March 2016 listings

Exhibitions and galleries

Gallery in the Gardens, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

The gallery showcases the work of more than 40 artists and craftspeople from the High Peak Artists group.
Open daily, Details at

Art Cafe, Pavilion Gardens 

March 10-May 8, Painting Towns and Country – original oil paintings, pastels and watercolours by Carl Longmate and Kathy MacMillan.
Artist in Residence: Kathy MacMillan March 19, 12-2pm  Carl Longmate: April 1, 12-2pm.
The gallery is up the spiral staircase in the cafe and is open daily from 9.30am-4.30pm. Call 01298 23114 for details.

Cromford Gallery and Studio, Market Place, Cromford

Music of the Landscape – Maggie Robinson.The artist grew up in the North Yorkshire Moors in a musical family which has given her memories that combine stunning scenery with lovely sounds and it is these lasting moments that have been the reasoning behind the creation of her Music of the Landscape series of mixed media paintings, many of which are now inspired by the beautiful Peak District countryside.

The featured maker for March is Chantal Kelly a stained glass artist. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm. Go to for details.

Leabrooks Gallery, Somercotes

Chas Wilby, March 19-April 1. Chas is a self-taught artist who has been painting for more than ten years, during which time he has never had an art lesson, all has come from books. He paints in watercolour, acrylic and charcoal.
The Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm and 11am-4.30pm on Sundays. Wednesdays by appointment only. More details at

St John Street Gallery, St John Street, Ashbourne

The gallery has an eclectic collection of work by painters, sculptures and ceramicists including Lewis Noble, Ruth Gray, Wendy Darker, David Sprakes and Ian Palmer. The gallery is open 9.30am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information go to

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Quarried is a thought-provoking exhibition of large scale, colour photographs of the quarries and works around Buxton in the Peak District taken by photographer Colin Shaw. There will a chance to meet the artist on March 19 which is the last day of the exhibition.

Tarpey Gallery, High Street, Castle Donington

A new collection of paintings by Wirksworth artist Tim Ball, until March 20.

Opening The Gates – Geoff Diego Litherland, March 26-May 1. There is a feature about Geoff in this month’s artsbeat. The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday 10am-5pm. More information at

Gallerytop, Chatsworth Road, Rowsley

The gallery exhibits painting, limited edition prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass and jewellery. They also curate several exhibitions a year, presenting some of the very best artwork available in the UK. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. More details at

Ferrers Gallery, Staunton Harold Estate, Ashby de la Zouch

Can’t See The Wood for the Trees, until March 20, an exhibition of woodwork, furniture and tree-inspired craftsmanship. Ferrers Gallery is open 11-5pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Mondays except bank holidays).
For more details go to

Chatsworth House

Peak District Artisans’ Chatsworth Extravaganza – An exhibition of work by 35 members of the PDA in the Burlington Room at the Stables, Chatsworth, until March 13.  Go to for further information

Never A Bore, a collection of rarely seen and intimate photographs of the late Dowager Duchess, Deborah Devonshire by Cecil Beaton, from March 19.

The Grand Tour exhibitions open on March 18.

Royal Derby Hospital, Air Arts, Level 5 Acute Building

Impressions, the Air Arts spring exhibition featuring work by local artists is on until the summer. It is quite simply about people and the stories they have to tell. For more details go to

Artspace, Bramwell Institute, Main Street,Taddington

Fine Art meets Fine Cakes, Easter Art Exhibition 2016, March 25- 28, 11-4pm. Artspace, the Taddington art society, are collaborating with Taddington Teas Easter Café for their inaugural exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs, textiles and cards. See the work, browse the sketchbooks, talk to the artists and enjoy home cooked lunches and afternoon teas.
For more information telephone Diana on 01298 85336

The Mustard Seed Cafe, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith

A new gallery displaying art and craftwork from seven local professional artists.
There will be a range of original paintings and prints, hand-made glassware and textiles, organic cosmetics and cards, all at affordable prices and much of it unique. Open mornings Monday to Saturday.

