What’s on this month

Exhibitions and galleries

Artcore, Albert Street, Derby

Home: an exhibition featuring work by Delpha Hudson and Natasha Joseph, as the culmination of their recent residency,  until December 21, Monday to Saturday, 11am-5pm.

Baslow Pottery, 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

Like It. Lump It We Are All Connected by Beth Barlow, until February 1. Since 2017 Beth has been working with various communities to crochet the news. The resulting large scale installation provides an overview of news stories and how they are linked. 

Artwork 2019, Buxton Community School and St Thomas More Catholic School, until February 1. Staff and students present work from their GCSE and A-Level art examination courses. Go to derbyshire.gov.uk for 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.

The Circle Gallery, Rockingham Lane, Sheffield

Material Connections – Lettering work by Elizabeth Forrest. An exhibition of visually dramatic work exploring words, colour, surface and texture. The exhibition continues throughout December. Please go to thecircle.sheffield.org.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 Christmas exhibition is a joint one between the gallery owner Martin Sloman and Belper artist Ruth Gray. See more details on page 37 of the print edition. The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to cromfordstudioandgallery.weebly.com for details. 

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

The Dark Peak, a series of photographs detailing photographer Alison Lloyd’s personal encounter with nature. It runs until December 23.
n The Ocean Inside Us, an exhibition of work by Derby artist Paul Johnstone.The exhibition runs until December 23.
More details at deda.uk.com

The Derwent Gallery, Grindleford

Derwent Gallery Christmas Exhibition – Landscape Paintings of the Derbyshire Peaks and Dales, on until January 12. Dark Peak gritstone edges contrast with the White Peak limestone fields and dales in paintings by Kristan Baggaley, Gareth Buxton and Tim Hulley. The gallery is open 11am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday and 1pm-4pm on Sundays. Telephone 01433 630458.

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Japanese Ghosts and Demons, a exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. Alongside it Derby has put on an exhibition of Japanese watercolours and prints from its own collection. Both exhibitions are on until January 26. For more information go to derbymuseums.org

Duffield Gallery, 7 Bridge Street, Belper

Work by James Preston, Colin Halliday, Phil Dyke, James Brereton, Nick Walker, Lynn Smith, Peter Watson, Frank Wright, Jenny Aitken, Robin Mason, Ruth Gray, Mark Fox, Lynne Wilkinson, Mark Beresford and Martin Davis. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm and closed Sunday and Monday. For details go to duffieldartgallery.co.uk

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

Merry and Bright – a festive exhibition of work celebrating the season until December 24. Work celebrating British craftsmanship in a variety of mediums.
For details go to ferrersgallery.co.uk

Fleet Arts Studios, The Fleet, Belper

Fleet Studio Artists’ Christmas Open Day. Meet artists Jen Aitken, Emma Parkins, Jayne Nemeth, Nansy Ferrett-Paine and Sara Brighty Sunday December 1, 10.30am-3.30pm. Free entry.

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Stockwell Street, Leek

Small Worlds, a group exhibition of small work depicting small things.
Those taking part are Richard Wade, Marie McGowan-Griffin, Peter Fox, Michela Griffith, Frances Naggs, Philip Proudlove and Sue Fox. It is on until January 5.
The Foxlowe Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and the first Sunday of the month. Further details atfoxloweartscentre.org.uk

Gallerytop, Rowsley

The gallery’s Christmas Show features new paintings by Kristan Baggaley, Richard Barrett and the still life artist Jill Barthorpe; glass by Thomas Petit and a range of ceramics. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Go to gallerytop.co.uk for details.

Gallery In a Shed, behind High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar

Original oil and watercolour paintings by Carole Knight, and photographs by Phil James. Go to galleryinashed.wixsite.com 

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

Gallery in the Gardens, Buxton 

The gallery at the heart of the Pavilion Gardens is the home of the High Peak Artists group. It contains the work of 43 artists and craftspeople. Go to galleryinthegardens.co.uk for details.

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. 

