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What’s On in and around Derbyshire during February

PUBLISHED: 10:12 31 January 2019

Romeo & Juliet, RSC at Nottingham Theatre Royal Photo: Topher McGrillis

Romeo & Juliet, RSC at Nottingham Theatre Royal Photo: Topher McGrillis

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

MUSIC AND DRAMA

1st

DERBY JAZZ:

Ben Martin Electrickery Band

Déda, Chapel St, 8pm 01332 370911

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1st

Monteverdi’s Vespers

Performed by The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra.

Derby Cathedral, 7.30pm thesixteen.com

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2nd

Circomedia: Out of the Loop

Contemporary circus, physical theatre and comedy.

Déda, Derby, 7.30pm, 01332 370911

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15th

Oliver Wass

Award-winning harpist praised for his dynamism and warmth of tone.

Music at Duffield, Ecclesbourne School, DE56 4GS, 7.30pm. 01332 843191

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16th

The Frog and Henry Band with Ewan Bleach

New Orleans-based band plays early 20s’ jazz, blues and country music.

The Village Hall, Dove Holes, SK17 8BJ, 8pm. 01298 814722

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17th

Rockin’ in Rhythm – the genius of Duke Ellington

Musical tribute by flawless jazz singer Sarah Moule and pianist Simon Wallace.

Crich Glebe Field Centre, Crich, DE4 5EU, 7pm. 01773 853260

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20th

Steve Knightley

Powerful writer and singer of great narrative songs, member of acclaimed duo Show of Hands.

County Hall, Bank Rd, Matlock, 8pm. peak-concerts.co.uk

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23rd

Chapel male voice choir

Concert, with accompanying exhibition, as part of the choir’s centenary celebrations.

New Mills Town Hall, 6pm

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EVENTS

1st-2nd

Winding Wheel Beer Festival

Chesterfield, S41 7SA, 11am-4pm and 6.30-11pm

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2nd

Star-gazing at Alvaston Park

Explore the night skies through a Derby & District Astronomy Society telescope and take part in craft activities and story telling

Alvaston Park, 5-9pm

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4th, 5th, 13th, 14th

Calke Abbey: Dine & Discover

The Stableyards (4th), 19th century country house food (5th), the art of making jewellery (13th), and the controversial love story of the 7th baronet and the ladies’ maid (14th) – followed by lunch. Calke Abbey, Ticknall, 10.45am, 01332 863822

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8th-10th

Touring Film Programme

Screenings of Japanese films on the theme of love, previously unseen in the UK.

QUAD, Derby, 01332 290606

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10th

Open Sunday Codnor Castle

Heritage Trust with a guided talk and tour of the early medieval ruins.

Castle Farm, Castle Lane NG16 5PQ, 11am-3.30pm

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10th

Longshaw Estate Woodland Day

S11 7TZ, 11am-3.30pm, 01433 631757

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14th-15th

Kedleston Noir

The Lost Boys and the National Trust host the society party of the season, with a fateful twist. Hard-bitten detective PI Bill Houston deals with a host of shady characters.

Kedleston Hall, Derby, 7.30pm 01332 255800

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16th

Capture Calke on camera

A creative walk in the park with the photography team.

Calke Abbey, 10.30am, 01332 863822

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16th

Morning bird walk

Two-mile winter walk in the parkland.

Kedleston Hall, 9am, 01332 255800

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16th-15th March

We are Bess

Another chance to see the acclaimed exhibition which reveals a new side to Bess of Hardwick’s story through the voices and experiences of modern day women. From household names to local women, the portraits of 16 modern women by photographer Rachel Adams sit alongside the Tudor portraits in the Long Gallery.

Hardwick Hall, 01246 850430

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18th-22nd

Medieval Mayhem

Squire training and games to test skill and courage.