Little London Gallery, Church Street, Holloway

Gallery open from 10am-5pm Wednesday to Saturday. For more information go to

Banks Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

The Beauty of Books is an exhibition celebrating the art of the book that aims to demonstrate the numerous hand printed periphery which traditionally surround books.
The exhibition will showcase work from members of Green Door Printmaking Studio, the only open access, environmentally sound printmaking studio in the Midlands which has outlawed the use of acid, solvents and other chemicals which are usually found in printmaking.
The exhibition will run until March 6 and will be open to the public week days 10am-3pm.  There will also be a special tenth birthday celebration on March 25 and 26 and a launch event on Friday, March 4 from 5-8pm.
To find out more about Green Door Printmaking Studio,go  or to find out more about the exhibition go to

Jarva Gallery, Market Street, Whaley Bridge

The gallery is a stockist for Emma Bridgewater ceramics. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9.30am-5pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am-4pm. More details at

Peak District Photographers Gallery, Bakewell Visitor Centre, Old Market Hall, Bakewell

Streamscapes by Longnor landscape photographer Michela Griffith, March 22-May 3.
More details from

North End Gallery, North End Institute Building, Wirksworth

Gatherings, an exhibition of sculputral forms by Rosalind Pounder, March 17-May 12 . See more details on page 26.
Contemporary arts and crafts by new and emerging artists plus vintage treasures, posters, paintings, postcards. Email for future events.

Déda, Chapel Street, Derby

The Print Project Group – an exhibition by a group of independent photographers dedicated to creating and printing monochrome images.

Wanda Brookes – Wanda was awarded a John Wright prize for her exhibit in the 2011 Derby City Open with her watercolour Autumn Gold. In her work she draws on memories from her childhood, when she played and enjoyed the freedom of the wide open spaces in Derbyshire. Both exhibitions are on until April 30. For more details go to

Studio 61 – Karina Goodman Gallery, Leashaw, Holloway

This year the gallery will stage an exhibition in aid of a charity each month. This month’s charity is the Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance. More details are on page 27. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5pm and on Wednesdays by appointment only.
For more information about the gallery go to

Etienne Gallery at In The Flow, Crown Square, Matlock

For the latest exhibitions go to

The Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery, Pilsley, near Chatsworth

Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery is home to the artist’s stunningly detailed paintings of popular native wildlife and exotic big game. Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. More details at

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.

Two Birds Gallery, Borough Street, Castle Donington 

A new gallery opened by Melonie Anderson, formerly of the Buzz Gallery and HWR Designs. Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5pm.

West Studios, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield

Chesterfield artist Arwyn Quick – Off Peak Views, until March 11. For more details go to the studios’ facebook page WestS41.

The Derwent Gallery, Main Road, Grindleford

An exhibition of work by Alison Tyldesley. See more details on page 26. The gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am-4pm, in the winter. Go to for more details.

The Old Station Gallery, Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley

Structured In Vision – work by Rachel Carter, Heather Duncan, Steve Gresham, Rachael Pinks and Kerri Pratt, until March 23.  The gallery is open Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday from 11am-4pm. Check for any updates at

Ingleby Gallery, Ingleby,
Nr Melbourne

Franklyn J Scott – A Diverse Selection of Rural, Urban and Night Scenes. Scott was brought up in Leicester where he gained his National Diploma of Design followed by an Art Teaching Diploma. He now lives in Market Harborough and has exhibited in galleries in Leicester, London and Newcastle as well as locally and in his home town. His diverse works include the natural environment together with urban scenes and transportation. The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am-5pm and weekends from noon-5pm.Go to for more information.

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

Until March 2 – River Sett Installation by Catherine Finn. Using natural objects found on walks along the River Sett, Cath’s fascinating installation depicts the journey of the river as a metaphor for her own personal and physical journey in recent years.

The Four Seasons in Buxton – a Pieced Art Quilt by Val Muir
On display for the whole of March, will be Green Man member Val Muir’s exquisite quilt which has been made with hand printed and dyed cotton pieces then free motion machine quilted.

