The Inspector Flushman Mysteries
Inspector Stanley Flushman fights crime all over the world. But when a virus pandemic hits, he is left stranded on a small island somewhere off the Scottish coast. Unbelievably, a heinous crime is committed on the island, and Flushman is the only one who can solve the case. Enjoy this family-friendly, fun-packed 4 episode series all in one go! See the scene of the crime, clock key witnesses, suss out suspects and eventually, all will be revealed.
The Family Cabaret
A perfect mixture of events for families on Sunday morning, Jenny Richard’s ‘The Sensingtons’ is a sci-fi adventure for pre-school children, storytelling from Rachel Murray, Lu Jeffery reads Eve Merriam’s Frying Pan in the Moving Van, Charlotte West-Oram reads the Jabberwocky and the Wirksworth Music Centre students come together for the Biggest Big Band experience!
Castaways from Wirksworth
DJ Su-ki & George Grignon
DJ Su-ki will be casting away 3 local guests over the weekend. Sunday’s castaway is George Grignon, who some of you may have heard of. He’s the drummer of Deep Soul and he takes us on a journey, charting the history of music through gospel, the blues, jazz and rock. Each of the episodes are fascinating and informative, as well as showcasing some great music, so don’t miss them! Here’s the link to the piece with Matt Ratcliffe that George talks about in his interview.
John Wheeldon Talks Ceramics
Wirksworth Festival Chair, Carol Taylor, in conversation with celebrated local potter, John Wheeldon. What set him on the way to being a potter? What were his inspirations as a young man? How has his practice changed during lockdown?
Mark Lockett & Chris Webb
Musician, Mark Lockett and photographer, Chris Webb have come together to make a rather special film for our Online Festival – Watercourse.
Mark: The music plays with the idea movement, evolving and unfolding. The first part has abrupt changes, as though cut up and reassembled, while the second part has a more pastoral air.
Chris: Mark used to commute to work at Birmingham Conservatoire along the canals. My great grandfather and his father were boatmen on the Tipton Canals. The music evokes a physical and historic journey to me. The film locations were determined by those events.
The Opera Session
Natalie, David and Rahna Windsor
Natalie Windsor with parents Rahna and David perform two unique arrangements of songs from well known operas – Lascia ch’io pianga by Handel and Mon cœur s’ouvre a ta voix, by Saint-Saëns. Recorded for Wirksworth Festival Online at 1,000ft in Biddulph Moor, North Staffordshire on 9th August 2020
Raise Your Voices Virtual Concert 2020
Raise Your Voices Choir
Raise Your Voices was formed in 2010, purely for the joy of singing. This Community Choir is led by musical director Lester Simpson, acclaimed a cappella singer and soloist, songwriter, musician, broadcaster, sailor, cyclist and more… Enjoy this film Raise Your Voices have put together for our Online Festival this year, celebrating many of the choir’s high points over the years!
Tales from the Vestry - extract from Londonia
Kate A Hardy reads an extract from her recently published novel, ‘Londonia’ – a dystopian, yet hopeful story set in 2072 in which the internet and other modern technologies have collapsed. An elite have sealed themselves up in central London, while everyone else has to get on as best they can, making-do, bartering and cooperating with their neighbours.
Isolation Art Club
Maxine Hall from Blackpop: “Wirksworth is famed for its community spirit and I wanted to embrace this culture. When lockdown arrived, I thought of friends who were home alone and the idea for Isolation Art Club arrived. Before we knew it we had a group of around 50, ranging from someone shielding alone in a remote part of Scotland, isolationists in a high rise flat in Rome, to a dance troop bubble in Wirksworth. Each week had a new theme, 9pm was really exciting, social media had come of age, we embraced the artwork and each other.” Here are some of the highlights.
Barmy Dale (Part 2)
Radio sitcom first broadcast on BBC Radio in July 2020.
Starring Juliet Howland, Camilla Simson, Stuart Wheeldon & Martin Skellern
Across the globe, the population of the world is in lockdown. In the fictional Derbyshire town of Barmy Dale the circumstances are no different. Follow the lives of Keith and Gracie from number 46 Dale Lane and rivals Dan and Sharon from the pub across the road as they cope with lockdown life and get up to all sorts of hilarious shenanigans!
During the 2020 lockdown, the Wuzzalele Uke Jam was forced online. Using live Uke Jam recordings, together with additional online recordings, Wirksworth’s own ukulele troupe invite you to sing along with all those songs you wish you’d forgotten!
Andy Martin, melodeon player with Loscoe State Opera and organiser of Matlock’s Exile Music Festival, presents a rousing session of folk tunes for our Online Festival including Loscoe State Opera’s Midsummer’s Day, Miniature Disasters – a KT Tunstall song performed by Deborah Short and John Adams, Normandy Waltz by Paul Bunting and Karine Polwart’s lyrically biting song “Sorry” performed by Deborah Short and John Adams.
Music from Your Local
Music from Your Local presents a session of some of Wirksworth’s best-loved musicians all filmed for our Online Festival during lockdown – including Robyn Wallis Johnson, Hattie Hatstar, Lester Simpson, South-Facer and Leftychris!
Tanisha Rose Vincent & Robert Dimbleby
We finish the weekend’s online events with a fabulous gig from a new soul-jazz duo, featuring Rob on keys and Tanisha on vocals, recorded during lockdown exclusively for Wirksworth Festival Online 2020
Lockdown has given Skiffle Band, Please Y’Self the space to relax and record the quieter songs they have performed over the past 48 years. But just in case you think they are mellowing as they get older, there’s also a surprise video recorded in full lockdown!
There is some nudity in this video!