What’s On in and around Derbyshire during April 2020

Derbyshire Life’s guide to the best events in and around the county this month.

The government advice regarding COVID-19 on March 16th recommended that we should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues. This is very likely to impact the events listed here and those printed in our April issue which went to print before this announcement. We recommend you check the website or social media of the organisers or venue for more details about cancellations, postponements and possible refunds. We will resume updating this article when the government advice allows events involving large numbers of people to resume again. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


MUSIC, DRAMA, DANCE & CONCERTS 7th  Remi Harris band 'Light & Shade'  Exciting virtuoso jazz and blues guitarist with a unique style.  Crich Glebe Field Centre, DE4 5EU, 01773 853260, ticketsource.co.uk, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7th  Chatsworth Players  An evening of songs and scenes, in aid of Alzheimer's Society.  Bakewell Town Hall, DE45 1BT, 01629 810152, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12th  The London Mozart Players Oboe, clarinet and bassoon trio with a wide-ranging repertoire.  Cavendish Hall, Edensor, DE45 1PP, 01629 640482, tickets@peakmusicsociety.org.uk, 7.30pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14th  The Final Frontier  JKB Productions musical theatre show with a live band - comic spoof based on Star Trek.  Crich Glebe Field Centre, DE4 5EU, 01773 853260, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14th  Derby Concert Orchestra  70th anniversary concert includes Holst's 'The Planets' and Dvorák's Cello Concerto.  Derby Cathedral, DE1 3GP, derbylive.co.uk, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14th  The Jazzaholics Jazz standards played with verve and expertise.  Dove Jazz Club, Village Hall, Dove Holes, SK17 8BJ, dovejazzclub.co.uk, 8pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 18th  Whitney Queen of the Night  The 'ultimate Whitney Huston tribute show.'  Derby Arena, derbylive.co.uk, 01332 255800, 8pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20th  Josie Long  Comedy award nominee with a new show.  Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NR, ticketsource.co.uk, 6.30pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20th  Edgelarks  The formidable BBC Folk Award winning duo. Exquisite roots music with diverse influences.  Alstonefield Village Hall, DE6 2FR, wegottickets.com, 01335 310322, 8pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21st  Derby Bach Choir  Singing Fauré's Requiem and Missa Brevis by Kodály.  Derby Cathedral, DE1 3GP, derbybachchoir.com/faur, 7.30pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21st  Ma Bessie's Prohibition Party  Julia Titus sings Bessie Smith classics from the 20s and 30s.  Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, SK23 0HP, ticketsource.co.uk/chapelarts, 03336663366, 9pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21st  Gilmore & Roberts  Acclaimed contemporary folk/acoustic duo.  Brailsford & Ednaston Institute, DE6 3DA, wegottickets.com, 07711 416284, 8pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 25th  Sinfonia Viva  A Little Night Music, an elegant programme of pieces by Mozart, Thea Musgrave and Pergolesi.  Derby Cathedral, derbylive.co.uk, 01332 255800, 7.30pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 27th  ABBA sensation  Tribute show - sing along, clap or even dance.  Bakewell Town Hall, DE45 1BT, 01629 810152, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 27th-13th April  The Ladyboys of Bangkok  Dazzling diamonte-dipped song and dance in their most sensational show ever: 'Flight of Fantasy'.  Sabai Pavilion, Cathedral Green, Derby, derbylive.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28th  Music at Duffield  Sophie Rosa (violin) & Miloš Milivojevic (accordion) with an exploration of waltz, tango, folk dances and more.  St Alkmund's Church, DE56 4BA, musicatduffield.com, 7.30pm -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

