January 2018

New Creative Project Brings Maths To Life

Derby-based regional orchestra and Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva has launched an innovative creative project that will use the power of music to bring Mathematics to life for young people across the city.

The project, entitled ‘Mathematical Advantage’ has been inspired by the age-old link between composers and mathematicians and follows feedback from city school teachers about the need to tackle the subject in a more creative way.

Gin and Rum Festival Coming to Derby!

Over 60 gins and 60 rums… Easter bank holiday weekend!

The Gin and Rum Festival are organising its first Gin and Rum Festival which will be held at the iconic Roundhouse in Derby.

The festival will take place over two days Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April, with two sessions running per day. Doors open from 12pm until 5pm followed by the evening session 6pm – 11pm.

Work Starts Restoring Canal-Side Cottages

Volunteers with Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust have started preparation work to restore six derelict cottages overlooking a stretch of disused canal in Draycott which the Trust is also planning to restore.

The volunteers are under the leadership of Project Manager for the Trust Scott Birkhead, a local, recently retired builder, and have been clearing up the rubbish that has accumulated over decades at the site and cottages.

Derby College Student Union President Attends Celebration Event

Derby College Student Union President, Carl Anderson, has attended a reception at the House of Commons to celebrate the success of present and past further education college students.

Carl was highly commended in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Student of the Year Awards 2017 and attended the event with Derby College Inclusion and Support Co-ordinator Peter Benyon who nominated him for the award.


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Unfortunately, the performance date of Russell Brand: ReBirth, which was scheduled for Thursday 19 April at Derby Arena, has changed to Wednesday 9 May 2018.

On behalf of Russell, his management has asked Derby LIVE to pass on his apologies

“We are sincerely sorry that due to filming commitments this show has to be rescheduled by a couple of weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience but hope to see you in May.”

Searching for excellent work from new artists

We’re constantly searching for excellent work from new artists or negotiating excellent new work from artists we currently represent.

Because we’re trying to source the highest quality work in each category to exhibit in the gallery – painting, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass – the same high quality characteristics are often reflected in different art forms. Work which is complimentary, or which works well together, happens frequently, often unintentionally

Pies, Love and Peas

Tideswell Community Players will be holding an evening of readings about love on the evening of 17th February, with added food.

The performance will cover a wide range of things we love so much, from people to chocolate cake to sport. The good times...and the bad.

Local Dancer returns to Midlands with Joss Arnott Dance

On Thursday 1 February Joss Arnott Dance presents a Triple Bill featuring
the internationally award-winning ‘V’

Joss Arnott Dance is making waves in the contemporary dance world, bringing fresh ideas, epic staging, wow-factor performances and novel collaborations, alongside Grammy award-winning musicians, to stage both nationally and internationally.

New Workshops for Spring @ The Studios

Lots of new workshops and courses coming up this spring at The Studios. Full details and online booking on our website www.thestudios.co with Tracy Fennell Illustration, Lucy Gell Fine Art Printing and Joanna Allen Printmaker and Textile Artist #newmills #printmaking #linocutting #drypoint #monoprinting #lifedrawing #acrylics #charcoal #pencil #workshops #artcourses #getcreative

OLD HAT JAZZ At Dronfield Hall Barn

We are delighted to welcome the Old Hat Jazz band for our first jazz performance at the Barn - don't miss this fantastic evening!

'Tunes full of life, energy and nuanced performance.' All About Jazz
‘A phenomenal sound… Huge amounts of style and panache’ BBC Radio 3
‘Ridiculously happy making music...’ BBC Proms

New paintings by Richard Barrett

New paintings by Richard Barrett will be delivered to  gallerytop gallery soon.  If you are interested in any of the paintings, please get in touch with the gallery. Alternatively you can purchase the work directly from our website and we'll deliver it to you as soon as it arrives.