A Spring Gathering, March 4-30. A celebration of the variety of visual art and craft currently being created in the area and an opportunity for local artists to showcase and promote their recent work. Paintings, photography, mixed media, textiles and a range of 3D pieces.
Launch Party and Networking Event on March 4. During the month there will be other opportunities to meet the artists involved and see them demonstrating some of their techniques.

Fairtrade Poster Competition, March 25-30.An exhibition of entries by children and young people to a poster competition organised by the local Fairtrade group. Prize-giving tea party on March 25.

There is also an ever-changing exhibition of original work by gallery members and guest designer makers from across Derbyshire. For details see the gallery’s facebook page, or contact or 07977 956707.

Smoothie Art Gallery, Ilkeston

More than  20 local artists displaying a wide selection of original paintings, prints and photographs for sale at reasonable prices in an open exhibition. For more details go to

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

The Grand Tour. Simon Starling and Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy from March 18-June 12. Family Launch March 26, 11am-3pm. More details on page 15 and at

Sir Richard Morris Lounge, Cathedral Centre, Derby

The Path to Calvary a striking and powerful series of lino cuts by London-based artist Mark Cazalet. March 1-30. Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. More details on page 27.

Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral will host an exhibition of 15 works of art by Derbyshire artists this Easter. The artists have each created one of the traditional Stations of the Cross.
The works of art in A Derbyshire Passion tell the story of the Passion – the trial and death of Jesus – with a Derbyshire eye. The works include paintings, textiles and lettering. With a variety of skills and approaches, they unite to tell the story of Easter.

A Derbyshire Passion will be open to visitors to Derby Cathedral, free of charge, from March 10-31. For details go to

Hall of Frames, King Street, Belper

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

Foxlowe Arts Centre, Foxlowe, Leek

A new exhibition from the Outline Art Group – a group of nine professional artists from the borders of Staffordshire and Cheshire East. They are Penny Beautiman, Bridget Bowie, Margaret Ann Brothwell, Vicky Christmas, Jan Fox, Anne Mychalkiw, Ondre Nowakowski, Ann Roach and Estella Scholes.
The group work in different styles across a wide range of disciplines including painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, stitch, original printmaking and installation.
The Outline Art Group exhibition runs until April 2. The gallery is upstairs at the Foxlowe Arts Centre. It is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-4pm.More details at

Whynot Gallery, Lichfield Street, Burton upon Trent

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

Gallery 23, The Colonnade, Buxton

The gallery features work by various artists including Steve Capper, Peter Stanaway, Clare Allan, Richard Clare, Caroline Appleyard, Peter Aitchison and Christine Ormsby.More details at

Kunst Gallery, on the A517 at Hulland Ward

Exhibiting contemporary work and 1970s screenprinted posters. The gallery is open 10am-4pm Friday to Sunday.

Cupola Contemporary Art Gallery, Hillsborough, Sheffield

Mandy Payne – Betwixt and Between, March 11– April 9.
Mandy Payne lives and works in Sheffield. For the past two years she has been exploring Park Hill in Sheffield, the Grade II* listed council estate and one of Britain’s largest examples of Brutalist architecture.
For more details go to cupola

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

Opus Gallery, St John Street, Ashbourne

There will be an exhibition of work by various artists in March. Go to for opening times.

QUAD Derby

Silent Signal is an ambitious group exhibition that brings six artists working with animation together with six leading biomedical scientists, to create experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body.
It is on until March 6.
Go to for further information.


Buxton Opera House

The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town. Spike Milligan’s hilarious take on the Jack The Ripper murders, March 6, 7.30pm.
n Mitch Benn, Don’t Believe A Word, March 20, 7.30pm.
More information from

Funhouse Comedy Club

The Blessington Carriage, Chapel Street, Derby, March 14, Alfie Brown, Red Richardson, Sara Mason, Rick Carranza, Jamie Hutchinson, Ben Briggs with compere Spiky Mike.
March 21, Should I Stay or Should I Go, Champions Special. The winners from the last ten heats go head to head for a £100 prize. Compere Spiky Mike.
Both shows’ doors 7.45pm and start 8.15pm.

