What’s On in Derbyshire – November 2015

Dickens Abridged, on stage at Buxton Opera House Photo: Hydar Dewachi

Dickens Abridged, on stage at Buxton Opera House Photo: Hydar Dewachi - Credit: Archant

A round-up of events in and around Derbyshire in November

1st Markeaton Bonfire & Fireworks

From 2pm at Markeaton Park, Derby. Fireworks at 6pm. See www.derbylive.co.uk3rd Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Featuring Ensemble 10:10, conducted by Clark Rundell. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 01298 72190

4th Autumn Bazaar

Organised by the Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt, with over 60 quality stands. Uttoxeter Racecourse, 10am-8pm. Entry £5. Tel: 07590 016073

5th Theatre Organ Music Concert

Presented by Friends of the Burton Wurlitzer, with organist Nicholas Martin. The concert is free to those who live in a residential home or warden-aided accommodation. Burton Town Hall, 2pm. Tel: 01283 430035

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7th Buxton Adventure Festival

Talks from high-altitude climber Kenton Cool and climber Heather Geluk. Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 0845 127 2190

7th Derby Bach Choir

‘The Dream of Gerontius’. Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm. Tickets from Foulds Music, Iron Gate, Derby, on 01332 344842

7th RBL Concert of Remembrance

Music from Poynton Royal British Legion Concert Band, in aid of the Poppy Appeal. St Matthew’s Church, Hayfield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01663 743705

7th-8th Christmas Wishes Showcase

CW Sellors’ Fine Jewellery and Watch Showcase – the UK’s largest retail event of its kind. Chatsworth House, 10am-6pm. Register at www.cwsellors.com12th Festival of Remembrance

Entertainment from local performers and Long Eaton Silver Prize Band followed by a Service of Remembrance, in aid of the Royal British Legion. Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 7.30pm, £6. Tel: 01629 55478

14th The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir

An evening of music to support the funds of the Ashbourne Highland Gathering. Evening includes wine interval. St Martin’s Church, Osmaston, 7pm, £10. Tel: 07860 108248

19th Night Market

Over 100 stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to food and drink, plus live music. Derby Cathedral Quarter, 5pm-10pm

20th Only Fools and Boycie

An evening with John Challis, best known for his role as Boycie in BBC TV’s ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Tel: 01298 72190

21st He Wore a Red Hat

A festive ‘noir’ comedy, presented by New Perspectives. Crich Glebe Field Centre, 7pm. Tel: 01773 853260

21st Old Dance School

Renowned for their duelling fiddles and soaring brass crescendos. Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale, 8pm. See peakconcerts.co.uk21st Derby Choral Union

Performance of Haydn’s ‘Creation’. Derby Cathedral, Iron Gate, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 702162

21st Sitwell Singers

‘Sacred Music from the Renaissance’. St Osmund’s Church, London Rd, Derby, 7.30pm. Tel: 01332 662519

23rd Classic Rhythm

Flute, piano and percussion trio. Abbotsholme School, near Rocester, 8pm. Tel: 01543 263304

25th-26th Christmas Decoration Workshop

Festive workshop hosted by Julie Mellor, with the addition of lunch at The Peacock in Rowsley. After the event, participants can take their decorations home. Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, 9.30am-4pm, £75. Tel: 01629 810912

27th Belper Wind Band

Christmas lights switch-on event. Belper Town Centre, 5.45pm-8pm. Tel: 01332 880510

27th Beatus

Advent Concert. St Mary’s Church, Rolleston-on-Dove, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 813377

28th Belper Singers

Music by Pizzetti, Pergolesi and Monteverdi with concert pianist Beata Toyka. Strutt’s Centre, Belper, 7.30pm. Tel: 07990 658071

28th Derwent Singers

‘Music of Immortality’. St Mary’s Church, Bridgegate, Derby, 8pm. Tel: 01283 561826



2nd-7th The Mousetrap

Famous as the longest-running show in the history of British theatre, Agatha Christie’s masterpiece returns

8th An Audience with Lesley Garrett

Celebrating over 30 years in the industry, the British soprano presents an evening of reminiscences and song

10th Dickens Abridged

Adam London of the Reduced Shakespeare Company presents this fast-paced musical comedy

13th-14th The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s much-loved ballet is given a colourful makeover as six professional dancers take on the principal roles, with up to 100 local children joining them on stage

20th Nils Lofgren

The multi-instrumentalist in concert with special guest Greg Varlotta

21st An Evening of Burlesque

Starring some of the world’s biggest burlesque stars

23rd Pam Ayres

‘40 Years On’

26th One Man Breaking Bad

A show breaking all six seasons of the popular TV series down into one exhilarating parody performance

27th Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

A programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn with acclaimed violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin

29th Die Fledermaus

A unique Ellen Kent version of Strauss’s critically-acclaimed opera


9th-14th And Then There Were None

Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s own stage adaptation of this dark and captivating tale will thrill and enthral

16th-21st Jeeves and Wooster: In Perfect Nonsense

A delightful evening of theatrical absurdity and comedy featuring PG Wodehouse’s iconic double act


4th-7th Arabian Nights

A young bride avoids a grisly fate through her gift of storytelling

10th-14th The Madness of George III

Alan Bennett’s exploration of the darkness of mental illness

17th-21st All My Sons

Inspired by a true story, Arthur Miller’s American drama tells the story of a businessman who knowingly shipped damaged aircraft parts from his factory during WWII, causing the death of 21 pilots