Green Door Printmaking Studio, Banks Mill, Derby

John Denaro solo exhibition until January. The studios are open 11am-3pm, closed Tuesdays and Sundays. More details at greendoor-printmaking.co.uk

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The Winter Emporium, until December 23.
Sculptor Lindsey Piper is guest artist-in-residence until December 13. 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, Derby Road, Wirksworth

Haarlem Winter Exhibition, until December 20. An exhibition of work by Haarlem Artspace studio holders and associate artists open Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm or by appointment. For further information please get in touch: studios@haarlemartspace.co.uk

High Stone Gallery, 2D Via Gellia Mill, Bonsall

Featuring the work of photographer Ian Daisley, the gallery displays a range of beautiful fine art prints of images of Derbyshire and The Peak District, along with other areas across the UK. There are open weekends on November 30 and December 1, and then December 20-22, 10am-4pm. For more details go to highstonegallery.co.uk 

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

A gallery and gift shop with a beautiful range of work. The gallery area regularly features work by local artists. Go to Isla–Fine Art on facebook for more details.

Jarva Gallery, Market Street, Whaley Bridge

The gallery’s festive show runs until Christmas Eve and features the work of nine artists and designers including the owner Lyndsey Selley, who is showing her work for the first time in ten years.
The other artist are Chris Clements, Jonathan Melling, Helen Parsley, Jenny Aitken, Paul Talbot-Greaves, Christine Cummings, David Meredith and Dave Coulter. 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

The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am-3.30pm on Sundays. Wednesdays by appointment only. For details go to leabrooksartscomplex.com

The Manger Gallery, Kings Newton Fields, Melbourne

The William Blake Project, work by Michael Cook, John Rattigan, Michelle Holmes, Rebecca Mercer, Elizabeth Forrest, Duncan Pass, Sarah Sharpe and Anna Thomas, celebrating the life and work of William Blake, until January 31. Go to mangergallery.co.uk for more details.

The Messy Hare, Crossley House, Burton upon Trent

A vibrant and creative gallery and coffee shop with almost 30 local artists on show. It is open from 8am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays. Go to messyharegallery.co.uk for details.

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

Winter Show until December 22. An eclectic exhibition of representational and abstract paintings, a range of ceramics and bronze sculptures. The gallery is open 11am-5pm, Friday through to Sunday. 

QUAD, Derby

Imran Qureshi, until February 9. Featuring an artwork made from over 30,000 pieces of paper forming an immense and astonishing ‘paper mountain’  Imran Qureshi, is an internationally renowned artist from Pakistan.
In QUAD Extra Gallery Spaces, until January 19, there will be an open call exhibition of small biographical art works. For more details go to derbyquad.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.

St John Street Gallery, Ashbourne

Lewis Noble and Friends – Broadening Horizons and New Trails, until December 7. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. For more information go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk

U Choose Smoothie Art Gallery, Ilkeston

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

Two Birds Gallery, Borough Street, Castle Donington 

The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday. It will be closing permanently after Christmas.

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, including 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

The Boys Are Back In School – Old Cestrefeldians’ Trust exhibition of artefacts from the Chesterfield Grammar School, until December 13. For more details go to chesterfield.ac.uk 

Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Wirksworth

Paintings and prints by Derbyshire artist Pete Gill, will be exhibited throughout December. See more details on page 36 of the print edition.


Derby Theatre, and Derby Theatre Studio, Derby

A Christmas Carol, until January 4. See more details in the festive show round-up on page 27 of the print edition and a review on this blog.
Little Red Riding Hood for young children,  December 4-January 4.
Frankenstein, January 20-25.
The Croft with Gwen Taylor, January 27-February 1.
For more information and tickets go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Hubbub’s Winter Wonderland Club event returns filled with sparkle, magic and festive fun. Join them for fabulous performances from the company and exciting guest appearances. There will be DJs, dancing and creative activities in the café to keep you entertained all afternoon. Hubbub Club events are suitable for all ages and abilities and there is an extra warm invitation to those with learning disabilities, their families and friends. For an afternoon full of fun in a magical Winter Wonderland, go along with your friends, family and carers, December 8, 2-4.30pm. For more details go to deda.uk.com

Buxton Opera House, and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Cinderella, December 12-January 1. See more details in the festive show round-up on page 27 of the print edition.
DEEP, Sunday January 26. See more details on page 21 of the print edition. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for tickets. 