EVENTS 1st  Artisan & producers' Market  At Dronfield's famous Hall Barn. Local food, drink and crafts.  High Street Dronfield, S18 1PY, 10am-3pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14th  Spring plant hunters' fair  Specialist nurseries with something for every type of garden, plus advice.  Carsington Water, Big Lane, DE6 1ST, 10am-4pm  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14th  Midlands Grand National  One of the most spectacular days on the region's sporting calendar. 8 races. Uttoxeter racecourse, gates open 10.30, 1st race 1.30,  uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20th  Bollywood Ball  Proceeds to the Padley Homeless Charity.  Marquee Derbys County Cricket Ground, DE21 6DA, 01332 774480, 7pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21st  Hunted in the Peaks Cromford Challenge  A 7 mile or 13 mile cross country treasure hunt while being chased by a team of hunters.  Cromford Mills, DE4 3RQ, peaksgo.com, 10am ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21st  Chatsworth House Chatsworth House opens for the season with an exhibition sharing stories of the fascinating lives of people associated with  Chatsworth. Chatsworth.org ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 26th-28th  Beer & Cider festival  Burton and South Derbyshire. Burton Town Hall  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 28th  Great British dog walk  5km, 13km or 3km walks organised by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Fun dog show from 10.30am.  Carsington Water Visitor Centre, DE6 1ST, hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events/gbdw-carsington-water ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29th  Spring plant hunters' fair. National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, DE13 7AR, 10am-4pm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 29th  Derby 10k  Derby's biggest race and a fundraiser for Derby County Community Trust.  Pride Park, derby10k.co.uk ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS Buxton Opera House 01298 72190 1st Ronnie Scott's All Stars  celebrating the 60th anniversary of the iconic music venue 7th Ardal O'Hanlon 8th Milton Jones 12th-14th The Black Veil chilling adaptation of the short story by Dickens set in 1800 18th Transitions Dance Co. a triple bill of short innovative dance works 19th Rumours of Fleetwood Mac 20th Purple Zeppelin tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin 21st The Carpenters Story a celebration of the classic songbook 26th-28th English Touring Opera Bach's 'St John Passion' (26th) and Mozart's 'Così fan tutte', a story of young love and fidelity ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pavilion arts centre  2nd-3rd The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde The gothic tale reimagined as a political thriller set in the USA 6th Coffee Concert RNCO's Naomi Rogers and Alexey Pudinov, 1pm 10th Martin Boysen & Ed Douglas, Buxton Adventure Festival, 7.30pm 20th Andy Parsons ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Pomegranate theatre, Chesterfield 01246 345222 4th Friends! The Musical Parody New musical that lovingly lampoons the hit TV show 6th Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe 8th Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen shares anecdotes of farming life  9th-14th Ten Times Table Star cast in the hilarious Ayckbourn comedy  15th A Musical Extravaganza Fundraiser concert in aid of the Pomegranate Theatre 17th Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense PG Wodehouse's characters put on a show! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winding Wheel, Chesterfield 01298 345222 4th That'll Be the Day the most-requested songs from 1950s-80s 5th Spirit of the Dance one of the most successful dance shows ever celebrates its 21st anniversary 6th The Everly Pregnant Brothers Sheffield band united by a 'love of beer, ukuleles and having a laugh' 13th Mercury highly acclaimed Queen and Freddie Mercury tribute 14th Get Ready Soul and Motown 24th The Fureys legends of Irish music and song 27th Francis Rossi chat and music from the Status Quo lead singer ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Derby Theatre 01332 593939 3rd-14th Macbeth Shakespeare's darkest and most fast-paced play. Prophecy, ambition, murder, ghosts and battle...  17th-21st Crongton Knights A night of madcap adventure as McKay and friends' mission goes awry, adapted from Alex Wheatle's novel 28th-11th April Treasure Island A rip-roaring adventure ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STUDIO 6th-7th Seeds 8th Mustard Doesn't Go with Girls 13th-14th My Mother said I Never Should ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 0115 989 5555 1st Anton & Erin 'Dance those Magical Movies' 2nd Elvis Costello and the Imposters 10th Clannad a farewell tour not to be missed! 11th Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tasmin Little plays Mozart's Violin Concerto No 4 12th Paul Carrack 20/20 Tour 14th The Hallé Film Music Concert The Magical Music of Harry Potter 16th-18th Riverdance The 25th anniversary show 24th-4th April Mamma Mia! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Theatre Royal, Nottingham 0115 989 5555 3rd-7th Royal Shakespeare Company performing The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure and As You Like It 10th-14th Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - Joe Pasquale plays accident-prone Frank Spencer 15th Ben Fogle Tales of a modern-day explorer 17th-21st Opera North Season with Street Scene, The Turn of the Screw and The Marriage of Figaro 24th-29th SIX The Musical Nominated for five Olivier awards ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nottingham Playhouse 0115 941 9419 To 7th Moonlight & Magnolias Screwball comedy based on the creation of 'Gone with the Wind' 27th-11th April Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo's classic story of a country lad and the Great War -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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