Tower Brewery, The Old Water Tower, Burton-upon-Trent, March 23, Christian Reilly, Alfie Moore and Jay Handley with compere Dave Bryon.Doors 7pm, show 8pm.
More details

Escape Comedy Club, Escape Yoga Studios, Olde English Road, Matlock

Check out escapecomedyclub on Facebook for more details.

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Bat-Fan, James Wilson-Taylor with stand-up sketches and songs direct from Gotham City, March 22, 7.30pm. More details from


Derby Theatre

Look Back in Anger by John Osborne in a Derby Theatre and Octagon Theatre Bolton Production. March 4-26, 7.45pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Jinny, part of the RETOLD series, March 7-23, 6.30pm.

Derby Theatre Youth Theatre Perform, two brand new stories from the youth theatre groups, March 22-24, 7.30pm. More details at

Derby Theatre Studio

Joan, a fearless new show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand along. Part of the RETOLD series cleverly retelling the Joan of Arc story, March 18-20, 8pm.
Schlock! Hannah Silva – Penned in the Margins, March 4, 8pm.
Whisky Tango Foxtrot, written and performed by Rebecca Crookshank, and based on her time in the RAF, March 5, 8pm.
Call Mr Robeson, Paul Robeson, famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner.A roller-coaster journey through his remarkable life. March 26, 2pm and 8pm.
I, Malvolio, written and performed by Tim Crouch, a reimagining of Twelfth Night, March 11, 8pm. More details at

Guildhall Theatre, Derby 

Legally Blonde, The Musical from Belper Musical Theatre, March 2-5.
Twelfth Night from Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company, March 8-12. Details on page 39.
The Yeomen of the Guard from the Rose Hill Musical Society, March 15-19.
The Curious Adventures of Pinocchio from Lyngo Theatre, March 26. More information from

Live and Local – Drama at various locations across the county

The Daily Bread, Badapple Theatre Company, March 3, Heanor Baptist Church, 7.30pm tickets 01773 718676 and Bamford Institute, March 4, 7.30pm, 01433 651755.
The Canterbury Tales from Blast From the Past, six of Chaucer’s best-loved tales in a musical storytelling show, Calton St Mary’s Memorial Hall, March 18, 8pm, tickets 01538 308619.

Arabian Nights and Days, from Shifting Sands Theatre, a feast of slapstick, clowning and wonderfully inventive theatre, Great Longstone Village Hall, March 20, 7.30pm, tickets 01629 640943.

Seven Ages, Kepow Theatre Company, face-paced visual storytelling and improv comedy, Tutbury Village Hall, March 11, 7.30pm, tickets 01283 8122248

Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby

Central Operatic Society Into The Woods, by Stephen Sondheim, March 8-12, for tickets call 01332 737034

The Partington Players Theatre, Henry Street, Glossop

Teechers – a classroom comedy by John Godber. Directed by Jose Warhurst and Kerry Morris.
March 14-19, 7.30pm. More details at

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, March 1-5. More details in arena.

Gargantua, from Buxton Opera House Young Company, March 3-5 Pavilion Arts Centre.

Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, March7-12, 7.30pm with a matinee at 2.30pm on the Thursday and Saturday.

The Railway Children from Talking Scarlet, March 29-31, 5.30pm and at 1pm on the Thursday.
More details at

Strutts Community Centre, Belper

Belper Players, Murdered to Death, Belper Players promise an evening of merriment and mayhem in their forthcoming production of Murdered To Death by Peter Gordon, March 16-19, 7.30pm.

Déda Dance Theatre, Derby

Hubbub Theatre Company’s Kessoku Tales of Togetherness. March 12. More details from


Déda Derby

Circa Tsuica: Opus 7, March 4 at 7.30pm and March 5 at 2.30pm.

Digiotopia from the Tom Dale Company which creates extraordinary performances that bring together urban contemporary dance, electronic music and digital art. March 19, 2.30pm.