Hasland Theatre Company, Chesterfield

The Anastasia File by Royce Ryton, January 13-18, 7:30pm (No Friday performance).
It is July 1918. Tsar Nicholas II and his young family are brutally executed by the Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg. Two years later in Berlin, a young woman is pulled from a canal following a failed suicide attempt and brought to a mental hospital. She slowly begins to reveal details about her past. Is she the Grand Duchess Anastasia, the heir to the Romanov fortune?
More details at haslandtheatrecompany.co.uk

John Port Spencer Academy, Etwall

Etwall and Mickleover Players present Alice in Wonderland, by Tom Corrigan, a rip-roaring, riotous, raucous and entertaining family pantomime, December 6 and 13 at 7.15pm and December 7 and 14 at 2pm and 6.15pm. Go to etwallandmickleoverplayers.co.uk for more details.

Live and Local, various locations

Double Bill: Sherlock Holmes and the Blue Carbuncle – Curse of the Mummy, by Last Chance Saloon, North Wingfield Resource Centre, December 5. See more details right.
Twice Upon a Time, presented by Daniel Morden and Oliver Wilson-Dickson, at Theatre at FSC, Tideswell, December 14, 7.30pm. For tickets telephone 07729 983005.
More details about all shows from liveandlocal.org.uk

Spoken word

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Jenny Graham, Riding Around the World in 124 Days, December 10.
Adam Kay, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, December 20.
Gary Gibson and Franco Cookson, Blood Sweat and Smears, January 21.
Michael Portillo, Life: A Game of Two Halves, January 23.
Tickets: buxtonoperathouse.org.uk

Derby Poetry Society

December 13, Members evening. 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.

The Lawrence Players, Chapel-en-le-Frith Library, Chapel

A fortnightly DH Lawrence study and performance group, which meets every other Thursday from 5-7pm.
The next few meetings are on December, 12, January,9 and January 23. The informal meetings are open to all. There is no admission fee. And prior experience is not necessary.
They recite, perform, discuss and analyse the plays and poetry of D.H. Lawrence, as well as his essays, criticism, articles, letters and excerpts from short stories, novels and travel works.

Matlock Storytelling Cafe,
Imperial Rooms, Matlock

The resident storytellers Helen Appleton, Rachel Murray. Gill Shimwell, Deb Page and Phil Coogan will be in action on December 6 with some Winter’s Tales, and the guest on January 3 will be Nell Phoenix. The cafe is always the first Friday of the month. 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 01298 71622.

Spoken Words, CODA vinyl cafe,
2 South Avenue, Buxton 

An open mic without a mic where people can read out their own poems and/or short stories or just listen to the performers and be well entertained. First Tuesday of each month, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Free entry.
For details call 07713 246391.

Ghost Talks at the Mill, Strutt’s North Mill, Belper

Join Alistair Massey and ghostly volunteers for a series of tales of the dark.
Local hauntings and ghostly tales from around the Belper area. Be prepared to be scared.
Tickets are available from wegottickets.com/belpernorthmill. Recommended for over-14s. December 7, and January 18, all from 7.30-9.15pm. 


Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Buxton Buzz Comedy Club, December 13 and January 3. 

David Baddiel, Trolls Not The Dolls, February 2. For tickets go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Derby Theatre, Derby

Gary Delany: Gagster’s Paradise, January 17.
Jamali Maddix: Strip Club Einstein, February 1.
For tickets go to derbytheatre.co.uk

Funhouse Comedy Club

Willington Dragon, The Green, Willington: December 23, Christmas Special, Tom Houghton, Daliso Chaponda and Lindsey Santoro. Compere Dave Bryon. Book tickets at funhousecomedyclub.co.uk

No. 28, Market Place Belper

Ship of Fools Comedy night, December 15, bring your own drinks. Booking essential shipoffoolscomedy@yahoo.co.uk 07804 56337.


Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

Where is Christmas? is an immersive dance performance for ‘little ones and their grown-ups’. Follow your imagination to discover a magical Christmas surprise.
It’s Christmas Eve in the Commotion Dance household but it doesn’t feel like Christmas at all. Piles of boxes are stacked and packed ready to move home, with Christmas nowhere in sight….Transforming the good old cardboard box into a wonderland of curiosity. For tickets go to deda.uk.com

Buxton Opera House

Russian State Ballet of Siberia, January 2-4. See more details above. For tickets go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Sensational Salsa, The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Salsa dance classes, Tuesdays. Beginners 7.30-8.30pm. Improvers 8.30-9.30pm. For details call 07811 100191. 


Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Joe Brown in Concert, January 19.
The ELO Experience, January 25.
For more details and tickets go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath

Radio Free Matlock present The Christmas Get Down on December 7. The ultimate Christmas party for Matlock will have dance music, Rock, Pop, Indie, Alternative and World music as well as a record stall This will be a joint fund raising venture  for RFM and The Grand Pavilion. For more information go to radiofreematlock.co.uk
Tickets from the grandpavilion.co.uk

Folk and Jazz

Alstonefield Village Hall

For tickets go to alstonefield.org or wegottickets.com

Bamford Moore Hall, Bamford Institute

Fay Hield, January 18. Fay is back on tour in 2020 and her first stop is Bamford. Tickets from Bamford Post Office at The Anglers Rest and online from wegottickets.com. Go to bcac.org.uk or Facebook @Bamfordarts for more details. Read more about Fay on page 49.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Cara Dillon, Upon A Winter’s NIght, December 7.
Andy Powell, Jazz, December 8. Details at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Coach House Studios, Wirksworth

Leftychris Album launch gig, with support from Trevor McMaster, December 8, 6pm. Featured guest musicians on the night are drums and percussion, Alex Ivanov; bass, Jon Wynn; violin, Annie Botham; piano, Chris Ellis; backing vocals, Rosana Coll. Recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Paul Hopkinson at Foundry recording studio chesterfield. Tickets from the Feather Star, Wirksworth.
Monthly Chanting Sessions with Glennie Kindred on the second Friday of the month until March, 6.45-9.15pm.
Go to thecoachhousestudios.co.uk for more details.

Old King’s Head, Belper

Belper Folk Club, every Tuesday at 8.30pm. For more details check out their facebook page or go to belperfolkclub.co.uk

Chesterfield Jazz, Club, Chester Street, Chesterfield 

For details go to chesterfieldjazz.wordpress.com.

Derby Jazz, Derby Theatre
Archipelego, The Cube, Derby, December 6.
The Claude Deppa Quintet, Baby People, Derby.
Go to derby-jazz.co.uk for details.

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

The Sunday BuskStop with Shortcomings Barbershop Quartet, December 15. Welcome back to Shortcomings – plus guitar interludes from some special guests. The Sunday BuskStop, will also be held on January 19.
Free lunchtime gig by local musicians with soup, cake and hot drinks for lunch. noon-2pm. Donations invited. Drop in for a short time or stay for the full two hours.More details from the gallery or at thegreenmangallery.com/whats-on 

Live & Local, various locations

RSVP Bhangra, Theatre at FSC, Tideswell, January 17, 7.30pm, tickets from 07729 983005.
Bonfire Radicals, Florence Nightingale Memorial Hall, Holloway, January 17, 7.30pm, tickets from 01773 856545.
A Parlour Concert with Mister Keith, Doe Lea Resource Centre, January 18, 7pm, tickts from 01246 850209.
Kiriki Club, Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich, January 25, 7.30pm, tickets 01773 853260. For more details go to liveandlocal.org.uk

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

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

Classical Music

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

French Korean violinist Irène Duval with Angus Wilson, January 10. For details go to abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

Ashbourne Methodist Church, Ashbourne

St Agnes Fountain Christmas Concert. Chris Leslie, Chris While, Julie Matthews and David Hughes. Monday, December 2, 7.30pm.
Since their first get-together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and multi-award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the festive season. Tickets derbylive.co.uk

Belper Singers 

December 7, 7.30pm, St Catherine’s Church, Cossall, Traditional Christmas Concert Roses and Thorns.