Chatsworth Road
Rowsley Derbyshire DE4 2EH


16 February 2018
16 March 2018
27 April 2018
18 May 2018
28 September 2018
26 October 2018
DOVEDALE DUO violin and piano
7 December 2018
PIVA early music
1 February 2019
1 March 2019
12 April

Derbyshire Libraries Present – Hollie McNish Live

Event starts at 7.30 pm (doors open at 7.00 pm) Reading, Q&A and book signing with Hollie McNish, winner of the Ted Hughes Award for New Poetry . Join us for performances from poetic memoir Nobody Told Me a taboo-breaking, humane and funny account of new parenthood and Plum, a wise, sometimes rude and piercingly candid account of memories from childhood to attempted adulthood. Expect strong language as Hollie charts her journey through school discos, guilt, sex, politics, death and friendship allowing her poems to be interrupted by earlier writing from her younger self.



On the fabulous BIRDSWOOD boat from Cromford Wharf to the pumphouse and return. Post code DE43RQ


Water Verbs


Thirsty Poets.

Matlock Storytelling

2018 is now well underway and with February here already it's time to think of Matlock Storytelling Cafe. As usual we're on the first Friday of the month, so that's Friday the 2nd. This month is a must, climb out of your sofa come along to the Imperial Rooms Matlock and leave your winter chills behind as we whisk you away to India with Peter Chand.

Yes Peter Chand is bringing Dark Tales from India to Matlock,

Call Out for Déda Volunteers!

As part of Déda’s 20th anniversary in our Chapel Street building, we want to hear from individuals who are passionate about making the arts accessible to all.
We’d love to meet people from across the region that believe in Déda’s vision of enriching people’s lives through dance and the arts. We want to work with work with people who can help us to strengthen our links with communities, reaching new audiences and developing relationships across a range of projects, events and our regular seasonal programme. Interested?

TWO by Jim Cartwright - your chance to sit on the stage

Derby Theatre Friday 2 until Saturday 24 March
Your chance to sit right in the heart of the action….by pulling up a bar stool and sitting on stage for the performance
“Astonishing, funny and sad” The Daily Express (Quote from the original 1989 production)

Studio Session Supervisor

Long Eaton Art Room is a community based arts organisation which is located on Lime Grove in Long Eaton.  It is a Registered Charity that aims to provide facilities for the public in the Borough of Erewash and surrounding areas to engage in creative arts, with the main aim to improve people’s confidence, self-esteem, health and wellbeing, creating stronger communities through the medium of arts and crafts.

The Grahams in Concert by The Grahams

17 February 2018 - Crich Glebe Field Centre – 7:30 pm


Highly rated, Nashville based Americana band, The Grahams, blend deeply personal, emotive, and powerful lyrics, with powerful harmonies from the Deep South; a show to thrill and delight!

Drawing on influences like Lead Belly and Woody Guthrie, the Grahams are a treat for all fans of American roots folk music. Introducing their songs with explanations and banter makes the gig so intimate that, by the end, you will feel as though you have known them all your life!

Things to look forward to in the New Year

Test Drive A New You. After the festive season, the New Year can be a great time for people to ‘refuel’, set new goals and focus on being more active to improve their health and fitness. In Derby are kicking off the New Year with an amazing health and fitness offer to help ‘restart their engine’.

STEAMCHICKEN 2018 Spring Tour

The remarkable album ‘Look Both Ways’, was a sharp turn left for one of the country’s leading ceilidh bands. A conflation of British and Greek folk forms, musical theatre, jazz and soul, astonished critics and delighted audiences, with a sell-out tour in March and Boomtown, Stainsby, Warwick and Sidmouth festivals.

Love Is All Around Weekend at Cromford Mills

Come along and enjoy all the love being spread around Cromford Mills. There is excitement and fun all around for the weekend! Visit Cromford Mills on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February and explore the market stalls and take part in themed activites all weekend for all the family.



7.30-9.30 p.m.

REMS Café, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith

Come and share your poems or stories with us!

Dates for 2018:

31st January
28th March
30th May
25th July

26th September
28th November


Football Fun and Games Raise Money For Local Charity

Staff at independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son have raised £417 for a local charity – collected at a number of community events.