21st Threaded

Three musicians combine stylistic harmonies and carefully crafted rifts

22nd Sensations of a Wound

New collaboration between folk artists Jim Boyes and Belinda O’Hooley centred around stories from WWI


8th Never Forget

‘A Remembrance Spectacular’

12th-14th Beryl

Maxine Peake’s critically-acclaimed play celebrating the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton

17th Pygmalion

The story of Henry Higgins, a phonetics expert who attempts to make a lady out of the uneducated Eliza Doolittle

19th Macbeth

An innovative take on Shakespeare’s most dangerous play, presented by The Pantaloons Theatre Company

23rd The Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet – La Classique


1st That’ll Be The Day

30th anniversary of the rock ‘n’ roll variety spectacular

3rd-7th Blood Brothers

Willy Russell’s moving tale of twins separated at birth

15th Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

A sparkling concert of ‘quintessentially English music’

24th Bellowhead

The UK’s most successful folk band on their farewell tour


4th-8th Horrible Histories

Two new shows – ‘Groovy Greeks’ and ‘Incredible Invaders’ – with 3-D Bogglevision special effects

10th-14th An Inspector Calls

The award-winning West End production of JB Priestley’s classic

Stunning performances of ‘The Barber of Seville’ on 17th & 19th, ‘Jenufa’ on 18th and ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ on 20th & 21st


1st The Four Seasons by Candelight

The virtuosity of the 18th century is brought to life in a candlelit setting

7th Sinfonia Viva

Pianist Ji Liu makes his concerto debut in the city with Mozart’s ‘17th Piano Concerto’

12th & 19th Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse

After working together for 25 years, the duo revive their classic comedy characters

14th The RAF in Concert

An evocative evening of 1940’s music

21st Jools Holland

The acclaimed pianist, singer and composer perfoms with KT Tunstall

22nd Celtic Woman

An all-female ensemble fusing Irish music and contemporary song craft

23rd The Star Wars Saga

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performs music from Episodes 1-6


2nd-17th The Rubenstein Kiss

Award-winning play set amidst the McCarthyite hysteria of the Cold War era

19th The Face of Britain

An evening with Simon Schama, exploring his passions of British history and art history

24th An Evening with Roger Moore

Celebrating 70 years in show business, Roger talks to biographer Gareth Owen about his life and career

Though care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of dates and times, it is advisable to verify the details. For more events visit


Allestree Flower Group 17th ‘Christmas Wish’ demo by Lorena Dyer in aid of Rainbows Hospice, Robert Ludlam Theatre, St Benedict’s School, Duffield, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 702601

Derbyshire Archaeological Society 6th ‘Excavations at Thornton Abbey’; 13th ‘The Dovedale Hoard’; 20th ‘Boarding Schools for Girls in Victorian Derbyshire’, St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Lane, Derby, 7.30pm

Derbyshire Embroiderers’ Guild 14th Morning workshops 10.30-12.30pm, followed by talk on textiles at Bakewell’s Old House Museum at 2pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Darley Ln, Derby. Tel: 01773 835995

Derbyshire Photographic Society 2nd ‘Insects’ practical evening; 9th ‘Faith’ theme competition; 16th ‘To the Faroe Islands by Motorbike’, 23rd Nature Competition; 30th Street Photography, Activities Room, Eborn House, Broadway, Derby, 7.30pm

Brampton Living History Group 30th ‘Chesterfield in 1914’, St Thomas’s Church Parish Centre, Chatsworth Rd, Brampton, 7.30pm

Derby & Sandiacre Canal Society 24th ‘Derbyshire Place Names’, The Wilmot Arms, Derby Road, Borrowash, 8pm

Derby Poetry Society 13th Members’ evening on the war poems of TP Cameron Wilson, Friends Meeting House, St Helen’s St, Derby, 7.30pm

The Hardy Plant Society (Derbys) 21st ‘Where the Wild Things Are or Were’, Shirland Village Hall, nr Alfreton, 2pm

Helen’s Trust Charity Event 12th Roy Hattersley in conversation with Matthew Parris, Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the-Water, 7.30pm. Tickets £15 from Helen’s Trust at 2 Granby Steet, Bakewell or online at www.helenstrust.org.uk

Heath & District Heritage Society 2nd ‘The Work of the Woodland Trust’; 9th ‘Collecting Aeroplanes’; 16th ‘English Country Houses’; 23rd ‘Rags to Riches – Theatre Costumes’; 30th ‘History is Boring – Memories of a Teacher’, Heath Primary School, Chesterfield, 7.30pm

Kyleburn Historical Society 19th ‘The World of Chocolate and Creating a Wedding Cake for Prince William’ by Barry Colenso, Kilburn Baptist Chapel Schoolroom, 7.30pm

Matlock Antiques & Collectables Society 13th ‘Periods and Styles of Furniture’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

Matlock & District Embroiderers’ Group 23rd ‘Colours to Dye For’, Imperial Rooms, Matlock, 7.30pm

National Trust Members Centre (South Derbys) 17th ‘A Tudor Christmas’, Landau Forte College, Derby, 7.30pm

Sawley & District Historical Society 30th ‘The Last of the Shell Workers’, Sawley Church Hall, 7.45pm

Ticknall Preservation & Historical Society 27th ‘Christmas is Coming’, Ticknall Village Hall, near Melbourne, 7.30pm

Willington History Group 12th ‘Derby’s Whitechapel’, The Old School, Castleway, Willington, 7.30pm