December 13 at noon and 2pm, Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, Christmas songs and carols in the medieval Great Hall at Haddon, by a roaring fire. See haddonhall.co.uk for details.

December 18 at 7:30pm, Tiger Inn, Ashbourne Road, Turnditch, Free to customers, an informal evening of carols.  For more details go to belpersingers.web.com

Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

A Christmas Spectacular of Brass and Comedy with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, December 7.

The Coffee Concert, Anella Quartet, December 13.
The Young Company and Kaleidoscope Choir Sharing, December 18.
The Grand Boxing Day Christmas Concert with Burbage Band, December 26.
New Year’s Eve Gala Concert, December 31.
Coffee Concert, Julian Liu, January 3.
The Kinder Chorus Choral Classics, January 12. Go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk for tickets.

Buxton Methodist Church, Buxton

Buxton Studio Choir, December 12. Tickets from buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Buxton Musical Society, St John’s Church

Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, a celebration of Christmas Music, December 15. For tickets go to buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies’ Choir

A Christmas Celebration, afternoon concert, Sunday December 8, from 3-5pm in Chapel Town End Methodist Church. Festive refreshments will be served.

Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society

Spital Arts are delighted to host a Christmas evening with the Choral Society on December 20, at 7.30pm, at St Leonard’s Church, Spital, Chesterfield. It will include festive music celebrating feasts, dances and song. Tickets are available from spitalarts@gmail.com and the Choir website chesterfieldchoir.com or by phoning 01246 220741.

Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, St Mary and All Saints Church, Chesterrfield

Christmas Concert December 15, at 2.30pm. Steven Roberts will be conducting  with piano accompaniment from Liz Heath.  Tickets can be obtained fromchestphilchoir.org.uk , choir members and Chesterfield TIC. They will also be available on the door.

Derby A Cappella, 

Derby A Cappella rehearse every Tuesday evening at Chester Green Community Centre, City Road, DE1 3SA from 7:30-10pm and are now working on a selection of songs for Christmas. If you would like them to sing at an event in 2020 please contact Martin on 07751 662991.
If you would like to sing contact Gordon on 01332 518594. Go toderbyacappella.co.uk  for more details.

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

For Ugnius Pauliukonis, piano, December 6.
Emmanuel Bach and Victor Maslov, violin and piano, January 17. For more details go to derbychambermusic.org

Derby Cathedral, Derby

London Concertante present Viennese Christmas by Candlelight, November 29, 7.30pm.
Derby Concert Orchestra, November 30, 7pm. For more details go to derbyconcertorchestra.co.uk
Derby Bach Choir’s concert, December 14, at 7pm, with the Helix Ensemble and soloists. G.F. Handel: Messiah. Conductor Richard Roddis
Tickets and more information can be obtained from derbybachchoir.com
Details of all concerts at derbycathedral.org

Derwent Singers

Carol Concert, St Alkmund’s Church, Duffield, December 7, 7.30pm.
Carol Concert, All Saints’ Church Aston-on-Trent, December 12, 7.30pm. For more details go to derwent singers.org.uk

High Peak Orchestra, New Mills Town Hall, New Mills

Mozart, Overture: La Clemenza di Tito; Brahms, St Anthony Variations; Beethoven, Symphony no 3, ‘Eroica’. Conductor, David Chatwin. December 7, 7:30pm. Tickets in advance from Jen Dale 07786782192, or on the door. Supporting High Peak Community Arts.