The family-owned firm, which celebrates its 160th anniversary this year and now has offices in Derby city centre, Alvaston, Borrowash and Ashbourne, attended several community events over the past year where visitors were invited to test their football skills in return for a donation.

Action Taken to Improve Care for Patients with Substance Misuse Needs

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve services for patients living with a substance misuse need following a report and recommendations by patient watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire.

The Healthwatch Derbyshire report highlighted the experiences of 59 people who were dependent on drugs, alcohol or prescription drugs as well as the views of 15 carers and 15 health and social care professionals.

Sinfonia Viva Appoints New Principal Conductor

Dutch conductor Frank Zielhorst has been appointed as Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva - the East Midlands’ professional orchestra, based in Derby, which has celebrated its 35th anniversary this year.

Mr Zielhorst said he was relishing to take up the role with Sinfonia Viva and to programme a ‘menu of delights’ for orchestral concerts around the region. 

Creative Masterclasses March 2018

We are pleased to launch a special season of one day Creative Masterclasses around South Derbyshire in a whole range of subjects. We have some excellent practitioners
providing exciting opportunities with something of interest for everyone. From award winning artists to master craftspeople, we’ve sourced local experts experienced in delivering workshops to provide opportunities for you to discover and develop skills in your chosen area.

Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling 80 years after 1938 tragedy

Seven new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery nearly 80 years since the 1938 disaster at the site.

On 10 May 1938, 79 miners lost their lives and 40 were seriously injured in an explosion at Markham Colliery which has now been reclaimed by us and Henry Boot Developments and is home to the Markham Vale regeneration scheme.

Matinée project reflects on first-year success

A project that helps people with dementia and their carers, family and friends combat isolation is celebrating after a successful first year.

Matinée, an Arts Derbyshire project which is funded and supported by us and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, arranges film screenings around the county.

Venues are transformed into specialised dementia-friendly settings, including café-style seating, warmer lighting and volunteer staff on hand to offer help when needed.

Help make pupils' Derbyshire song and video a hit

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Derbyshire are hoping a song they recorded together could storm the download charts, while also raising money to support music education.

'The Best That You Can Be − A Song For Derbyshire', written by composers Dan Whibley and James Manson to lyrics suggested by schoolchildren, is sung by 1,700 pupils from 46 schools and three area music centres. 

Buxton Opera House listings Jan-March

Thursday 25 January 2018 7.30pm

Brendan Cole presents

All Night Long

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage to wow audiences with his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. Brendan is joined by his sensational cast of guest dancers, his captivating leading lady and superbly talented 14-piece band and singers, to whip up an extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic.


Buxton Opera House

2018 at Dronfield Hall Barn

A Fund Raising Event for The DHT Garden
You  and your friends are invited to a
    A Bistro Burns Night at the Barn

Relax and enjoy a pre dinner drink in the Coffee Shop before being ‘piped’ into the Gallery. The Haggis will be honoured accompanied by Jim Gleaves on his Bagpipes before dinner is served.
Thursday Jan 25th at 7.00 -10.00pm
     A Welcome Drink 
Scotch Broth with a Rustic Roll
Haggis, Neeps & Tatties
Served with a Wee Dram of Malt Whisky

2018 Courses at West Studios


£185, 7 weeks

This new and exciting pottery course is designed to introduce you to a broad range of pottery techniques such as pinching, coiling and slab work. The course is suitable for both beginners and those looking to improve their skills.

Start dates are:

08.01.2018 (Monday Evenings, 6pm – 9pm)

11.01.2018 (Thursday Mornings, 9am – 12pm)

12.04.2018 (Thursday Afternoons, 1pm – 4pm)

Behind The Smile

Artists Collaborate To Raise Awareness Of Invisible Illness

Date: 26th February - 23rd March 2018

Private View: Saturday, 3rd March 2018 at 17:30–20:30

Venue: Bank’s Mill Studios, Bridge Street, Derby

Contact: hello@kirstieadamson.co.uk

Flash Fiction Writing Competition

Can you tell a story in 50 words?