Live and Local

Blast From The Past, Spiltmilk Dance, a fast-paced nostalgic laugh-out-loud dance performance/gameshow celebrating seven decades of British pop culture, March 17, 7.30pm, Taddington Village Institute, tickets 01298 85384.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Russian State Ballet of Siberia with Giselle, March 17, 7.30pm, Sleeping Beauty, March 18, 7.30pm and Swan Lake, March 19, 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Peak Dance Festival, a showcase of young dance talent from Derbyshire with a theme of celebration, March 21, 7.30pm. More details at

Bakewell Town Hall

Oxfam Winter Ceilidh with Grinah, March 4, starting at 7.30pm.Tickets from Bakewell Book Shop or contact Jude Brown 01629 815469


Rock and Pop

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

An Evening with Hazel O’Connor, with Clare Hirst and Sarah Fisher, March 9, 7.30pm.
Paul Carrack, March 13, 7.30pm.
An Evening with Lulu, March 14, 7.30pm.
Legend of a Band, recreating the very essence of the Moody Blues, March 23, 7.30pm.See

The Guildhall Theatre, Derby

The Bootleg Shadows, March 24, 7.30pm.
More details from
The Old Poets’ Corner, Ashover

Every Tuesday open acoustic night.
First and third Sundays Shaun Byrne and guests.
More details at

The George and Dragon, Bridge Street, Belper

Friday Night Music Nights offer some of the best festival acts from all over the UK. All the gigs are free and will run most Friday nights 9 -11pm.

Designate@TheGate, Smedley Street, Matlock 

Young Musicians open mic night – an opportunity for seven-17-year-olds to showcase their talent, last Friday of every month, 7-8.30pm followed by Adult Open Mic night – 9pm-late. Phone 01629 760033 for enquiries or bookings.

Bookcafe, Derby

Acoustic Nights Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm.

The Flowerpot, Derby

The Lancashire Hotpots, March 5.
Russ Ballard and His Band, March 12.`
Ian Siegal Band, March 19.
Acoustic sessions every Wednesday.
Details of gigs and acoustic nights are at

The Old Clubhouse, Buxton

Live band every Friday. Go to for more details.

Victoria Inn, Derby

Kicking off their UK tour in Derby on March, 4 are the five-piece Alias Kid.
March 10, Public Conscience from Ilkeston.
March 12, Babe Punch a newly formed five-piece all girl, alt-rock/punk band.
Less Than Three Festival March 26 and 27.
More details from the

The Fishpond, Matlock Bath

Bikers Block Bands Rock, Bikers Parking Protest Day event, from 1pm.
The Balkan Bandits, March 11.
Matlock Bath Soul Bash,
March 19.
More details at
Folk and Jazz 

Guildhall Theatre, Derby

Maddy Prior with her new album 3 For Joy. More details at

PR Promotions gigs various locations

Next event, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby, April 9. Box Office 01332 255800, and PR Ticket Hotline 01773 853428.

Spital Arts, St Leonard’s Mission Church, Valley Road, Spital, Chesterfield

Rag Mama Rag (Ashley & Deborah Dow) are a country blues duo whose  repertoire of 1920s and 30s American music is wonderfully varied, encompassing Mississippi Blues, early White Country tunes and many other regional styles of the period. March 18, doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Chesterfield Jazz Club, Club Chesterfield, Chester Street

Piano Divas, March 17. More details at

Chinley Community Centre, Chinley

Nashville-based old-time/bluegrass trio Locust Honey String Band Saturday March 5. Part of Live and Local.

Chapel Arts, Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall

Salute to Satchmo’ Adam Hutchins and Darren Lloyd – a trad jazz concert March 12, 7.30pm. Licensed bar  and refreshments available from 7pm, tickets £9 from; or in person from Chapel Town Hall office; at the door on the night . More details at

Hollingwood Hub, Chesterfield Canal, Chesterfield

The Urban Folk Quartet will be in concert on March 9, 7.30pm.There is free parking. Nona’s Coffee Shop will be open from 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £9 and are available from the Chesterfield Canal Trust website or by ringing 01246 477569. A Live and Local event.