Sitwell Singers, St John the Evangelist Church, Mill Street, Derby

Christmas with the Sitwells – Join them for their traditional Christmas celebration of carols, songs and readings, December 16, 7.30pm. This year the concert features music by Chilcott, Gjeilo, Mendelssohn and Lauridsen amongst others, with accompanist Tom Corfield. Tickets from sitwellsingers.org.uk, from the ticket secretary (01332 662519) and on the door subject to availability  

Swadlincote Messiah Choral Society Hill Street Baptist Church  Swadlincote 

Handel’s Messiah on December 1 at at 2 pm. Soloists will be Harriet Eyley (soprano), Marie Elliott ( alto), Peter Van Hulle ( tenor) Damian Thantrey (bass). The organist is Stephen Mansfield and the musical director is Julian Baker. There will be a combined choir and orchestra of approximately 80. Tickets can be purchased on the door or can be reserved and collected on the door by contacting Shirley at shirleyswad@ aol.com

West Studios

Community Choir Recital. December 5, 10:30am. go to weststudios.co.uk for more details.

Workshops and Courses

Artcore, Derby

Many different creative living, health and well-being courses.
Every Monday – Craft Club, 1pm.
Every Wednesday – Art For Life, 1pm. For details go to artcoreuk.com, email info@artcoreuk.com or call 01332 384561.

Arts Society Derby, Landau Forte College, Derby

December 3, Imogen Corrigan, with a talk entitled Glad Tidings: The Story of the Annunciation.
January 7, Simon Seligman, with a talk entitled Debo: Mitford, Cavendish, Duchess and ‘Housewife’ 1920-2014. New members are welcome. Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of the month at 7.15pm, from October to June. For details go to https://theartssocietyderby.com/membership/ or phone 01332 751574. Non-members may attend as guests for £5 per person.

Adele Kime Jewellery, Whaley Bridge

Day workshops at a canal-side studio. Small group – maximum four. Beginners/Improvers. Learn a variety of techniques to make your own unique jewellery. For more details and booking go to facebook.com/adelekimejewellery or email adelekimejewellery@gmail.com

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. 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 07817 745705

Betty’s Sewing Box, Cokayne Avenue, Ashbourne

Craft workshops, crochet groups, quilting, beginners’ sewing, felting.
December 3, Embroidery in a tin.
December 5, Crochet Clinic.
December 7, 10am-1pm, Christmas Liberty Bunting.
December 12, Christmas Crocheted Wreath, see more details on page 39.
For details  of all courses go to bettys-sewing-box.co.uk

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.

Bob Neill, Pyrography Tuition

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

Chesterfield Branch Embroiderers’ Guild

First Thursday of each month 7-9pm The Saints’ Parish Rooms. St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TH. n December 5, The Dark Side or the Light, a member led evening.
January 2, Practical Workshop.
Go to embroiderersguild.com 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.

Derby Photographic Society

The society meets at 7.30pm on Mondays between September and April at Eborn House, Leylands Estate, Broadway, Derby. Visitors and new members are welcome. Full details can be found at derbyphotographicsociety.co.uk

Derbyshire Adult Education

Various courses available at different centres in the county. To book a place call 01629 533290, email swadlincote.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk or go to, derbyshire.gov.uk/coursesearch.

Esther Tyson Screenprinting workshops, Via Gellia Mills, Bonsall

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

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

Concessions and student discounts available. For more details and to book online, go to greendoor-printmaking.co.uk or call 07919 823 097.

Green Man Gallery, Buxton

December 7, Come and Sing – Derbyshire Village Carols. Learn some of the carols traditionally sung around Derbyshire villages at this time of year with Carol Bowns, director of Kaleidoscope Community Choir. Free workshop from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  All voices and levels of experience welcome. No need to book.
Every day – 6×4: Inspired by Landscape. Drop-in at any time and join this fundraising attempt. Entries can also be sent by post. Cost: £1 per entry. All funds raised help with gallery upkeep.
Every Tuesday – Life Drawing, 7pm-9pm. Over 16s only.
Every Wednesday – Creative Artspace. A session for anyone who needs creative space in their week,. 11am-1pm. Donations for materials. No need to book.
Writers’ Retreat. A chance to write without distractions from 10am-4pm. Monthly event organised by Writers’ HQ. Booking essential. Details at writershq.co.uk/writing-retreats.
For further information and booking for other courses contact hello@thegreenmangallery.com or 01298 937375 unless otherwise stated.

