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How China Petals grew a business despite a Global Pandemic

Banks Mill Studios on Bridge Street in Derby is a hub for creative businesses and just before the first Lockdown in March 2020 welcomed mosaic artist Diane Daley.  Diane runs China Petals which makes personal keepsakes out of fine bone china.  

Launching a creative business is hard at the best of times, however Diane has adapted her business and has successfully diversified during her first year, to ensure her business is thriving in challenging times.

Sinfonia Viva Chief Executive Announces Retirement

The chief executive of Grammy-nominated Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ professional orchestra, is to retire at the end of April after 26 years with the organisation.

Peter Helps, who was awarded an MBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to arts and culture, has been at the helm of the Derby-based Orchestra since 1995 – steering it through challenging times.

Dance Classes to Connect Us During Lockdown

With a range of styles to choose from, Déda wants to help people to connect through online classes this February and March.

Déda is delighted to welcome people of all ages and abilities to join their growing online community for a programme of online dance, fitness and yoga classes, recommencing Monday 22 February 2021.

Sizeable Grant Brings Sinfonia Viva Plans A Step Closer

Sinfonia Viva, the Grammy-nominated Orchestra of the East Midlands, is forging ahead with plans to bring high quality music back into the lives of thousands of people thanks to a major grant from one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK.

Goodbyes at Artcore

Last week we said farewell to volunteer Zahrah Alkumaim. She has been volunteering with Artcore as part of our In our Thoughts project and working along side Linda Foot to produce materials packs to hand out to participants.  

As a 'thank you' we presented her with flowers and a chocolate cake. "Best wishes Zahara as you move to a new city!"


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