The Green Man Gallery, Buxton

A Night of Music #14, a regular showcase gig for young musicians. Acoustic sets including covers and original material by talented performers aged 14 to 21, March 19, 7.30pm. (Doors open at 7pm) Tickets £3/£2 under-16s. Booking essential.
The Sunday BuskStop, an informal lunchtime gig by local musicians. Drop in any time March 13, between 12pm and 2pm. Free event but please throw a few coins in the musicians’ hat. Soup, coffee and cake £3.50. No booking required.

Derby Jazz

Tom Harrison Quartet, featuring Cleveland Watkiss. Saxophonist Harrison’s Ellington Project explores the music by the jazz composer and genius Duke Ellington, The Cube, Deda, March 4, 8pm.
Arun Ghosh Sextet, South Asian Suite, March 18, 8pm at the Silk Mill Museum, Derby.
More details at

Queen’s Head, Chesterfield Road Belper

Sunjay March 5.
Winter Wilson, March 12.
For more details go to

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

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

The Old Hall Hotel, Hope 

Folk Blues and Beyond events
Singers and Musicians in the bar, March 9, 8pm.
Elliott Morris, March 6.
Go to for more details or call 07913331078.
Buxton Opera House

Jazz at the Arts Centre, The Tame Valley Stompers, March 6,1pm.
Scots Trad Music Award-winners Breabach, a young band who regularly perform worldwide tours and high profile festivals will bring their special brew of contemporary folk to the Pavilion Arts Centre, for the first time on March 6 at 7.30pm..  Formed in 2005 the group offers a medley of pipes and whistles, fiddle, guitar, cajon, bouzouki and double bass.
The legendary fiddle player from Steeleye Span, Peter Knight is back with Gigspanner, March 16, 7.30pm.
Snake Davis, Classic Sax Solos, March 19, 7.30pm.
More details at

Live and Local

See previous entries for Spital Arts, Chinley and Hollingwood Hub.

The Urban Folk Quartet, Hilton Village Hall, March 12, 8pm. Tickets on 01283, 730300.
A Brief History of Music, Blast From The Past, March 11, 7.30pm, St Michael’s Church, Broughton, tickets 01283585766.
Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, April 2, 8pm, tickets 03336663366.
Mambo Jambo in Concert, Hulland Ward Millennium Village Hall, March 11, 7.30pm, tickets 01335 370 629.
Aire Flamenco, Synergy, Crich Glebe Field Centre, March 12, 7.30pm, tickets 01773 853260. See more details in arena.
Ashley Hutchings: From Psychedelia To Sonnets,  Alton Village Hall, March18, 8pm, 01538 703104 and Repton Village Hall, March 19, 7.30pm, 01283 702370.
n Rag Mama Rag in concert, West Hallam Village Hall, March 20, 7.30pm Tickets 01159 303340.
Mumbo-Jumbo: Troubadours and Raconteurs, Uppertown Social Centre, March 19, 8pm, 01246 590502.
Go to for more information.

The ‘Defiance Sessions’ Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop

Steve White & The Protest Family are East London’s favourite folk punk political sing-along band. Their’s is a revolution that’ll have you tapping your foot and smiling from ear-to-ear.

Led by Steve, a heavily tattooed Fire Brigade Union Activist, the band features Funky Lol Ross on mandolin and electric guitar, and veteran of the East London music scene, Doug E Harper on bass. Meanwhile banjo duties fall to award-winning player and co-ordinator of the renowned Walthamstow Folk Club, Russ Chandler. Folk who’ve heard them make comparisons with Billy Bragg, Ian Dury and even The Clash. March 26. Go to for details.

The Globe, High Street West, Glossop

Tickets £7 from The Globe or Support: Lesley Anne Davies Trio.