Great Longstone Village Hall, Great Longstone

December 5, Fused glass lantern workshop with Jane Littlefield. Learn fused glass techniques and make a beautiful coloured lantern, 10am-4pm.
n December 8, Fused glass Christmas decoration workshop with Jane Littlefield. A fun workshop learning fused glass techniques to make your own decorations. 10am-4pm , book for both via Jane@janelittlefieldglass.co.uk

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

Meetings first Wednesday of the month, from 2-4pm, visitors’ entry 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.

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, watercolour classes

Watercolour workshops, classes and demonstrations see lesleylinley.co.uk, call 07919 465222 or email lesleylinley1@gmail.com. 

Life Drawing with Lily Hammond Art, Ashover Village Hall, Ashover

The first Thursday of every month, complete beginners are more than welcome.
Classes are two hours and cost £15 with materials included. Eemail info@lilyhammondart.com for booking and more information.

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  December 11 and 14.
Louise also holds Bedfordshire Lace weekend courses. Go to louisewestlacedesign.co.uk for booking details.

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

January 18, Richard Holland, Landscape in Oils Demonstration open to all l0am-noon, followed by a members-only workshop until 4pm. Richard will lead us in sketching with our brushes, blocking out and creating a loose painting to build on our existing skills and explore new ideas.
The society’s Portrait Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am-noon. For details contact Doreen Andrews 01629 824640.
The club’s Mutual Help Group meets 9.30am–noon the second and fourth Friday of every month at Starkholmes Village Hall, 107 Starkholmes Road, Matlock.
Non members welcome to paint/draw in this friendly group, £3 includes refreshments.
Occasional life drawing takes place at £10 per session, phone 01629 584708 for details or email matlockartists19@gmail.com 

The Messy Hare Gallery, Crossley House, Burton upon Trent

Wednesday Evening Adult Art Club – not structured, just an opportunity to play with different mediums and share ideas, 7pm-8.30pm . For more details go to themessyharegallery.co.uk

The Old Lock Up Gallery, Swifts Hollow, Cromford

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

Pauline Townsend Silk Painter

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

QUAD, Market Place, Derby

An Open Session with Paul Hill MBE, Thursday December 12, 6.30-8.30pm. An opportunity to share your photographs with fellow practitioners. If you want to show your work (maximum 12 images – as files or prints – to give an opportunity for discussion), please contact Paul in advance at paul@hillonphotography.co.uk 

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

All classes include a kit with all the materials cut out and ready to sew, instructions, tuition, homemade cake and refreshments. For more details go to sewneedadrink.co.uk

Small Print Company, 2-3 Friary Street, Derby

Various courses including Creating a Letterpress Print, and Coptic and Japanese Bookbinding. 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 will be seasonal party fun on various dates throughout December. For details go to straightcurves.co.uk
There are also regular events see details of some below.
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. Go to the website for more information.

St John Street, Gallery, Ashbourne

For details of workshops coming up in the new year go to stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk. To book, phone 01335 347425 or email enquiries@stjohngalleryandcafe.co.uk.

Viveka Bowry, Life Drawing Classes, Strutts Centre, Belper

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

West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Winter Pottery Workshops with Martha, December 8.
Every Tuesday – Music with Mummy, 9.30-11.30am and Youth Theatre and Gekkota Arts, 6pm-8pm.
Every Thursday – West Studios Choir, 10am-noon and Stop Breathe Yoga, 5.30pm-6.45pm and 7-8.15pm
For more information call West Studios on 01246 500 799, email hello@weststudios.co.uk or go to weststudios.co.uk