshop, February 19, Pigmy Goats.
Liz Wellby, Create Unique Monoprints, February 25-26. To book, phone 01335 347425 or email enquiries@stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk.
More details of St John Street Gallery’s artist workshops can be found on the gallery website: stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

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

Parkwood Throwing Courses, Parkwood Centre, Alfreton Park, Alfreton

Eight week throwing courses, Thursday evenings from 7-9pm; three hour taster sessions from 6-9pm and weekend throwing courses, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm.
Go to parkwoodthrowingcourses.co.uk for details.

West Studios,
Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Photography for beginners and intermediates, Monday evenings 6pm-9pm. Six weeks from January 21.
Photoshop for complete novices or those wishing to build on their skills. Six weeks from January 21.
Ceramics, for beginners or improvers, six weeks from February 25.
For more information call West Studios on 01246 500 799, email hello@weststudios.co.uk or go to weststudios.co.uk for details.

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