Your story must be on the theme of ‘If Only’ and must be exactly
50 words. No more, no fewer.
The competition is open to everyone, with categories for 11 years
and under, 12-17 years and over 18s.
Submit your story online by 10pm on Thursday 8 February.

For more details visit: www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

The Bogtastic van heading out across the Derbyshire Peak District

The Moors for the Future Partnership’s Bogtastic van is gearing up for a busy year ahead, as a calendar is drawn up for it to appear at shows, events, conferences and fun days.

The Bogtastic van is aimed at inspiring members of the public about the Derbyshire Peak District’s moorland landscape, including iconic places such as Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and Black Hill.


new internet platform featuring the arts in Derbyshire is being launched from Belper with the pilot
podcast being available from 5 January 2018.

Derbyshire Artsword (www.artsword.co.uk) is an initiative headed up by composer / record producer
James Oldrini, artist / graphic designer Andy Mayers, presenter / photographer Ashley Franklin and
writer / producer George Gunby.

Calling all musicians in Years 12 & 13

Do you want the chance for your music to earn you £400?

Then you might want to know that on Saturday 7th. April 2018  a music competition will be held at The Strutts Centre, in Belper.

There will be a prize of £400 for the winning student, a prize of £150 for the student in second place, and a third prize of £75.

The competition is sponsored by the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir.

Competition details

Vacancy for a Dance Theatre Practitioner

We are recruiting a highly skilled, enthusiastic and committed dance theatre practitioner with a minimum of three years professional experience of delivering projects in community and educational setting

Derby College Group Chief Executive Selected For New National Group

Derby College Group Chief Executive Mandie Stravino has been appointed to a new national group of Principals who will advise the Department for Education on a wide range of matters.

FE Commissioner Richard Atkins has brought together seven Principals and Chief Executives from leading colleges across the UK to advise on skills policy including the development of T-levels.

Movie Nights at Iconic Roundhouse

Following the huge success of its first movie night, The Roundhouse Events team based at the historic Roundhouse, Pride Park, are holding two further evenings to celebrate iconic movies ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Grease’.

Game On For Derby Business Community

Applications have opened early for the second annual Derby Business Games due to the resounding success of the inaugural event.

The Derby Business Games will be held on June 14 2018 at the University of Derby in Kedleston Road – organised by Derby-based HUUB Events and Timms Solicitors.

A maximum 32 teams of eight can enter and there will be entertainment, food and drink available for spectators who are invited to come along and cheer on their colleagues, family and friends.

Derby Business Games is designed to be a ‘grown up’ version of the school sports day.

STOP! I have a learning disability

Patient health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Derbyshire has teamed up with the county's Good Health Group to better support individuals with learning disabilities.

Healthwatch Derbyshire and the Good Health Group - part of Derbyshire County’s Learning Disability Partnership Board - have developed a poster entitled – STOP – I have a learning disability.

Derby College Alumni Search

Derby College is keen to hear from former students to further build its Alumni and highlight their career successes to inspire current and future students.

Derby College was formed in January 2002 as a result of a three-way merger – bringing together two former tertiary colleges, Mackworth and Wilmorton and a land-based College, Broomfield Hall.

Derby College’s Joseph Wright Campus Celebrates Achievements

The achievements of students at the Joseph Wright Campus at Derby College have been officially recognised with a celebration evening attended by more than 100 people.

Students who have either graduated from or are continuing their studies for A levels, Creative Industries or Computer Science and Information Technology programmes based at the Joseph Wright Campus were presented with subject prizes at the annual event.

Draycott ‘Golden Mile’ Pledges Reach Major Milestone

Local people, businesses and canal enthusiasts have so far pledged £60,000 towards Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust’s £100,000 goal to reinstate a ‘Golden Mile’ of canal in Draycott into a leisure attraction.

The total has built up substantially since the open day in November on site showing off the Trust’s recent acquisition of six cottages. Although the Cottage Restoration will be funded from other sources, the public recognised the value of the two projects combined and pledged support for the canal line itself.