Bolsover Castle, 11am-3pm

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20th-23rd

15th Derby Camra winter ale festival

Local and nationally-brewed ales, ciders, perries and live music. Derby Roundhouse, Pride Park

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27th

Nordic Walking Taster

Booking Essential: 07469 895267. Ilam Park, 10am

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THEATRE HIGHLIGHTS

Buxton Opera House 01298 72190

3rd The Illegal Eagles Outstanding tribute replicating the Eagles’ distinctive sound – great musical prowess and showmanship

9th Aretha - Respect Four decades of classic hits featuring soul sensation Janine Johnson

10th The Greatest Show New Mills-based The Performance Academy returns with its fifth dance and performance showcase – local students from 3-18 years old

14th Cloudbusting - 40 years of Kate Bush Five-piece tribute band with a new show

15th Collabro - ‘Road to Royal Albert Hall’ tour After last year’s sell-out tour, the musical theatre group embarks on a 51-date UK tour

17th Pasadena Roof Orchestra Timeless classics from the 1920s and 30s

18th Fisherman’s Friends The Port Isaac singers bring their songs of the sea to Buxton

20th-21st Bing Live! The first-ever Bing stage show for pre-schoolers and their families

23rd What’s Love Got to Do with It? High energy, feel-good celebration of the music of Tina Turner

24th Joan Collins - Unscripted The superstar reveals career stories and secrets in her one-woman show

28th Wilko Johnson One of the guitar heroes of the era performs - with special guest Glenn Tilbrook.

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Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield 01246 345222

Seven plays to celebrate seven decades of the Pomegranate

29th Jan-2nd Feb Billy Liar

The 1960s’ teenage dreamer

5th-9th The Killing of Sister George Black comedy at its best

12th-16th How the Other Half Loves Alan Ayckbourn’s vintage farce involving three couples and dinner on consecutive evenings

19th-21st West Side Story Presented by Chesterfield Studios

26th-2nd Mar An Evening with Gary Lineker An ailing marriage, a trip to Majorca and England v Germany in the 1990 World Cup semi-final - uproarious

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Winding Wheel, Chesterfield 01298 345222

9th The ELO Experience

10th Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise Some of the country’s best tribute acts

15th Off the Rails Soul Night From motown and disco to beat ska

16th The Upbeat Beatles A journey through the Fab Fours’ musical career

19th Gaelforce Dance Irish dance, music and song

21st Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Back to the 70s!

22nd An Evening with Alice Roberts Exploring Britain’s past

23rd Hello Again: The Story of Neil Diamond

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Derby Theatre 01332 593939

1st-16th Noughts and Crosses Set Two young people in love forced to make a stand in a dystopian society – adapted from the best-selling novel by Malorie Blackman

18th-20th The Worst Witch 
A stage adaptation with original songs, music and magic that features Jill Murphy’s best-loved characters

21st King for a Day: The Nat King Cole Story A fresh look at the life and work of the iconic vocalist

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Guildhall Theatre, Derby 01332 255800

6th Sinfonia Viva: Searching for Mozart A double bill of horn concertos and a landmark Mozart symphony conducted by Frank Zielhorst

8th Leo Houlding The story of Houlding’s daring dream to reach the summit of the most remote mountain on Earth – The Spectre, Antarctica

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Derby Arena 01332 255800

7th, 10th Professor Brian Cox The highly acclaimed broadcaster and Professor of Particle Physics with a new show making challenging ideas accessible to all and exploring the universe and our place within it.

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Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham 0115 989 5555

1st Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathétique’

2nd The Illegal Eagles recreating the Eagles’ distinctive sound with stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs

7th Sandi Toksvig touring her new, one-woman comedy show

14th Paul Carrack ‘The man with the golden voice’ on tour following the release of his latest album

15th London Sinfonietta with works by Steve Reich

20th Brendan Cole Live: Show Man and a great cast with a music and dance extravaganza

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Theatre Royal, Nottingham 0115 989 5555

4th-9th The Full Monty Award-winning production based on the smash hit film

12th-16th Blood Brothers Willy Russell’s legendary musical with the classic ‘Tell me it’s not true’

19th-23rd Romeo & Juliet Following a stint at the Barbican, the RSC’s contemporary production

26th-2nd Horrible Histories ‘Terrible Tudors’ or ‘Awful Egyptians’ bring historical figures and events alive on stage

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Nottingham Playhouse 0115 941 9419

2nd The Ronnie Scott’s Story: 60th anniversary concert

8th-23rd Wonderland drama about the 1983-85 miners’ strike, written by Notts miner’s daughter Beth Steel

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