The Peak Concerts, Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale

Maddy Prior, Giles Lewin and Hannah James, March 26, 8pm. Doors open at 7.15pm.
Ticketline 01246 860022 or online at

The Fishpond, Matlock Bath

Chris Cleverley Live, March 25.
More details at

Classical Music

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Coffee Concert, Kalliope Clarinets, March 11, 1pm, Pavilion Arts Centre.Carmen from the Opera and Ballet International, March 20, 7.30pm.

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

Zelkova String Quartet, March 4, 7.30pm. For more information go to

Music at Duffield, Ecclesbourne School, Duffield

Martin Bickerton (guitar), March 19. Doors to the main hall open at 7pm.
For more details go to

Matlock Music Society Live Music in the Dales, Highfields School, Lumsdale

Concerto Grosso, Martin Cropper will direct outstanding string pupils from the locality. March 18, 7.30pm. More details at

Derby Cathedral

Sinfonia Viva, Timeless Classics, March 2, 7.30pm.

Derby Concert Orchestra, Stravinsky – Circus Polka; Sibelius – Violin Concerto (Soloist Sophie Rosa); Shostakovich – Symphony No.5, March 5, 7pm.

The King’s Men and choirs from Foremarke Hall in aid of the Rainbows Hospice, March 7, 7pm.

Buxton Musical Society, St John’s Church, Buxton

English Romanticism, Elgar, Finzi and Delius with Andrew Mackenzie Wicks (tenor), March 20, 7.30pm. More details from

Marple Choral Society, Norbury Parish Church, Hazel Grove

Haydn – Nelson Mass and Handel – Dixit Dominus, with soloists and the Stockport Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Joathan Lo, March 19, 7.30pm.

Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra

An English Spring celebrating the English composers Delius, Walton Arnold and Elgar, March 20, 7.30pm.
More details from

The Derwent Singers

Durufle Requiem. with Tom Corfield on the organ. St Osmund’s, London Road, Derby, March 19, 7.30pm. More details at

Derby Bach Choir

Spring Concert, Derby Cathedral, March 12, 7.30pm. Mozart: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Haydn: Nelson Mass. More details at

Abbotsholme Arts Society, Abbotsholme School Chapel

March 1, 8pm, International pianist Noam Greenberg, with the Ardeo String Quartet. More details at

Chesterfield Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Spring Concerts with the musical theme of Dreams, Fantasy and Legend, 7.30pm on March 19, at St John’s Church, Walton, Chesterfield, 7.30pm and on April 16 at Hasland Village Hall, Chesterfield.
Tickets £7.50 available from Chesterfield Tourist Information Office or Julia Tew on 01246418887.

Derbyshire Singers

Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Highfields School, Matlock, March 12,7.30pm.

The Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies’ Choir, Whaley Bridge Uniting Church 

Singers and Ringers, featuring as guests, Kinder Hand Ringers, on March 19, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available at Hall’s Mica Hardware Store in Chapel or on the door. For further details, call 01298 81 5965.

High Peak Orchestra, Chapel Methodist Church, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Spring Concert, March 12, 7.30pm with conductor Andrew Hodkinson, Bizet: Roma; Rodrigo: guitar Concerto with soloist James Swarbrick and Brahms: Symphony No1. Supporting Blythe House Hospice.

Spoken word

Matlock Storytelling Cafe

March 4, two shows for the price of one. First  Helen Appleton with The Hare, the Witch and the Maiden, a celebration of stories about the struggle between the seasons, new love, new life and the triumph of optimism over tired indifference.
And as if that’s not enough, the bewitching Rachel Murray brings Beware the Ides of March – What have the Romans ever done for us?
Go and listen to Rachel unpick and restitch these beautiful ‘second tellings’ of the ancient tales.
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. Details on 01629 580023.

The Tea Chest, George Street, Buxton

Spoken Words – original poetry and short stories, open mic 7.45pm-10pm, first Tuesday of every month. Contact Julian Cohen 07713246391.

Scrivener’s Secondhand Books, 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. For details telephone 0129871622.

The Barley Mow, Bonsall

A new evening of spoken work has been launched here this year.
Muse – an evening of lyrical delights is being hosted on the third Thursday of the month by poet and performer, Mark Gwynne Jones who says it promises to be an exciting mix of comedy, tragedy and iridescent ideas from voices past and present.
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James Brindley illustrated talk, The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of James Brindley, who is known as the Father of the English Canal System. He was born in Derbyshire and the Chesterfield Canal was his last.
The Chesterfield Canal Trust is giving an illustrated talk as part of the Brindley 300 celebration. It is entitled James Brindley – his life, his last canal and its unique boats. It will be given by Christine Richardson and John Lower
March 2, 7.30pm. For tickets,go to

Derby Poetry Society

Are We There Yet? Sally Goldsmith reads her own poetry, March 11, Room 3, Friends’ Meeting House, Derby, 7.30pm. Meeting fee £2. Members £1.

Buxton Opera House, Buxton

Mark Beaumont, Africa Solo, March 16, 7.30pm.
Andy Kirkpatrick, for Buxton Adventure Festival, March 23, 7.30pm. More details from


Buxton Film, Pavilion Arts Centre

March 3, Salt of the Earth.

March 10, Mr Holmes.

March 17, Suffragette.

All screenings start at 7.30pm unless stated and advanced booking is recommended.

The Buxton Festival of World Cinema is being staged from March 25-April 1. Further information from

Bakewell and Ashfield Film Society

Legend, March 13. Second Sunday of the month, Medway Centre, Bakewell, 7.30pm. More details at

Tansley Film Community Cinema, Tansley Village Hall

Far From The Madding Crowd, March 1. Seat reservations essential at More information at

Peak Film Society, Partington Players Theatre Glossop

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Tideswell Cinema, The George Inn, Tideswell

Selma, March 31, 7.30pm. Live theatre, opera, ballet broadcasts and films. More details

Cinema@Spring Bank Arts,
New Mills

In The Mood For Love, March 10. Go to for details.

QUAD, Derby

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Belper Ritz Cinema

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The Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth

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Derby Book Festival

Railways, birding and a special Celebration in the Cathedral event will all feature in the second Derby Book Festival being held from June 3-11.
At the celebration event, Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England will be in conversation with James Naughtie, BBC News books editor and host of the BBC Radio 4 Bookclub.
Tickets for these events will be available online at or from the festival box office at QUAD from April 5, when the festival programme will be launched at Derby Reads, which will provide a taster of some of the exciting events and authors that will be included in the festival.
The winners of the Flash Fiction Writing Competition will be announced at the same event. It is free but you need to obtain a ticket online or from QUAD they are available from March 15.

Buxton Festival 2016

Buxton Festival, featuring opera, music and books, will take place from July 8-24.
Opera performances include Beethoven’s Leonore, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi and Handel’s Tamerlano.
The 16-day festival also features 38 concerts and recitals from world-renowned musicians and singers including internationally celebrated pianists Stephen Kovacevic and Angela Hewitt.
This year’s book festival includes 43 talks by the UK’s best authors. Speakers include inspirational cook Sarah Raven, alternative comedy pioneer Alexei Sayle, broadcasters Melvyn Bragg and Joan Bakewell.

With 2016 being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, there are also events in all strands of the festival commemorating this landmark.
More details will be in future artsbeat magazines and you can go to to book tickets and see the full programme.

Lady Manners School, Bakewell

The school is looking for creatives in all media to display their work at the forthcoming Art and Craft Fair to be held on May 14 and 15 at the school
For further information and to register your interest please email:

Deadline for applications: April 8 and applicants will be notified by April 15.

CQ Saturdays, Derby’s Cathedral Quarter

Towers, Tunnels and Tales Tours led by historian Richard Felix, will be held on the first Saturday of every month.

From May onwards, the second Saturday will see the CQ Saturdays Street Circus and Déda Producing, perform live acts at the Waterfall stage in the Market Place.

Knickerbocker Glorious begins on the third Saturday in April with free entertainment in the Market Place produced by the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District and Furthest from the Sea.

Street Theatre, produced by Ashrow Theatre will also return every fourth Saturday from May until August.

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